The new Gran Turismo 49 from Beneteau turned plenty of heads at the Seattle Boat Show, and with good reason.
One of the more interesting aspects of the design is the patented AirStep hull design. This proprietary technology is quite a step up from previous attempts to duct airflow in from the upper part of the hull and exit it out the bottom to in effect run the hull on a very thin cushion of air. The engineers at Beneteau have added hydro dynamically designed forward facing steps to control the flow and lift the hull. They have also added aft runners to further direct the airflow keeping it under the rear of the hull enforcing stability in turns with the overall effect of superbly responsive maneuverability.
Enough for you gearheads, now we get to the part you and your guests will really appreciate and that’s the very well designed and executed interior. The fully equipped king size galley features a fridge-freezer, microwave and ceramic cooking surface to provide all the convenience and modern comforts of home. Beside the galley below decks is the salon of the Gran Turismo 49, enhanced with a skylight and oversized portholes to increase natural light and scenic views. The owner and guest cabins include panoramic windows and each has a bathroom en suite with a separate shower for maximum privacy and comfort.
On deck, the cockpit becomes a place where you can welcome family and friends with eight seats and an outdoor galley. Fully enjoy life at anchor with optional state-of-the-art cockpit grill, glass doors opening to port and starboard, and a large swim platform. Storage and launching of the tender are made easier with a garage which can house a 7’9″ tender with engine.
This model has the Volvo-Penta Stern-Drive propulsion combined with the Air-Step® hull, enabling entirely safe cruising even at high speeds in rough seas. This combination provides comfort and stability from the moment you accelerate. Stern-Drive propulsion enables easy maneuvering of the boat in limited spaces and means that you can gain access to the toughest harbor berths, thanks to the joystick at the steering station.
All in all, as a new boat you will love the layout, excellent site lines from the helm, and especially the large, retractable sunroof over the interior helm station and its guest seating for two. The interior fit and finish is minimalist in styling while still being elegantly luxurious. Clearly Beneteau has a winner with this one.
Specifications: LOA – 51.16’ (15.6m); Hull Length – 45.92’(14.0m); Beam – 14.1’(4.3m); Draft – 3.58’(1.1m); Displ Light – 25,566 lbs(11,600kg); Fuel – 2x172gals(2x 650L); Max HP -2x 435HP.
Pacific Northwest Dealer: Denison Yacht Sales, 2130 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, 206-686-5400