Motorboat & Yachting: The French boating giant has announced that it will be launching the Bénéteau GT46 at next month’s Paris Boat Show.
Not content with the impending launch of the Swift Trawler 30, Beneteau has revealed that it will also be launching a new 44ft sportscruiser at the 2015 Paris Boat Show (December 5-13) in the form of the Bénéteau GT46.
As the pictures above show, it bears more than a striking resemblance to the Beneteau GT40, which was launched this summer.
However, the new arrival will also come with a full-beam owners cabin amidships as well as a forecabin that can be set up as either a double bed or a V-shaped twin berth.
A three-cabin layout with bunk beds replacing the lower saloon will also be offered as an alternative.
Power will come from a choice of Volvo Penta engine set-ups, either IPS 600 or twin 400hp sterndrives.
This should carry the Bénéteau GT46’s second generation Air Step planning hull to a top speed of more than 30 knots.
However, the modestly sized 900l fuel tank means this model will be more suited to short-range coastal cruising than tackling long passages.
The main galley is situated on the lower decks to free up more socialising space in the open-plan cockpit/saloon, although those looking to cook al fresco can make use of the transom wetbar and grill.
Other key features include electrically opening side windows, curved galley skylight, and high-low hydraulic bathing platform.