2016 Beneteau Sense 50

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Yacht Overview

Make: Beneteau

Model: Sense 50

Year: 2016

Length: 50′

Located In: Brunswick, GA

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8342001


Unique in her class!  The luxurious Beneteau Sense 50 truly stands apart from other monohulls with her open layout, catamaran-like connected cockpit and saloon, scenic saloon windows with wrap-around views, ease and comfort with less heeling under sail, and the precise maneuverability of Beneteau’s Dock & Go joystick system.  For these reasons and more, the Beneteau Sense 50 received the “Best Full-Size Cruiser” award in 2011 from Cruising World Magazine and has been turning heads ever since.   

Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 50.08
LWL: 46.08
Beam: 15.92 ft
Maximum Draft: 6.08 ft
Displacement: 33,720 lb
Ballast: 9,811 lb
Bridge Clearance: 74.25 ft


Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 75|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard



Number of single berths: 3
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2

Standard Equipment List

Design made following European Directive requirements and
according to EC certification
  • Monolithic hull in polyester
  • Monolithic structural hull liner laminated and bonded to the hull
  • Deck in balsa and glass fiber sandwich covered in "diamond point" type non-slip surface
  • Deck hull joint bonded and screwed, with 1solid wood toerail
  • Cast iron keel fixed with bolts and stainless steel backing plates
  • Twin underhung rudders with stainless steel stock
  • White colored hull - Grey metallic livery


  • Standard mast 9/10 anodized aluminum installed on the deck, 2 sets of spreaders - MDS roller slides
  • Anodized aluminum boom
  • Discontinuous stainless steel standing rigging
  • Backstay: Bridle
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Genoa furling system with drum on the deck
  • 2 "STANDUP" blocks on mainsheet arch
  • 2 Genoa tracks with piston adjusted traveller cars - 2 Genoa sheet return blocks
  • Rigging run back to cockpit (except boom topping lift)
  • Complete running rigging: Main halyard, Genoa halyard with clutch on mast and cleat, Boom topping lift with cleat on mast,
  • Mainsheet, 2 Genoa sheets 2 Reefing lines, 1 Manual reef
  • 12 Line stoppers, and other control lines
  • 2 Line storage boxes

  • 2 Self-tailing genoa sheet winches (H60.2 STC)
  • 2 Self tailing coachroof winches (H46.2 STC)
  • 2 Winch handles SpeedGrip
  • 2 Winch handle holders

  • Furling genoa with UV protective strip DACRON
  • Full batten dacron mainsail DACRON
  • Lazy Jack System and Lazy bag in Natural color

  • Self-bailing chain locker with clench eye
  • 1 Opening access cover to chain locker
  • Stainless steel bow fitting 2 rollers - Stainless steel bobstay
  • 12 V - 1500 W Vertical electric windlass - Remote control
  • 8 Aluminum mooring cleats - Stainless steel deck line protection

  • 1 Open stainless steel forward pulpit - Step
  • 2 Fixed stainless steel pushpits
  • Stainless steel backrests fitted to helm seats
  • 1 Ring lifebuoy bracket
  • 1 Outboard engine bracket
  • 1 Ensign staff
  • Double lifelines and stainless steel stanchions - Access to port and to starboard in lifelines
  • 2 Stainless steel handrails on deck
  • 2 Stainless steel handrails on fixed arch

  • Self-bailing cockpit
  • 1 Port cockpit locker (access to technical space)
  • 1 Starboard cockpit locker (access to technical space)
  • Gas locker beneath starboard cockpit seat
  • Natural solid wood slatted cockpit benches
  • 1 Liferaft locker in cockpit sole
  • 2 Steering wheel consoles: Stainless steel steering wheels - 900 mm / 2'11" diameter - Leather covered - Stainless steel handrail - Navigation instrument pod (optional instruments) - Glass holder - 2 Steering compass on consoles
  • Deck plate for access to tiller system
  • Backrests at helm Natte Stone
  • Transom protector for raising the tender
  • 1 Emergency tiller
  • Engine throttle and control panel to starboard
  • Wooden cockpit table with leaf to starboard which can be transformed into sun-bathing area
  • 2 Waterproof speakers on fixed arch
  • Cockpit lighting integrated in fixed arch
  • 1 Glazed companionway hatch slides under the deck
  • 1 Glazed companionway hatch drops into cockpit sole - manually operated
  • 2 Fixed deck windows

  • Retractable transom to cockpit
  • 2 Height-adjustable helmsman's seats
  • Natural solid wood decking on swim platform
  • 1 Stainless steel swimming ladder - Solid wood steps - folds into locker
  • 1 Hot and cold cockpit shower
  • 1 Shore power socket
  • 2 Wet lockers on skirt

