Sognare is an American built Beneteau Oceanis 411 which was built in 1999 and launched in 2000.
She lived in Florida for a while before being sailed down here to New Zealand.
What really appealed to us when we were looking at boats is Sognare’s two cabin layout. Typically this size Beneteau has a three cabin arrangement with the galley midship opposite the saloon table. For us we have extra seating in that area because our galley is on the aft starboard side and the port side has the aft cabin. It gives us not only more living space but we like the fact you are secure in the galley under sail because there is a wall behind you and plenty to grab onto if you need to. At the bow of the ship is our main head (ensuite bathroom) and cabin.
As a home Sognare offers us everything we need. An electric toilet with holding tank in each head. Great water pressure for showers. 550 litres of water means we can go two weeks at the dock without refilling, and much longer if we are out sailing and actively conserving water. The galley is a great layout and everything is within easy reach. The beds are surprisingly comfortable with memory foam toppers and of course a gentle rocking motion at night makes for a great night’s sleep!
Although the original air conditioning unit and generator had been removed by a previous owner, at this stage we don’t find that to be a problem – New Zealand’s climate doesn’t really require air conditioning and we have a 100Amp high output alternator with 3 stage charging regulator if we need to charge the batteries away from the dock. In the future we will be installing solar – watch this space!
As a yacht Sognare is beautiful to sail. She has a huge wheel which is light to steer. We are able to get 5 knots comfortably under power and sail that with winds of about 12 knots, getting up to 8 knots boat speed as the wind approaches 20 knots. Even though this is our second sail boat we are still very much beginners, but we are finding she’s an absolute pleasure to continue learning on. The furling main and fore sails are definitely a treat! The biggest challenge so far has been a few marina returns where the wind strength has increased and made us work hard to get back on the ropes but with regards to sailing we haven’t had any issues. We know each time we go out we are going to learn something new about the boat and we are becoming more comfortable to push her that little bit more each time.
Sognare is first and foremost a boat and we respect and treat her like one, but she does really well as a home too.We both work full time doing shift work and often spend a few days away at a time on work trips, but we understand now when people say there is no place like home.