The Beneteau Oceanis 48 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Beneteau Oceanis 48, a light displacement fractional sloop, was designed by Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design and built in France by Beneteau.

A Beneteau Oceanis 48 sailboat at anchorA Beneteau Oceanis 48

Published Specification for the Beneteau Oceanis 48

Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 47'11" (14.6m)

Waterline Length: 43'0" (13.1m)

Beam: 15'7" (4.8m)

Draft: 7'1" (2.2m)

Rig Type: Fractional sloop

Displacement: 29,313lb (13,296kg)

Designer: Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design

Builder: Beneteau (France)

Year First Built: 2012

Published Design Ratios for the Beneteau Oceanis 48

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 19.0

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 27.7

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 165

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 26.3

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.0

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Beneteau Oceanis 48

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 19.0 suggests that the Beneteau Oceanis 48 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 27.7 would usually mean that the Beneteau Oceanis 48 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 165, tells us the Beneteau Oceanis 48 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 26.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Beneteau Oceanis 48 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.0 tells us that a Beneteau Oceanis 48 would not be as good a choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas, when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.

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