INTERIOR ____________________________________
  • "Cherry stained" Apli joinery
  • White ceruse oak laminate flooring
  • Fore hull and bulkhead covered with vinyl fabric ceiling
  • Fabric upholstery in the salon
  • Marine mattresses in the cabins

Headroom: 1,98 m / 6'6"
  • Wooden companionway with cold-molded 3 steps
  • 2 Leather covered stainless steel handrails

Headroom: 1,98 m / 6'6"
  • U-shaped salon bench
  • Salon table in 1 piece, Varnished wood top with inlay, Aluminum legs.
  • 1 Central unit with folding bench seat - Storage - Bar
  • Cubby hole lockers and storage along the hull, Storage under bench seats
  • 1 Hull porthole with curtain
  • 1 Fixed deck house side window with concertina blind
  • 1 Fixed wrap-around window to cockpit
  • 1 Flush deck hatch with shutter / Mosquito screen
  • 1 Dorade

  • Control console with flap - Glove boxes - Storage - Molded wood beading
  • Navigator's seat with (15°) tilting cushion to compensate for heel
  • Electrical panel
  • Navigation instrument panel (without instruments)
  • Radio CD player / Stereo MP3 - 2 Loudspeakers
  • Battery switch panel + Breaker panel

Headroom: 1,98 m / 6'6"
  • Lengthways galley counter
  • Synthetic resin worktop in grey
  • 1 Sink with 2 rectangular bowls, in Grey synthetic resin
  • 1 Valve - Faucet
  • 1 Gas stove 2 burners, Stainless steel oven on gimbal mountings
  • 1 Fridge 200 L, ice-cube tray front and top-opening
  • 1 Cooler 100 L, top opening
  • Cupboard units - Drawers - equipped lockers
  • 1 Hull porthole with curtain
  • 1 Fixed deck house side window with concertina blind
  • 1 Fixed wrap-around window to cockpit + Blinds

Headroom: 1,90 m / 6'3"
  • Central double bed (2,00 x 1,02 m - 1,57 m / 6'7" x 3'4" - 5'2"), Slatted bed base
  • 2 Hanging lockers, Cupboard, Cubby hole lockers, Glove boxes - 3 Drawers
  • Mirrors
  • 2 Hull portholes with curtain
  • 2 Opening deck hatches with blind / Mosquito screens
  • 1 Dorade

Headroom: 1,99 m / 6'6"
Private entrance through forward cabin
  • Separate molded shower, Faucet, Shower screen
  • Manual marine toilet
  • Sink - Worktop - Faucet
  • 2 Mirrors
  • Toilet accessories
  • Cupboard and cubby hole
  • 2 Flush deck hatches with shutter / Mosquito screens

Headroom: 1,98 m / 6'6"
  • Double bed (2,00 x 1,05 m - 1,43 m / 6'7" x 3'5" - 4'8") - Slatted bed base
  • Hanging locker, Cupboard units, Lockers and cubby holes
  • 1 Hull porthole with curtain
  • 2 Opening deck hatches with blind / Mosquito screen

Headroom: 2,05 m / 6'9"
Access by passageway - Private entrance through port cabin
  • Separate molded shower, Faucet, Shower screen
  • Manual marine toilet
  • 1 Rigid holding tank 80L / 21 US Gal
  • Sink - Synthetic resin worktop - Faucet
  • Mirror
  • Toilet accessories
  • Cupboard and cubby hole
  • 1 Fitted deckhouse side window with curtain
  • 1 Opening deck hatch with shutter / Mosquito screen

Sliding entrance door
  • 2 Single bunk-beds
  • Hanging lockers, Cupboard units, Cubby hole lockers
  • 1 Flush deck hatch with shutter / Mosquito screen
  • 1 Hull porthole with curtain

ENGINE _____________________________________
  • Engine Yanmar Diesel 75 hp / HP Sail Drive
  • Engine control - Key start - Control panel in cockpit
  • Engine compartment: Foam soundproofing - Ventilation: 1 air intake and 1 air outlet
  • 1 Alternator 12 V / 125 Ah (Dock & Go: 1 Alternator 12 V / 120 Ah)
  • 1 Rotomoulded diesel tank (415 L / 110 US Gal in the salon) - Electronic gauge - Low level alarm - 1 Deck filler
  • Filters: Sea water - Diesel - Decanter
  • Fixed three blade propeller
  • Engine access via companionway and machinery space (opening with gas piston)

