2009 Beneteau Oceanis 50
Excellent presentation with extensive upgrades 2018-2021
Two owners, never chartered, low engine hours
Three cabin version, with two heads
Set up for blue water cruising
Powerful 110HP Yanmar engine with shaft drive, regularly serviced
Mast removed & rigging replaced April 2019
Performance Tri-Radial Genoa - New May 2019, barely used
Fully battened Main sail & sail bag - New July 2018
New 2016 3.4m Hypalon Aluminium tender with 15HP Yamaha outboard
Osmosea 60L/h watermaker - New September 2019
Vesper AIS, Anchor Watch and NMEA repeater - New May 2019
38kg Mantus Anchor - New August 2018, over 90m of 12mm chain
SuperWind wind generator - New August 2018
Solar - New panels, wiring, controllers - New 2019, 2020 and 2021
Raymarine electronics with many new components
House Batteries - 750ah AGM - New October 2019
Engine battery - New November 2020 . Bow thruster batteries - 2 X New AGM June 2021
Many spares and extras
Ready to sail away, with recent haulout & new SeaJet antifoul - June 2021
Only for sale due to unforeseen circumstances.
Due South is a stunning example of the proven Oceanis 50 design, and is one of the last produced in this generation (2005 – 2009). Built by the Beneteau company and launched in 2009 this yacht is ideal for offshore long distance cruising and provides luxury and comfort combined with outstanding performance.
Obviously loved and well maintained by her owners this Beneteau Oceanis 50 sails beautifully, is solidly and thoughtfully built and finished to high standard.
It boasts an elegant exterior and sleek lines with large windows. The long and spacious cockpit is tastefully finished in teak. The cockpit features twin helms, with the pivoting navigation console on the table and instruments either side. The folding table is between two large bench seats. The sugar scoop stern can be accessed from the aft bench seat, and a hinged ladder allows water access.
Inside the welcoming ambiance features rich warm woodwork and elegant design. An L-shaped gallery is located on the port side. With its two-metre headroom the very large and spacious salon is ideal for large gatherings. There is a great deal of stowage space available.
This Oceanis 50 is a 3 cabin, owners version with two bathrooms.
A word from the owners:
“We flew from New Zealand to Europe in 2018 with our four boys and a few bags - looking for adventure and to escape the busyness of the rat race, wanting quality time together as we made memories that would inspire our boys to make the most of life.
We looked at many boats before deciding on the Beneteau Oceanis 50. There were so many things about it that were on our list: the L-shaped galley, a spacious cockpit and modern interior, 3 cabins - two head layout, lots of storage, big sail locker and simple, easy to maintain systems.
We narrowed our search and visited many boatyards across Europe before finding Due South. She was in pristine condition, being only lightly used and under the care of a professional skipper. She was perfect: slab reefing for performance, low engine hours for peace of mind, and white hull and teak-free decks for ease of care.
We purchased her mid 2018 and immediately began the process of upgrading for blue water - new sails & ropes, new rigging, upgrading the tender, adding solar and wind generator, spinnaker pole & lines, AIS & more electronics, new batteries and improved anchoring setup amongst other things.
And so Due South has been our home for the past 3 1/2 years as we set out to explore the world together. She's taken us from the eastern shores of Turkey through all of the cuisine and culture of the Mediterranean and down the coast of Africa with her remote islands.
We rocketed across the Atlantic Ocean with her strong winds and surfing down big seas, and explored the Caribbean chain from the exotic Grenadines in the South, to the beautiful Virgin Islands in the north. We will never forget the earthy smell as we approached Panama, with her deep rainforest and the legendary canal, finally giving way to the vast Pacific Ocean. The final challenge was a 29 day passage across to French Polynesia, where paradise awaited us. Remote atolls, stunning diving, perfect kiting conditions, warm people and glorious weather every day.
In short, an amazing family adventure only made possible by our relationship with this fantastic yacht.
Finally as we prepared Due South for another year in paradise, we were shocked to learn that we have a new challenge set before us, which is best tackled with the support of friends and family back in NZ. And so we offer her to you, as well as any support you need as you transition on board and make her your own. We trust that you will enjoy owning her as much as we have." Perryn & Wendy. 18th of August '21
The Beneteau Oceanis 50 has a spacious cockpit lending itself to being the centre of many social occasions and family dinners. We have spent countless hours in this space – eating, talking, laughing, watching sunsets, catching fish, playing and swimming off the sugar scoop, watching the stars while on passage - and can attest that it is a fantastic, usable space.
