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Beneteau First 456
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Description: Beneteau First 456
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun October 6, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The First 456 is a Frers designed sloop, 45.5 ft loa, 14 ft beam, and 8 ft (yes 8 ft) draft. With the lead keel option and a tall rig, it rates about 66 PHRF and makes a great performance cruiser. The interior is French, with more beauty than function, and it is a bit underpowered with a Perkins 4-108, but it is definitely a lot of boat for the dollar, whether you are circumnavigating or weekending with the family. After 3 years and 20,000 blue water miles, we are still very happy with the boat.


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sat August 28, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Registered: July 2001
Review Date: Wed July 11, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought my First 456 second hand three years ago, and have done some experiences I'd like to share with others. I have a racing version with a deep cast iron keel, and a two spreader masthead.

What to look out for:
Leaks in the deck, especially through stanction posts. If there has been heavy water ingress, you should look out for rot in the lower parts of the bulkheads.

Keel and keel suspension: My keel was bolted on using normal bolts, (not pin bolts with nuts) meaning that tightening the keelbolts could not be done without breaking watertight seals. Hence, I had significant leakages whilst sailing. All keel bolts are now replaced by pinbolts with nuts on top. The glass fibre bottom frame supporting the keel area is not sufficietly dimensioned. Check thoroughly for cracks or get prepared for heavy repair jobs.

Electrical: As most French boats of this vintage, electrical wiring is poorly dimensioned and systemized.

Also: Check propeller stern tube (bronze & corrosion) & sealings as well as rudder bearings.

If you have a boat that is structurally sound, you really have a great cruising boat.

regards

Petter

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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 87
Review Date: Thu May 3, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
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I bought my First 456 in January of 2007 and so far I am very satisfied. Mine has the Lead Keel and the draft is 8 ft. Two spreader mast.

Mine has the keel suspension super reinfoced with structural elements and new oversized bolts and reinforcement stainless steel angles. This was done by the previous owner in the 90's.

If you find one with teak decks dont be discouraged just check for its condition. If you find one without teak decks even better. I have seen them without teak decks and with teak decks and being a Frers design it looks way better with the teak.

The performance is great. Great pointing ability and fast cruising. You will say goodbye to most other cruising boats.
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