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Seller's Description

Explore the Seas with the Award-Winning Beneteau 473!

Set sail on the same adventurous waters that have carried a family of four through the stunning Caribbean over the past two years. Now, as they transition back to land for work, this beloved vessel seeks a new captain to continue its legacy of exploration and enjoyment. Beneteau 473 is a vessel that has been recognized for its excellence since its inception. Winner of the prestigious Sail Magazine “Boat of the Year” award in 2001, this meticulously crafted vessel is the epitome of elegance, comfort, and performance, offering an unparalleled cruising experience that will exceed your every expectation.

Contact us now to schedule a viewing! We are in Hampton, VA to show the boat. We can help deliver boat anywhere along the East Coast of the USA after purchase if needed.

Equipment: 1. Powerful Engine: Westerbeke 63-D Four 63HP engine boasting only 2820 hours of operation (April 2024). 2. Advanced Battery System: 3 house Odyssey AGM batteries, totaling 642AH, installed in 2021. Additionally equipped with an engine start battery (100AH) and a generator start battery (100AH). 3. Sustainable Energy Generation: Six solar panels totaling 1320W, installed in 2021, 2023, and 2024. Coupled with Balmar and Victron battery monitors installed in 2023. 4. Fischer Panda Generator: Boasting 563 hours of operation (April 2024). 5. Arch for Dinghy Transportation: Convenient arch, providing a secure and practical solution for transporting the dinghy and supporting solar panels. 6. Sail with Precision: Precision Sails, including a furling main and a 135 genoa, both from 2021, accompanied by a whisker pole. 7. Secure Anchoring Solutions: Rocna Vulcan anchor weighing 73lbs. This anchor, installed in 2020, provides exceptional holding power. 200 feet length of 3/8 inch chain, with a 100 feet length of nylon rode that complements the chain. Secondary anchor is a Fortress FX-37 Anchor weighing 21 lbs. 8. Windlass: Operating the anchors is made effortless with the Lewmar H3 windlass, installed in 2021. 9. Optimized Rigging: All-new standing rigging and running rigging replaced in spring 2021. 10. Hull Maintenance: Epoxy barrier layer applied in spring 2021, antifouling from November 2023. 11. Enhanced Maneuverability: Volvo Bow thruster and a new rudder installed in spring 2021. 12. Optimal Draft and Mast Height: Navigate with ease through the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and beyond, thanks to the 5’7’’ draft and 62ft mast height. 13. State-of-the-Art Electronics: Stay connected and informed with a suite of new electronics, including a Raymarine VHF, Chartplotter, AIS, Radar, Depth sounder, Windvane, and Autopilot, all installed in 2021. 14. Starlink Satellite Internet: Installed in 2022. 15. Tanks: Four fresh water tanks totaling 212 gallons. Additionally, the installation of the ACUVA UV/filtration system in 2022 ensures that the water onboard is not only plentiful but also potable. Single 56-gallon fuel tank. Two holding tanks, each holding 20 gallons. 16. Uncompromised Safety: Revere Coastal Commander 2.0 Liferaft, life jackets, Lifesling and EPIRB. 17. Ultimate Comfort: Two units of air conditioning also serving as heating, alongside a well-equipped galley featuring a fridge, freezer, three-burner stove, and microwave. 18. Upholstery Renewal: The upholstery was updated in 2023. 19. Additional Amenities: Enjoy added convenience with full cockpit cushions, dodger and bimini redone in 2021, steering wheel covers from 2023, along with various spare parts and accessories. 20. Swim-Friendly Features: Convenient rear ladder for easy access to and from the water. Back shower provides a convenient and refreshing way to cleanse after swimming.



Jean Marie Finot (Groupe Finot)
# Built
Fin + Bulb


Length Overall
47 0 / 14.3 m
Waterline Length
43 9 / 13.4 m
14 0 / 4.3 m
4 11 / 1.5 m
24,280 lb / 11,012 kg
8,160 lb / 3,700 kg (Iron)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
914′² / 84.9 m²
Total Sail Area
914′² / 85 m²
Sail Area
410′² / 38.1 m²
48 0 / 14.6 m
17 0 / 5.2 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
505′² / 46.9 m²
55 5 / 16.9 m
18 2 / 5.6 m
Forestay Length
58 4 / 17.8 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
57 gal / 216 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
222 gal / 840 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
12.1 kn
Classic: 8.87 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

12.07 knots
Classic formula: 8.87 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
100-200: light

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
20-30: coastal cruiser

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Draft(deep keel):6.92’/2.11m
Ballast:(deep keel):7,275 lbs/3300 kgs
Also called, or similar to, OCEANIS 473.
A number were purchased for the charter trade.

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