  • 12 V Circuit - 115 V Circuit
  • 2 Service batteries (2x140 Ah) - 1 Engine battery (110 Ah)
  • 1 40 Ah Battery charger - 1 115V Shore power supply - 1 Load balancer
  • Electrical panel (12 V / 115 V) (Circuit breakers - Voltmeter - Water gauge - Fuel gauge - Battery warning - Fuel warning)
  • 11 115 V Power outlets
  • Interior lights LED: Overhead lights
  • Outside lighting: 1 Forward and aft navigation lights - 1 Engine
  • navigation light / Deck light forward of mast - 1 Mooring light on masthead - 1 Deck light
  • Wire runs for options cables

PLUMBING ___________________________________
  • 2 Rotomolded freshwater tanks (200 L / 53 US Gal Salon - 330 L / 87 US Gal forward cabin) - Separate fillers - Tank selection with ¼ by-pass valves
  • Waterpressure system - Expansion tank - Inline filter
  • 40 L / 11 US Gal Electric water heater (Operation off engine or on 115 V electrical system)
  • 1 80 L / 21 US Gal rigid black water holding tank in port head compartment
  • Electrical shower drain pumps
  • 2 Electric bilge pumps - 1 Manual bilge pump
  • 1 Electric ice box drain pump

GAS ________________________________________
  • Gas bottle box in the cockpit (1 or 2 bottles, according to model)
  • Regulator and solenoid

Beneteau Sense 50 Brochure
BENETEAU SENSE 50 -- Live the Magic of the Sea
Set off to sea, be carried away on a dream and take possession of this wonderful yacht on which life on board is pure pleasure.  With her unique simplicity and freedom, Sense echoes with an invitation to come and experience the magic of the sea.  Sense is a new concept, in which cruising has been completely rethought, and it will change your ideas on yachting!  Life onboard has been studied in terms of shape, function and navigation and her hull has been created for high-performance and good sea-keeping taking you to far off shores. To design a new lifestyle at sea, Beneteau started from scratch, opening
the doors to a new world. Welcome on board the Sense (50’), a truly seaworthy yacht.
SIMPLICITY -- Sense is all simplicity - simple to sail, simple to live aboard.  Life at sea is organized around three large areas.  To the stern, life outside stretches tirelessly between the bathing platform, open helm station and maneuvering space and the spacious cockpit designed as a terrace.  Beneath this generous space is plenty of stowage andall the machinery.  Amidships, the living area is linked in a novel way with the outside. Forward, the night area accommodates bedrooms, a desk area and shower-rooms.
FREEDOM -- Freedom to anchor, freedom at sea.  Everything about Sense is an ode to freedom. Life on board has been thought out to help you be as self-sufficient as possible and make you feel good at all times.  Both sailing and at anchor, Sense provides unusual stability, and you can move about her as free as the wind.  The three step 45° companionway connects the interior with the exterior with a flow that is as yet unequalled on a monohull.  She offers free access to all the pleasure of the sea thanks to the jack-assisted stern transom which lowers fully and the two helm seats which lift like a draw bridge.
ESSENTIAL -- Essential is the joy of sailing a yacht with good seakeeping qualities.  The original design of the Sense hull reduces the angle of heel with no loss of performance.  Close to the water, Sense anticipates new desires for comfort in sailing and offers the whole crew a feeling of total safety, whatever their age.
SHARING -- Enjoy the magic of the sea together.  Share the best moments, while each person being free to enjoy life on board at his own place.  From stern to stem, life on board the Sense flows calmly and takes on a new dimension.
LUMINOUS -- Luminous and elegant. With natural and artificial light, Sense gives a sense of space.  Her many large openings let light circulate and make for clear vision. Light is all-pervading but never overhead to keep her cool.  Her openings are carefullystudied to ventilate inside no matter what direction the wind is coming from. The artificial LED lighting divides the energy requirements by five and reduces the heat factor significantly.
TRAILBLAZER -- Sense minimizes her environmental footprint by reducing the energyconsumption of the two most demanding units: lighting and refrigeration.  She is also designed to house the hybrid engine with regeneration technology, developed by the Beneteau Foundation.  Finally, eligible for “Dock & Go” technology, the Sense makes the most complicated maneuvers child’s play.  There is a sense to life at sea! 

Beneteau Sense 50' Review
Beneteau Sense 50: It Just Makes Sense
By Zuzana Prochazka

There are few boats that truly earn the title of ‘show stopper,’ but this year in Annapolis the Beneteau Sense 50 did exactly that.  At noon, 2pm and 6pm, Beneteau untied the docklines and spun the 50-footer in its own length under its own power, often against a 20 knot cross breeze.  That caught the attention of the eager crowds lining the docks and got them to come aboard.  This boat was designed from scratch with innovative ideas that, you guessed it, just make sense.

