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46' Beneteau First Sloop

A Special Beneteau

  • Year: 1983
  • Current Price: US$ 79,000
  • Located in Annapolis, MD
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
  • YW# 50186-3106325

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We are pleased to offer the Beneteau First 454 “Caribe” built in 1982 when the Beneteau First series was a well regarded and stoutly built ocean cruising yacht of the times. Caribe is a Beneteau First 456 designed by German Frers, who is probably the among the very best yacht designers today who designs for Hallberg Rassy and other companies as well. Caribe was built in St. Hillaire France in 1984 and spent most of her life in the Caribbean after her prior owner sailed her there from the France. Her current owners bought her in 2002, and have enjoyed sailing all over the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, and Mexico, putting over 5,000 miles under her keel.

Caribe is the owner's version for the Beneteau First with two sleeping cabins, each with its own head. Both cabins sleep two in full size berths. Her main salon has a C shaped settee that makes up into a double berth. With the straight settee berth she actually sleeps seven! With head room of 6'4" she is spacious. You won't feel crowded even with a crew. 

Caribe has had two great owners who maintained her very well. She has been repowered and updated with modern Raymarine electronics, all new winches and even Sirius Radio and an electric toilet. Read on. Caribe is in good shape. For the money, she’s a very good cruising boat that you can buy and just go live the dream!

The last Beneteau First like this that we sold was scooped up by an adventurous sailor from Denmark who bought her and hopped aboard and single-handed her home! The Beneteau First racer cruiser is a classic ocean racer of the 1980's and became well recognized as a single hand race boat.

You might not realize it but the Benjamin Beneteau founded the Beneteau boatyard in Croix de Vie France in the early 1900s building sailing fishing boats! His about 1964 his grandson and granddaughter started building fiberglass sailboats. The Beneteau First  design was the first really successful series of sailing boats from Beneteau. The French sailors have always been the most courageous and adventurous and completive sailors and the Beneteau First established a reputation as a seaworthy pleasure craft for racing and sailing. Within a couple years in the early 80s the Beneteau was one of the top three sailboat manufacturers They expanded into the US building boats in South Carolina.

The Beneteau First of the early eights is regarded as a solid ocean cruiser. They were well built of solid fiberglass in the days when they actually used a lot of fiberglass. The hull shape is proven with a shape entry, beautiful full belly, and tapered stern. She looks like a boat should look. She sails fast. Her fine underbody and spade rudder makes her sleek, racy and responsive. There's a reason these vessels have been sought after by ocean racers for so many years.

Sisterships have completed circumnavigations and we’ve sold more than one. The first owners of Caribe sailed to the Caribbean several times to enjoy all the Islands. Her current owners have enjoyed cruising for four years all over the eastern and western Caribbean, and the East Coast, Bermuda, the Bahamas. They’ve had a grand time.

Over the years of ownership, they have cared for the boat upgrading her with whatever she needed. She’s in good condition and she is a good cruising boat for her age. She sails great and she’s comfortable with many upgrades.

Here are the highlights:

  • Engine - Replaced Perkins 4-108 with a Beta 50 Hp. in October 2014
  • Autopilot, installed a Raymarine Evo400 in May 2017
  • Winches - all the self tailing winches (8) have been replaced with Lewmar Evo winches Primaries (2) - 65's, Secondaries (2) - 50's, halyard and control winches (4) - 43's
  • Tides Marine Strong Track, track replaced 2015
  • Fuel Tank replaced in 2013 (aluminum)
  • Air cooled Waeco (BD50F/Circulating plate) installed 2015
  •  Aft Head - Jabsco electric toilet installed 2015
  • Raymarine E90W hybrid touch chart plotter installed 2013
  • Raymarine Sirius Satellite receiver installed 2013
  • Galley Counter tops replaced with Corian 2012
  • Head counter tops replaced 2013
  • All thru hulls replaced 2013-2017 (except aft head sink)
  • Electrical panel replaced with Blue Sea 360 custom panel in 2012

So if you want to go cruising. You can go now!  Caribe will take you. She knows the way.

Full Specs and more pictures are coming very soon. She is arriving in Annapolis to get all ship shape and ready for you! Call now.

David Walters Yachts, RogueWave Division located in Annapolis MD is your choice for bluewater boats! Buying or Selling... Reach Bernie Jakits at 443-742-1792 or

Reach Bernie Jakits and the RogueWave Division at 443-742-1792 or

RogueWave Yacht Sales has merged with David Walters Yachts! The RogueWave Division in Annapolis MD remains Your Choice for Blue Water Boats.  Annapolis MD is the best place in the world to buy or sell a boat! We take great pride in helping our clients get into the right boat! Call us to discuss your sailing vision! We are always interested in marketing your high quality blue water capable boat!

Email or call anytime, 443-742-1792.

Please contact Bernie Jakits at 1-443-742-1792

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David Walters Yachts

777 SE 20th Street
Suite # 255
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, United States

Tel 954-398-5607
Fax 954-527-4276
Email Us


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