The big cockpit really is brilliant, and we often find Due South is where other cruisers come to socialise or wind-up the day. The seats are nicely finished with a teak inlay that matches the floor, while the ergonomics are just right for leaning back against the high coamings as you watch the sun go down.
The cockpit is protected by a large spray hood and even larger Bimini, which provides full coverage of the cockpit. Both are the Beneteau factory design, in grey Sunbrella fabric and were re-stitched with UV proof thread in 2020. While sailing you are able to unzip a panel above each helm to clearly view the sails and masthead, as well as roll up the central section of the sprayhood for better airflow or visibility. The previous owner had only lightly used the sprayhood and Bimini and they were in storage previous to 2018.
The centreline cockpit table opens to a generous 1285mm X 1100mm, but is unobtrusive folded away. It has renewed teak (2018) and a removable Osculati lamp for dining at night. At the stern of the table is a swivelling mount for the plotter, making it easily visible and in reach from whichever helm you prefer. There are 12V and USB outlets inside the storage compartment of the table.
The Oceanis 50 sports dual wheels - two big leather-wrapped Goiots - which are perfectly positioned. They are out of the way for everyday socialising, but provide excellent control, situated in a prime vantage point when entering tight spaces. There are dual compasses with sun covers and red night lighting at each helm station.
Finally, the sugar-scoop transom platform, nicely teak planked to match the rest of the cockpit, provides access to both the sea and cockpit. A great place to swim, play, launch your kite or SUP, or just get out of the tender.
While at sea we've found the Beneteau Oceanis 50 to feel secure - with a hinged “drawbridge” which folds down to provide a full width seat across the stern and double lifelines. The cockpit drains freely and quickly should you take on a large wave.
The salon is clearly designed for both comfort & style, and when first coming onboard, most people comment at all the light and the spacious feel. There is a full 2m headroom, plenty of natural light and ventilation, and loads of storage. From the clean lines of the settee to the recessed LED lighting, you get a feeling of luxury and a sense of openness.
The wood is finished in a pleasant mahogany tone and is offset by the neutral colours.
Going below is safe and secure with good hand grips and gently angled companionway stairs. The rest of the salon is pleasantly conventional with a large U-shaped settee surrounding a generous 1160 millimetres X 890 millimetres table to port and two hassocks for added seating, and a settee with armrests to starboard.
The chart table is situated immediately to starboard with a large comfy seat with room for two, an ideal place to monitor everything on board. The lower panel hosts the Victron BMV battery monitor, 220V power supply, the Beneteau switchboard and monitor (fuel, water, batteries), 12V and USB power outlets. The upper panel hosts the Osmosea watermaker control panel, Vesper Watchmate touch screen, Lowrance VHF, Mastervolt touch screen control panel, Epever solar control and the VDU Dayton stereo unit.
The actual chart table is generously sized with lift up storage and several smaller storage compartments. A long drawer and further storage cupboard is below the desk. Underneath the chart table seat is a concentration of electronics including the 2 x Christec 48 battery chargers, 3 x solar MPPT controllers, watermaker fuse box, Victron battery monitor shunt and wind generator controller. At the front of this is a shallow cupboard with all the battery cut-off switches, wind generator control and windlass and electric winch breakers.
The starboard settee has a foldout armrest behind which is storage and access to the chainplate. Under the settee is the watermaker intensifier and membrane, as well as the pressure relief valve.
A custom bookshelf was added making use of the space around the keel step and a pantry locker added under the stairs. Both were professionally crafted from matching timber and fitted in 2018.
There is a lee cloth in breathable fabric on the main settee for an extra berth at passage.
Immediately to port is the L-shaped galley which has ample Corian counters and all the usual amenities, from the gimbaled three burner stove/oven, to twin stainless sinks tucked under the companionway. The front opening 133L fridge is perfectly situated and is paired with a 100L top loading fridge/ freezer. There are numerous lockers and storage throughout, with a cutlery drawers and pull out storage on the end of the main workspace.
The main head is located off the salon just aft of the chart table, and is accessed via either the main cabin or from the starboard aft cabin. There is a shower with folding screen and new shower head & rails (6/2018).