The boat’s maneuverability comes from Beneteau’s Dock and Go steering system. It features a joystick control that synchronizes a 360 degree pivoting propeller with a bowthruster to move the boat forward, aft, or completely sideways. As the boat spins, the Yanmar 75HP sail drive coordinates with the bowthruster while the Raymarine autopilot manages the rudder. This is very much like what Volvo did with their IPS system for powerboats, and the result is total control with a lot less anxiety—especially when docking.

Cockpit & Deck
And easy boat handling is just the beginning. It seems the yacht design group of Berret-Racoupeau tossed out any preconceived notions of what a cruising monohull should be and started fresh, somehow succeeding in creating a look that’s both imposing and inviting. It’s a massive platform with a 49’ LOA and 15’ 11” on the beam that is carried well aft. This width is what allowed the construction of an almost catamaran-like cockpit, with an easy entry off a broad swim platform and one step up to the twin wheels. Visibility forward from the helm stations is excellent, and there is plenty of room for sailing instruments on one side and a plotter on the other. The joystick is on the starboard side only.

The seats behind each helm station lift up and out to open the entire transom, creating an inviting terrace with a U-shaped settee to starboard and a table that can be folded and lowered to a cocktail table or made into a sun pad or bed for two. On the port side, a straight bench lifts to reveal a large storage space (or an optional bunk for either adventurous children or unruly crew).

Two electric primary winches are within easy reach of the wheels while farther forward, but also on the cockpit coaming, are two more winches with rope clutches to control the rest of the lines and halyards. Built-in sheet boxes provide line storage, though it might get a bit messy given the number of lines. The arch over the companionway secures the mainsheet, allowing for efficient end-boom sheeting. When integrated with a small white dodger forward, the arch is hardly noticeable and blends nicely into the lines of the boat.

The cockpit sole lifts up to access all the machinery. This was done by design to keep all the noise-making equipment well away from the living areas, and the space is accessed via a ladder—there’s even room for a washing machine.

Instead of hatch boards, an optional electric lift adjust the companionway door to any level, so the “doorway” can be as open or closed as conditions dictate.

The decks are wide and clear, with 15 flush hatches and a nice deep anchor locker forward that will allow for a straight fall of the chain from the electric windlass. All control lines are led aft to the cockpit via a tunnel which eliminates clutter and tripping hazards, and the bow, stern and midship cleats are stout and tall to accommodate thick docklines.

Life aboard the Sense 50 is divided into three areas – the easy outdoor living of the cockpit, the centralized social space of the saloon/galley and the quiet cabins forward. Three easy steps, angled at 45 degrees, lead down to the living area where interior design firm Nauta Design was clearly up to the task of continuing the innovative ideas and ergonomics. Sleek, angular and very Euro-chic, the “greatroom” living space is finished in alpi fruitwood with an oak laminated cabin sole. It feels very rich and comfortable.

The straight-line galley runs up the starboard side and has great storage. Everything is built so it doesn’t interrupt the clean lines – even the stove has a slide-away door and countertop to hide when not in use. A pass-through cut-out is built into the aft port for direct communication between the galley and the cockpit.
To port is a U-shaped settee that forms the seat to the sizeable aft-facing nav station, while also wrapping around a table that will seat 6-8 for dinner or drinks. The entire space is interrupted only by a center island, which serves as extra counter space but also hides a folding seat and a pop-up flat screen TV. Both face the saloon.

The Sense 50 is available in two or three cabin layouts. The master stateroom is forward with an island queen berth, a small vanity desk and a large, ensuite head with a stall shower. Two non-opening hull ports and a hatch overhead provide good light. Aft to port is a guest cabin with a double berth, and a second head with a separate stall shower. To starboard is a cabin that has either over/under bunks or can be made into a roomy office with a large desk and lots of cabinet space.

Performance & Options
The Sense 50 hasn’t been broadly available for test sails yet, but everything about the design suggests it will be fast but still manageable. It is designed to deliver maximum performance at 15 degrees of heel, rather than the normal 20 degrees. From the sleek light displacement hull (31,195 lbs.) and low coachroof with angular windows, to the slippery underbody with a spade rudder and choice of keel drafts (6’ 11” or a bulb with 5’ 10”), this boat is almost more like an ocean racing Open 50 than a traditional cruiser. The double spreader rig supports 1313 square feet of sail area, 678 feet of which is in the mainsail, so good speed is expected.

October 24, 2010 -- Boats.com
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