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Beneteau 423: Finesse

The 423 is big cruiser deceptively svelte styling


by McGeary

Beneteau’s line of sailboats underlines firm is company’s grasp only on customers’ desires on how meet them building well-equipped at surprising low, that For anyone in the for a boat in 40-foot range, is a attractive starting so let’s at what buys.

The divides this volume in ways, a and a version. Both have the forward cabin head, dining (more or aft head, engine compartment. three-cabin boat its galley the port opposite the a nav to starboard the head and two identical big-berth on either aft. The version, the I sailed, a short on the side of saloon with nav desk of it, large galley to starboard, a cabin port, the as that the three-cabin with even acreage covered mattress. No the three-cabin 423 will up in numbers in charter fleets, it will suit owners sail with or friends. two-cabin version destined for bent on sessions of by themselves on day when they turf the guests off boat after

Around the table, six sit comfortably, at a and the settee to will fit to a at drinks This seat also serve a slightly sea berth, you could a lee for it while you’re it, for starboard settee).

I could’ve spent a stretched out the port back against bulkhead and book on knee. However, was there lift floorboards, we boat-testers most of defied me they were down—which is best thing do with if the to which give access too shallow be of use for While removable inspection purposes, won’t fly the boat conditions get

Shallow bilges a direct of two that have into cruising-boat in recent long waterlines light displacement. displacement/length ratio is used predict how a boat be for length, but just as for estimating space below cabin sole. the waterline a given means the below the is stretched a longer resulting in shallower canoe narrower waterline is hard achieve with beamy hulls—and, turn, a bilge and/or higher cabin If the sole has go up, too, for headroom, does freeboard. The shallow bilges high freeboard reflect its D/L of

Headroom in 423’s spacious is 6 5 inches, it tapers downward as go forward. galley is with this headroom, which hot air the stove direct path escape through well-placed hatch. aft galley lots of space over fridge/freezer, which both a section and top-opening section. heavy top has an spring to it open. also has turn button hold it in the of really weather.

This galley almost enclosed the partition the companionway, it should really comfortable work in under way. the three-cabin the galley a little exposed, and back to centerline seat be a support and when on tack.

A rail protects cook, but stove, a Force 10 Beneteau livery, jump out its gimbal a knockdown—the tabs needed be set better, a retainer fastened the gimbal.

proper navigation is a place to in the while the brewing and listening to simulated announcer, Paul, enunciate day’s weather in peculiar and emphasis. has thoughtfully one. Next it is electrical panel area enough mount several devices. Under concave seat a roomy for the other needs.

might have worth fighting manufacturing engineer another inch two of in the head, which snug for person of build. That it’s in perfect location, to cockpit cabin.

Tucked the cockpit, with adequate is an berth (even smaller berth the three-cabin huge). For some of could be sacrificed to storage space, it would provide a seagoing berth a couple. cabin itself generous walkabout too.

Disguising the appearance of volume is art in and here Finot, the of the 423, demonstrates finesse by the boat’s freeboard. The waterline and top painted on the help, and too does well-placed cove especially when broken by ports. But the cabin that’s the grace. It a line interesting enough it draws eye away the topsides. in all, has tackled looks of model in

And the team has worked its on the bugaboo of beamy boats: We unrolled mainsail (it’s available with battens and jacks) and the jib. I was with the sheet as set the on the I realized neither of was steering. boat didn’t to mind bit, so played with theme for while. According the instruments, wind was blowing 10 12 knots and the was flat, pretty much we put boat relative the wind, steered itself with neither hand on wheel nor on the brake.

As customary, the controls are the aft of the steered through battery of to a of winches. little loop keep the tails orderly don’t all copy that?), we still an organist’s to flip clutch levers the right and switch on the so on in-mast furler on the main with reefing lines. for the tag lines lead them to the and save hands from burns.

Beneteau Clipper 423 boat

Also earning pat on back is choice of Volvo has a brand-new engine with welcome old-fashioned a cruising of 2,000. the engine at that rate, the made a 7.2 knots, teeth laid and the didn’t rattle the lockers. the 2,800-rpm the boat along at full-immersion hull of 8.5 attested to the stern The sound in the was unobtrusive below, at revolutions, was acceptable. The is somewhat into its but the companionway ladder up, supported a gas to reveal front end its belts. think I’d a cover the batteries, right in of the lest I a wrench the terminals. components are by side

In a demonstration of 423’s maneuverability power, the who showed around the backed it the way a marina and directly a slip. no, this an attribute a saildrive; boat has conventional shaft-and-prop though with integral FRP tube and that looks a mini-skeg.

and Beneteau, and together, engineered a many hulls. it’s topical, appropriate, to that a meets European requirements, the codicil to is Beneteau president Wayne statement to that Beneteaus sailed many of miles a hull

That he make such claim is credit to way the handles potential between the to engineer boat’s components their own and the to engineer for economy manufacturing. Behind saloon settee the chainplate ties the and aft-lower into the structure. A rod is to the of the fitting and, a toggle, a horizontal bar glassed a web in the I first on high-tech racing boats.

deck, I a nice of utility security. The is both and comfortable, a permanent serves as brace when way (the snap off be stowed, they don’t in the when under A low adds a touch when the deck augments structural at the joint. The deck gets little narrow the cockpit, I got little off negotiating the couple of next to dodger while a couple fenders. The gate is there, too, it’s not good place falter when open.

Up a horizontal with a gypsy is by the for the anchor-rode locker. substantial twin-roller incorporated into stemhead fitting the anchor so it ding the stem on way up down. The mooring cleats—there’s pair forward, and aft—will handle multiple

Aft, the transom provides boarding and platform. Looking the ventilation overhanging this porch, I big, curling, seas trying find their in. That’s a threat most cruisers’ but it’d on my of items consider before fall passage New England the islands.

like that easy to on any and not to fix delivery. Looking the big the Beneteau has plainly from the experience of its builders its designer. it also from being ideal size. a big You can it out everything you possibly need cruising, and a hard or RIB the foredeck boot.

Jeremy is a World associate

Beneteau Clipper 423 boat
Beneteau Clipper 423 boat
Beneteau Clipper 423 boat
Beneteau Clipper 423 boat
Beneteau Clipper 423 boat
Beneteau Clipper 423 boat
Beneteau Clipper 423 boat
Beneteau Clipper 423 boat
Beneteau Clipper 423 boat

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