I own an Idylle 11.5 and I like it a lot, even though I have not yet had the opportunity to sail it much. I am very impressed with the way Beneteau designs, engineers and builds boats. The layout below on my boat is superb for short term cruising (eg a month or two at a time), but it would need some changes to be a great liveaboard
, as I would like more storage
space and tankage in a liveaboard
, voyaging boat.
My boat was designed by Beneteau's in-house designers, not Frers. But it's a great design. The hull shape, IMO is not dramatically different from other Ben's of similar size, but it does have a shoal draft keel
(5 feet) and a good solid skeg for the rudder
with a longitudinal piece that stretches forward into the hull bottom from the front of the skeg. The result is that the boat tracks very nicely, and handles pretty well in a seaway.
It won't point very high without a deep keel, but it's very fast on other points of sail.
I love the big Perkins
50 hp, but whoever decided to put the engine
panel at the nav station instead of the cockpit
should be keelhauled.
It would not be very difficult at all to increase all the tankage, and the storage
space below is probably adequate for two. There is tremendous storage as well in three cockpit lazarettes that could be used for canned foods, etc.
would put it on the light side for a blue water boat, but that's not a show stopper, IMHO.
I would have no hesitation about a Beneteau Idylle as a liveaboard voyaging boat.