Designed by the famous Groupe Finot, naval architects with more production yachts afloat than any other design firm, the Beneteau 423 has both brawn and beauty. A confident bluewater hull combined with extraordinary comfort, gorgeous interior woodwork, loads of volume and plenty of light will satisfy the most demanding sailors whether it is for offshore sailing or cruising in the harbor. In 2005 Beneteau USA went with the Neil Pryde PBF main (vertical battens) as standard.
LOA : 43′ 2″
LWL : 41′ 8″
Beam : 12′ 11″
Mast length (over water) : 54′ 4″
Draft (shoal) : 4′ 9″
Draft (standard) : 5′ 7″
Draft (optional) : 6′ 11″
Ballast (standard) : 5,836 lbs.
Ballast (optional) : 5,569 lbs.
Displacement : 19,797 lbs.
Engine : 55 hp.
Fuel Capacity : 53 gal.
Water Capacity : 143 gal.
Hull / Designer : Groupe Finot
Sail Area : 860 sq. ft.
July 28, 2003
Beneteau 423: Finot Finesse
The Beneteau 423 is a big cruiser with deceptively svelte exterior styling
by Jeremy McGeary
Beneteau’s new line of cruising sailboats underlines how firm is the company’s grasp not only on its customers’ desires but on how to meet them by building well-equipped boats at surprising prices—surprisingly low, that is. For anyone seriously in the market for a new boat in the 40-foot range, $190,000 is a mighty attractive starting point, so let’s look at what it buys.
First off, as anyone who follows our Classic Plastic series will be aware, today’s 40-footer is a lot bigger than its 20-year-old antecedent. Much of the extra volume comes from higher freeboard and longer waterlines and is most apparent in vast interior space.
September 2003 by John Kretschmer
Powerful, high-quality cruiser packed with innovative features and cruising comforts
To claim that Beneteau has mastered what it takes to produce successful new boats is a bit of an understatement. The French builder seems to have a direct line into the psyche of sailors the world over. Take the new 423 for example. Groupe Finot is responsible for designing this handsome, versatile 42-foot cruiser that appeals to a broad spectrum of sailors, from hardcore voyagers to casual weekenders looking for a little stress relief with its good performance and great accommodations.
High-volume boatbuilders strive to provide more boat, more conveniences, and more standard features for less money, and the Beneteau 423 made our list because it does just that. It’s a spacious 42-footer that sails well, has comfortable accommodations and sufficient systems, and is equipped with a long list of standard features (many of which are options on other boats) at a price that makes it an excellent value.
Because of the low base price, we were on high alert for evidence of corner-cutting, but many features received favorable ratings. We liked the lighting, the ventilation, and the anti-skid on the companionway stairs. Cabins are spacious, though the forward berth could be a bit bigger. The galley is notable for its large size, copious stowage and counter space, generous fiddles, high-volume refrigerator and freezer, and good bracing points. The nav station is comfortable; while the table is too small for a full-size chart book, there is sufficient space to mount electronics. The electrical system is up to snuff, and engine access is good.
by Quentin Warren June 2003
The new 43-footer from Beneteau is a lively performer with refined living quarters
Two and a half years ago, Beneteau introduced a new
member of their offshore cruising-boat fleet to the American sailing market at the 2000 Annapolis (Md.) Sail Boat Show. It was the Beneteau 473, an updated approach to the production cruiser, bringing elements of Open 60 thinking into a genre aimed at families and passagemaking, at sailing in comfort and style. Among those elements were a narrow bow, generous beam and a broad transom, features with which the design office behind the project, Groupe Finot, were only too familiar. BWS shipped aboard hull number one for a 400-mile outing to evaluate how well the concept worked (see “Redefining the Family Passage-maker,” BWS April 2001). Tellingly, Beneteau would take over 70 orders of that boat in the ensuing 10 months.
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