47' Beneteau USA 473
The owners have added many custom features:
Converted one of the water tanks into a fuel cell (total of 110 gallons)
Installed a Village Marine Water - Maker12 GPH 288 GPD
Custom Cockpit Cushions
New Dodger - Bimini - Bridge installed 8/14
Main Dining table converts to double berth
Added a custom port in the starboard side storage area ( can be used at a additional berth)
Custom HDTV with digital antenna
Garhauer Custom Davit System with 400 Watt Solar Panels
Garhauer Custom motor lit
Garhauer adjustable genoea
Three Garhauer blocks on main traveler
Custom install of IS tracking system
Quiet fans through out the boat
ALL THROUGH HULLS HAVE BEEN REPLACED
New Sony Stereo with MP3
Beautiful teak Cockpit table with cover
Custom wheel covers
BBQ grill that works while under sail.
Great two cabin layout with starboard storage.
Sailing Mag. Review of the Beneteau 473
Model: Beneteau 473
LOA: 46′ 11″
LWL: 43′ 10″
Beam: 14′ 2″
Draft (stnd): 5′ 7″
Draft (optional): 6′ 11″
Displacement: 24,277 lbs. (approx)
Engine: 55 hp.
Fuel Capacity: 57 gal.
Water Capacity: 222 gal.
Mast Height (over water): 59′ 7″
Hull / Designer: Groupe Finot
Sail Area: 1,076 sq. ft
The designer of this boat is Groupe Finot. In profile this boat reminds me of one of my own older designs, the Norseman 447.
The hull form is French all the way. The ends have been truncated and the stern is about as wide as you would dare go on a conventional hull. The overall beam is not as wide as the smaller French models. L/B for the 473 is moderate at 3.31.
The bow is quite full in plan view, but this is just an effort to push the forward accommodations as far into the bow as possible. The D/L of the 473 is 144. Standard draft is 5 feet, 6 inches, and there is an option for 6 feet, 11 inches of draft with 882 pounds less ballast.
Note the unusually flattened fore-and-aft rocker to the canoe body. I’m not sure if this is a design feature or just a function of the less-than-sensitively drawn profile that I have.
The sailplan shows a modest SA/D of 16.22. This would be an ideal rig for a breezy area like our winter months in the BVI. Summer in Puget Sound would find this rig gasping for breath, but easy to handle.
There are two layouts. The three-cabin layout has mirror image double quarter berths that look huge. The compromise in this three-cabin layout is that the starboard quarter cabin intrudes into the area of the galley, forcing the range up against the bulkhead.
There are two heads and the forward head has a shower stall. The nav station looks generous. The saloon has one of those center island seats,On the plus side they do allow for six people to squeeze into the dinette for some real cozy dining. The forward stateroom is quite spacious with its own access to the forward head.
Excellent lazarette though. Ventilation is provided by 10 opening hatches, including the companionway. There are eight opening hull ports.
The deck plan is distinguished by an immense cockpit, as you might expect when the stern is this wide. There are two wheels and plenty of room to walk between them. The primary sheet winches are located aft where the helmsman can easily reach them. There is a removable drop-leaf table in the forward part of the cockpit. There is a recessed windlass well in the foredeck.
Its distinctly handsome looks alone would be enough to give this boat a closer look.