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Beneteau 461

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Oceanis 461
1996 October 12
By ROBERT H. PERRY
Bluewater cruiser

Bruce Farr has again combined forces with Beneteau to bring us this new Oceanis 461. It is Euro-styled all the way, and if you like that type of boat, this is a good one. Personally, I’m not too Euro in my yacht tastes. Still, I like to study the beautiful way the Beneteau design team sculpts and tools its decks. The brochure gives the styling credit to Armel Briand.

With the weight of the Farr design office behind the shaping of the hull, we can be sure that this will be a good sailing boat. The D/L is 157. It’s a beamy boat, with plenty of beam carried to the transom. The ends are short but the counter is elevated enough to avoid dragging the transom around. I checked the sheerline with my straightedge and it’s not dead straight, but it’s very close. There might be a total of 3 inches of spring in the entire sheer. Flattish sheerlines go well with this general styling approach.

http://sailingmagazine.net/article-287-oceanis-461.html

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Specifications Model: Oceanis 461 LOA: 46′ 7″ LWL: 39′ 1″ Beam: 13′ 11″ Draft: 5′ 9″ Engine: 63 hp. Fuel Capacity: 53 gal. Water Capacity: 218 gal. Mast Height (over water): 59′ 1″ Hull / Designer: Berret Racoupeau Sail Area: 1,107 sq. ft. CONSTRUCTION HULL: Laminated G.R.P. hull with internal fiberglass grid hull liner, reinforced with unidirectional rovings DECK: Balsa sandwich for stiffness and thermal and acoustic insulation. Vinyl headliner with accent strips in salon & cabinsStructural bulkheads bonded 360° to hull and deck for structural strength

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Hull Type:  Fin w/bulb & spade rudder Rig Type:  Masthead Sloop
LOA:  46.59′ / 14.20m LWL:  39.37′ / 12.00m
Beam:  13.95′ / 4.25m Listed SA:  832 ft2 / 77.29 m2
Draft (max.)  5.74′ / 1.75m Draft (min.)  
Disp.  20944 lbs./ 9500 kgs. Ballast:  7496 lbs. / 3400 kgs.
SA/Disp.:  17.59 Bal./Disp.:  35.79% Disp./Len.:  153.22
Designer:  Bruce Farr & Armel Briand
Builder:  Beneteau
Construct.:  FG Bal. type:  
First Built:  1996 Last Built:  2001 # Built:  
AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)
Make:  Yanmar Model:  4JH2E
Type:  Diesel HP:  
TANKS
Water:  145 gals. / 549 ltrs. Fuel:  53 gals. / 201 ltrs.
RIG DIMENSIONS  KEY
I:  54.53′ / 16.62m J:  15.94′ / 4.86m
P:  46.55′ / 14.19m E:  17.06′ / 5.20m
PY:   EY:  
SPL:   ISP:  
SA(Fore.):  434.60 ft2 / 40.37 m2 SA(Main):  397.07 ft2 / 36.89 m2
Total(calc.)SA:   831.68 ft2 / 77.26 m2 DL ratio:  153.22
SA/Disp:  17.58 Est. Forestay Len.:  56.81′ / 17.32m
Mast Height from DWL:  59.06′ / 18.00m

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