Under the sink is a storage self and access to the holding tank and toilet seacocks. The watermaker filters, priming button and electronic control boxes are also in here.
Forward of the salon, is a beautiful owner’s cabin with an almost queen sized lozenge -shaped berth atop a pedestal with a huge drawer. The mattress is set on top of flexi-slats, which are adjustable for softness. The cabin also has a desk vanity several lockers, and a half-height hanging locker. There are USB, 12 Volt and 220 Volt power outlets.
Beside the bed is the battery switch for the bow thruster batteries.
Under the bed is access to the forward water tank, a storage space and the MaxPower bow thruster & batteries (new 2021).
Under the floor is access to the transducer for depth / speed log / sea water temperature.
The owner’s cabin has a large ensuite head, complete with a shower behind a revolving screen. It has a Jabsco electric toilet, basin, mixer tap and large mirror (new 2021), with a locker with plenty of space for toiletries above the toilet. The 80L holding tank is behind another cupboard, and easily accessed. Under the basin is a cupboard with a shelf for storage, and access to the seacocks, holding tank valve and toilet pumps.
Starboard aft cabin:
The aft cabins are very similar, but the starboard side is slightly larger, and has a door leading directly to the main head, allowing it to be used as an ensuite for guests. It has a queen-size mattress, split to allow for a lee-cloth to be set up when at passage, and on an adjustable flexi-slat base.
Port Aft Cabin:
The port aft cabin has a queen-sized mattress, which is again designed in two halves to allow for the lee-cloth to be raised during passage-making. The breathable lee cloth (2019) is stored under the mattress which is on an adjustable flexi slat base.
Hull, On-Deck & Exterior Features:
One of our favourite features on Due South is the large sail locker in the bow. It has a lockable Lewmar hatch, a ladder and two shelves. Ample storage for multiple sails, fenders, spare anchor, etc.
Forward of this is a vertical Lewmar V4 / 5 anchor windlass with both gypsy and warping head, and the massive bow fitting incorporates twin rollers plus a chainplate for an asymmetric spinnaker.
The hull itself is solid fibreglass with a molded inner liner, and the deck and house are a glass-and-balsa sandwich. The deck is fibreglass non-skid. 8 large cleats are situated around the deck for mooring. The hull is in good condition and was polished in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
SeaJet 034 Emperor antifouling has been used exclusively during our ownership, and we have been very pleased with the performance of this semi-hard coating, in some challenging tropical waters. In 2018 the boat was professionally sanded back, Seajet Primer and SeaJet 034 applied. In 2019 the hull was again cleaned, sanded and two further coats of SeaJet 034 added with a 3rd around the water line and high wear areas.
In 2021 the hull was again cleaned and 3 coats of SeaJet 034 added, with an extra coat around the waterline, keel, rudder, etc. Each time the bow thruster was also disassembled, cleaned, and new antifoul applied. For reference this used 20L.
A new anode was installed 2021.
Engine & Controls:
Due South is powered by the tried-and-true Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 110 horsepower diesel, with only 1556 hours on the clock. (The low hours are primarily due to the first owner's situation; they only did 415 hours in the first 10 years). The 4JH4 is extremely common and in our experience very easy to find parts & service agents for worldwide. It should last many thousands of hours, since this is easily-pushed hull that won't tax the engine. The power is transmitted through a fixed shaft to the three-bladed fixed prop. We average just less than 3 litre per hour and can easily motor at 7-8 knots.
Engine access is very reasonable on all sides with removable panels in the galley, both aft cabins, as well as the main access via the companionway stairs which lifts on gas struts. The engine space is well ventilated and sound proofed.
The engine seacock is located at the front of the engine and has an easily accessed strainer towards the rear port-side.
The engine has been serviced at all recommended intervals with the user manuals on board. The full workshop manual PDF is available on request. The most recent service included impeller, oil change, oil filter and fuel filter change (May 2021).
Other notable service items were:
Mast, Sails & Rigging:
The mast, boom are by Sparcraft, as is the spinnaker pole which is stored vertically on a track on the mast. The spring vang both supports the boom and holds it down. The boom gooseneck were serviced with new bushes (10/ 2019). The new sails & sail bag are by OneSails.
