Océanis 281
Shoal draft

Bénéteau presented Océanis 281, the smallest sailboat of the range, in 1994. The aim was most of all on the simplicity and the comfort. A roller-furling Genoa, semi-battened mainsail and lazy-jacks represent the simplicity. The comfort is taken care by the big coachroof that enables generous interior spaces. The saloon can be turned into a two person comfortable bed. On the other hand the fore bunk turns to be a bit tight and might best serve as children's cabin.

Regardless of the cruising boat concept, Océanis reveals to be quite fast. The drawback seems to be her large windage area, which makes harsh weather conditions and harbor maneuvers more difficult.

See the Océanis 281's specifications on

Main Features

ModelOcéanis 281
VersionShoal draft
Sailboat typeCruising monohull
DesignerJean Marie Finot
Pascal Conq
Building years (first/last)1994 / 2001
Number built331
SuccessorOcéanis 282
CE regulationB-6 / C-8
ConstructionGlass fiber/polyester, monolithic hull, sandwich deck
Appendage typeFin with bulb
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all28.5 ft
Hull length27.4 ft
Waterline length24.2 ft
Beam over all9.6 ft
Draft3.8 ft
Mast height38.5 ft
Light displacement6614 lbs
Ballast1742 lbs
French customs tonnage7.58 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader angle15.00 °
Upwind sailarea415 ft²
Downwind sailarea415 ft²
Mainsail area183 ft²
Genoa area233 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

29.5 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

11.3 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

33.3 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

10.0 ft


Ballast ratio26.3 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement138.5 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement138.5 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)13.0

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x MD2020
Engine power1 x 24 hp
Fuel capacity7.9 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeThree-blade propeller


Number of cabin1
Number of berth6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity50.2 gal
Headroom max6.3 ft
Headroom kitchen5.9 ft
Headroom shower room5.9 ft
Headroom5.9 ft
Fore cabin
Length of berth7.0 ft
Width of berth*4.8 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom5.7 ft
Length of berth6.3 ft
Width of berth*6.2 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification2000

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