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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » B - Boats starting with 'B' » Beneteau
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Beneteau Oceanis 473
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1 7976 Tue September 22, 2009
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Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers $310,000.00 9.0
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Description: I have a 2003 Beneteau 473 that I've taken all over the East Coast of the United States and Canada. She spends the winter in Florida and the Bahamas and the summers in Maine and Nova Scotia. I've taken the boat to Bermuda twice. The 473 is very fast even in light winds. She is also extremely comfortable with a huge cockpit, very large salon and galley, great berths (mine is a 2 cabin model). The aft cabin has the equivalent of a California King Bed while the V-Berth has a Queen Size Bed. The forward head also has a fully enclosed shower. The 473 has an amazing amount of storage. I looked at the 423 when I bought my boat but the 473 had so much more storage and room to install auxiliary equipment that I thought the extra cost was more than justified. The boat has a Max-Prop and she backs up in a straight line. Almost like handling an automobile.

The downsides to the boat is the she is a little light offshore in moderate to heavy seas. That said if you added six to ten thousand pounds to the boat she would not handle as well and certainly be slower in light winds.

The boat has the Westerbeke 63D engine with a Westerbeke 7.6 BDT generator in the starboard lazarette. She has every conceivable option including AIS, NavTex, SSB, KVH Satellite TV (DirecTV), wireless remote auto-pilot, wireless remote windlass, 27K BTU forced air diesel heater (Espar) ducted into every cabin including the heads, 600 GPD watermaker, Blue Sea digital shore power monitors with galvanic isolators.

I spend nine months out of the year on the boat and have put thousands of offshore and coastal miles on it and would buy the same boat again.
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rseymour
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Review Date: Tue September 22, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $310,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great sailing boat, well designed with huge amounts of storage and living space
Cons: A little light in heavy seas

The price I paid for the boat new is without some of the extras. I probably have about $375,000 in the boat now and do not regret a single penny. She is a great boat to sail and even at 47' can be single handed very easily. I've gone to Bermuda, the Bahamas and Nova Scotia single handing the boat. If I had to do it over again I'd buy the same boat.
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