It was important to us to have a rig that would that we could rely on and so in April 2019 we had the mast removed and all standing rigging replaced, using Petersen Hi-Mod closed body fittings. Compact strand (Dyform) wire was used on main side stays.
At the foot of the mast are turning blocks to lead the halyards and lines aft under the deck, which cleans the house, reduces tripping and makes it possible to single-hand when necessary. The Lewmar mainsheet track is forward of the sprayhood, making the cockpit both safe and spacious.
The furler is a Facnor LS290, with twin tracks, meaning you can run a double headsail setup if you choose. It has been reliable and fautless to date. We have replaced the Genoa furler line in 2019, making it longer and adding two soft shackle blocks to facilitate easy reefing on either port or starboard winch. The original length Furler line (new 2018) is in spares.
Other points to note:
All the electrical wiring is factory bundled, secured and labelled, and the plumbing is to the same standards. We have hot & cold pressured water supplies throughout the boat via the Johnson WPS5 pump. The pump uses a relay for its switching which greatly increases the service life - faultless to date. There is a spare relay on board, as well as a spare accumulator tank diaphragm.
There is also a saltwater foot pump in the galley, which we have really appreciated as it greatly reduces water consumption and makes dish rinsing so easy. The Whale foot pump is easy to use, and can be switched to draw from the freshwater tanks if desired.
Fresh water is provided on board via the Osmosea NEW12ES ES 60 LPH watermaker, installed in September 2019. The beauty of this system is the energy recovery pump, which uses significantly less power to run and is one of the most efficient in the market. There are lots of spares on board for the Osmosea.
Points to note:
Electronics, Communication & Navigation:
Due South is relatively simple electrically speaking, but there is still a raft of devices and systems installed to make life safer and easier.
The navigational electronics onboard are by Raymarine and have been upgraded as details below. The VDO switchboard is at the chart table and controls the 240 Volt and the 12 Volt supply to the various systems, as well as monitors the state of all batteries, fuel and water tanks. Behind the panel above this is the rest of the circuit breakers and fuses.
The batteries are all relatively new and meticulously monitored and cared for. We rarely deplete the house bank below 90%, and never lower than 85% SOC. All manuals are on board in hardcopy, with numerous electronic information available on request.
The solar panels function well, being on three separate wiring circuits and controllers, which limits any shading effects that typically hamper solar installations. The controllers have capacity for more panels if needed.
The wind generator is a top of the line Superwind 350. It's very quiet and is usually not able to be heard functioning on board Due South. I should mention that when the batteries are full, the controller dumps the excess power automatically to two big resistors mounted in the engine bay. This emits a barely audible high-pitch noise. Of course you can either use more power, or turn off the wind generator, but just so you know what it is!
There are two spare carbon blades on board.
This section would be incomplete without a word about the Vesper Watchmate, which would be one of our favourite additions to the boat. While doing everything a good AIS should, transmit, receive, and integrating with the other electronics onboard, it has some brilliant features, which have given us countless peaceful nights. Highly customizable, the anchor alarm works flawlessly, alerting you of anchor dragging, wind shifts, etc. and being wired into the boat’s power supply (drawing only 300mA), gives total peace of mind every night at anchor. It is also wired into the Seatalk network, and can both display and repeat all the Raymarine instrument data - meaning you can connect any device or laptop and wirelessly receive your instrument & navigation data, GPS position, etc. This makes the use of OpenCPN possible, with all the benefits of real-time navigation with satellite imagery.
Anchoring is made simple and reliable with a combination of the large 38kg Mantus primary anchor, over 90 metres of heavy 12mm chain, a strong Lewmar windlass, controls both at the bow and helm, and electronic chain counter, and the Vesper anchor watch and alarm. This powerful combination has given us peace of mind anchoring in many new and exotic locations in a huge range of anchoring conditions all around the world. It is no small feat to be able to honestly say we have never dragged since adding the Mantus anchor
The Lewmar V4/V5 windlass has a combination chain / rode gypsy, with manual release. A spare winch handle is stored in the anchor locker for manual release. There are two remote controls, one in the bow sail locker and one at the helm with a chain counter.
Due South has an awesome tender, which not only rides well but looks great in dark grey.
Included Extras & Spares:
Personal items Also available by negotiation:
Upcoming Maintenance and Upgrades:
Nautilus Yacht Management has asked us to comment about upcoming maintenance an if there is anything we would change our thoughts are as follows:
Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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