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Very pleasant and capable cruiser. We opted for the inmast furler and the Volvo engine and both turned out to be great choices. In spite of less sail area, the in mast furler allows for lazy outings, safe reefing in a jiffy. The Volvo High torque, low RPM new generation is absolutely unbelievelby quiet and fast(over 9 knots under power). Fast hull, filled with clever storage space, losts of water/diesel for serious cruisers. This hull has less beam than of 393 allowing for a little more performance but remains roomy none the less. Do compare this 423 to the 473 and you'll be surprised by the commodities being almost the same. I prefer the single helm station as it leaves more room to lay down in the cockpit. The French model has the clever Goiot Wheel that can be turned to the side allowing easy access to the open transom.

Performance under sail are quite satisfactory in spite of the in mast furler, image with a fully batten main! We achieved 8 knots on a close haul of 9.5 knots of true wind, pretty decent.

It just leaves Beneteau and their less than glamorous after sales reputation although this is our third Beneteau. The other 2 were First, so this is our first "Oceanis" style boat. Its still called Oceanis in Europe.

All in all, this is the best of all boats we've tried. We tested the Bavaria and the Jeanneau 42DS but call me traditionnal, I like our 423.

Write me and I'll give you a full picture of this gem! Dont tell 473 owners, this is a better boat but awhole lot cheaper.

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