Suffering from the dreaded 3-foot-itis? Looking for a bigger boat or something a bit smaller? Want something easy to sail that can accommodate a small family or crew? Then this 2009 Beneteau Oceanis 31 is for you. And she is loaded with a few surprises that will make your next landfall, special and memorable.
2009 Yacht of the Year, Family Cruiser (sail-world.com) This may be a proud boast, but when you design and build something right, and it looks right and sails right, you can’t go wrong. Beneteau describes the Oceanis 31 “…a safe yacht for comfortable, confident crossings…”
Beneteau with Finot-Conq naval architects have been on the forefront of new yacht design, winning awards for both the cruising and racing crowds since the 1960’s. From contemporary to modern, many of their signature design elements have proven the test of time.
Why Should You Buy This Boat?
To start, the functionality of the walk-through transom equally welcomes crew and guests alike aboard Halfway Too. Today’s sailing families have needs that require kayaks or paddle boards, and the transom can do double duty in boarding. For swimmers and snorkelers, an integrated swim ladder is a fine addition. Guests will further find it easy to board from the included tender, along with the folding helm wheel. Safety and ergonomics all in one sensible package.
Cockpit & Canvas
The cockpit as well as the remainder of the wood trim, has been well maintained by the owner. To keep its beauty fresh, an annual touch-up of Sikkens Cetol Marine Teak, is all you need. One innovative design element here is that the entry door is integrated into the sliding hatch. When you unlock, simply life the door and slide it into the hatch, for it has its own compartment.
With an integrated dodger and bimini canvas (2020), you will have shading comfort on those long hot summer days. Also, the integrated windows have their own canvas covers to limit sun degradation, prolonging their life. To feel the breeze, the centre window can be lowered.
It’s not too often that boats have both solar and wind power. Halfway Too has a 160W solar array with an Air Breeze wind turbine that can provide more than adequate battery charging. From extending remote anchorages, to not paying shore power fees, the benefits are many.
Solid Rigging and Class ‘B’ Offshore Classified
The 7/8ths fractional rig, provides a sailplane that is easier to sail. Having a bigger main and a small jib to handle, it makes tacking and overall sail handling a breeze. Even better, both the main and jib are furling sails, a real convenience that does not take up any space below.
Also, what you have here is a Class ‘B’ offshore rated vessel. This means this vessel is capable to navigate offshore passages that can handle 40 knot winds, and 4 metre waves. This is a very stringent design parameter from Europe, through detailed design analysis. You may not sail under these conditions, but it’s nice to know that Halfway Too can weather it out.
A Cabin with Ambiance
From the warm woodwork, to a well detailed and efficient galley with durable fabrics, you know you are on something special. Pending your mood, you can make the interior as bright or as private as you want, thanks to the long and accented curtains, and the integrated sunshades and insect screens for the hatches. Integrated ports allows a pleasing cross breeze to enter.
With a Webasto heating system, you can easily extend your cruising calendar. From the aft cabin to the forepeak, all areas can be a few degrees warmer in comfort.
Marine Surveyor’s Comments
From a May 2017 survey, Halfway Too is “…a clean, well equipped and diligently maintained yacht…suitable for use cruising the protected waters of the Pacific Northwest”
If these attributes intrigue you, please read on about Halfway Too, and make an appointment to view her. You will be glad you did. Happy Landfalls!
The vendor is very proud of his boat and the way that she has been kept and would be honoured to assist in orientating the new owner to his new vessel.