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Beneteau Oceanis 440
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1 4106 Thu November 16, 2006
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100% of reviewers $150,000.00 10.0












Description: Beneteau Oceanis 440
Keywords: Beneteau Oceanis 440
 


Author
JustinCrowther

Junior Member

Registered: October 2006
Posts: 16
Review Date: Thu November 16, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $150,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent warm water charter or pleasure boat
Cons: Can be a little twitchy and not much fun in 60+knots

I bought an ex charter version a year ago, and she was then put through a major refit.

Re-epoxied below waterline with 13 coats of westcoat and rebuilt mast step and all supports beneath liner (old mast step rotted and poor filling used between liner)

Rewired almost entirely as Sunsail cowboy maintenance have really bodged things over the years (include main connectors on control pannel)

Replaced all interior floors (nightmare job which looks easy - dont believe it!!)

Replaced obsolete smokey Perkins 50 with New Yanmar 54 (dont go for turbo 75 or rebuild as you will have additional costs down the line) goes better and engine under 3 year warrenty.

Also changed forward cabins into 1 with Teak everything. Looks great.

All lockers stripped out lining and painted with 6 coats of international bilge - whu did they bother with that rubbish lining - messy job to re-do)

New bilge/shower pumps (old Lavacs - replaced seats etc - bloddy expensive plastic!) and windless (New Lofrans Tigress), Hood sails (8oz USA cloth - 140% Genoa - both furling) and running/standing rigging (lots of blocks and sheaves - way knackered) In total $50k spent on refurb. Now have a great boat with a few minor quirks.

Could have spent the money on something newer, but have a better/stronger boat than she was originally and she still came in middle road after I got a good price for the original ($150K includes all costs for refit).

She's perfect forwhat I do, which is family and friends crusing and racing from Ft Lauderdale through Bahamas and Caribbean.

She has Air Con and a 2KW silent series generator, huge refrigeration, battery, fuel and water capacity and loads of room for 6 persons. Sailed many different boats over the years.

This ones great for warm waters. We have 6 sets of dive gear stowed, plus 10 person liferaft plus dingy and 8hp outboard. All the fun you need!!

She draws 5'8" and her mast (on my version) is 62' from the water (inc VHF Arial (I tell everyone shes 63' for bridge safety!)

Fastest recorded speed 18.9 knots over 5 minutes over the ground (no tide) reaching in 40 knots. very scarry. Cruising I tell everyone she averages 5 knots (which she has done over lat 3000 miles) but really you can bank on average 6 under sail if you have fair wind and around the same under motor. she regularly exceeds 8 knts on a reach or under spinnaker (I carry 3 on board!)

Hope this helps ;-)))
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