Tuesday, March 2

Beneteau Making New Gran Turismo 41 Express

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Beneteau just announced that it’s making a new Gran Turismo 41 express cruiser with a focus on performance, comfort and entertaining on board. A successor to the Gran Turismo 40, the new 41 has two cabins and one head below, and optional twin 380-hp Volvo sterndrives will give it a top speed of 38 knots.

With its sporty lines, the 41 has a raked front windshield, a hardtop that opens almost all the way aft, and a galley both up and below. It fits in the middle of Beneteau’s Gran Turismo express cruiser line, which has six models from 32 to 50 feet.

You walk on the boat from the teak swim platform via a gate opening to the cockpit on the port side. A large new sun-bathing lounge faces aft for views of the water from the aft deck; a sun pad with new optional reclining backs and a retractable canopy are on the foredeck.

Moving forward from the cockpit, a galley with a grill and sink is to port, while a U-shaped settee is to starboard with a high-low table on a stainless steel pedestal. The helm is centered, with a passenger seat on the starboard side. Visibility is excellent all around.

Below, a dinette is on the port side with a settee and table; the galley is to starboard, as is the head. The master stateroom with a queen-sized berth on the centerline is forward; a second cabin, with twin berths flanking the centerline, is aft.

Standard power comes from twin 300-hp Volvo sterndrives, delivering a 23-knot cruising speed and 33-knot top speed. Optional 380-hp Volvos produce a 27 knot cruising speed and the 38 knot top. The Gran Turismo’s hull is Beneteau’s patented Air Step.

The new Gran Turismo 41 is scheduled to launch this summer.

Specs.: LOA: 41’2”; Beam: 12’8”; Draft: 3’1”; Disp.: 17,491 lbs.; Fuel: 172 gals.; Water: 53 gals.; Power: 2×300-hp Volvo Penta sterndrives, or 2×380-hp Volvo Penta sterndrives. Read more:





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