Sail Magazine chooses the Beneteau Sense 55 as “Boat of The Year” as “Best Flagship Monohull Over 51 Feet”! Thank you Sail magazine!
From Sail Magazine..
With their compact cockpits, full keels and narrow hulls, the cruising boats of old are like a lone watch-stander, bundled up in foul weather gear, head bowed, arms folded, tucked in under a dodger for shelter. By comparison, the Beneteau Sense 55 is a sunbather stretched out on deck in the tropics, clad in cocoa butter and a Speedo. Not that the boat doesn’t sail well: it just represents a very different design philosophy, one that literally opens itself up to let the sunshine in.
The Sense 55’s hull is solid fiberglass, and the deck has a balsa core. The hull-deck joint is screwed and bonded with a polyurethane adhesive sealant, then covered with a solid wood toerail that is bolted in place. The bow is nearly plumb—both in keeping with the latest fashion and to extend waterline length—and a hull chine runs from the transom to a point nearly amidships.