beneteau 473 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 09-04-2001
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
mardon_i is on a distinguished road
beneteau 473

I am thinking of purchasing a 473 and would appreciate any comments (good or bad) about the boat,standard gear and options you have as well as service from the dealer or the company regarding complaints or defects. Many thanks

Mardon
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 09-04-2001
JeffH
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
beneteau 473

I have been very inpressed with the 473 in terms of the general design. I am not a huge fan of Finots wide body designs but this design is a lot more moderate and just looks right.

I basically like Beneteaus but they have often struck me as a bit gimicky with large expanses of plexiglass and tape stripes instead of good solid design. From the first time I saw a 473, they struck me as down to earth, nicely proportioned and purposeful. I like the deck plan which while simply laid out has reasonably wide side decks and a nice workable cockpit. The same down to earth, nicely proportioned and purposeful comments can be said for the interior layout (except the athwartships berth in the aft cabin.)

Beneteau seems to produce a number of lines of boats and each seems to vary pretty widely in quality. I don''t know where 473 falls quality wise but they definately appear to be better thought out designs than the Charter Fleet fodder that you see more commonly out of Beneteau.

The hardware list (with some options added) sounds quite good to me. For example the boat is planned with motorized winches, a really nice feature on a boat this size. On the other hand I would be tempted to order the boat with a lead keel instead of the standard cast iron (Cast Iron is stronger but not as dense and more maintenance prone.) Also there is no way that I would consider getting in-mast furling on a boat like this. A part of this is a prejudice on my part but if that sail jambs half in and half out in any kind of heavy weather you have a very serious problem that I can''t imagine how you would rectify. That goes beyond the simple issues of increased wear and tear on the sail and the near imposiblity to get proper sail shape in a sustained blow with the sals part way reefed. (I know that there are people out there that like their in-mast furlers and disagree with me so for what its worth take this as one person''s opinion, a strongly held one none the less).
Regards
Jeff
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Beneteau vs Hunter SEC Boat Review and Purchase Forum 45 08-04-2011 05:44 PM
Club Beneteau Florida Invitation Jeffrey123 Gear & Maintenance 0 09-11-2004 12:42 PM
Beneteau Club FLorida Invitation Jeffrey123 General Discussion (sailing related) 0 09-11-2004 12:40 PM
Difference in boat prices? mvicsail Boat Review and Purchase Forum 25 01-09-2002 04:10 AM
Hunter vs. Beneteau PASailor Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10 11-12-2000 07:04 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:43 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.