I purchased a '97 two cabin
model (also a lightly used great lakes
boat) about two years ago. Because there are so many used charter
461's, it seems to have depressed the market price
for this model. I used this to my advantage and picked up a spotless freshwater boat with 200 engine
hours for $150k. I have seen many of the charter
versions (3 and 4 cabins), and what I have doesn't even compare to one of those "rode-hard-and-put-away-wet" boats.
The 461 won Cruising World's Best Value award
in '97, and still seems to be a lot of boat for the money
. You will find many naysayers in the cruising community about anything "Beneteau", but when you dig for specifics, they all come up empty. There are many boats built for many purposes. The design and features of the 461 lead me to believe that the boat was built for island hopping and getting where you are going quickly and in relative comfort. There are many 35'+ Bene's that have sailed around the world, crossed the Atlantic, etc. While it's not a Morris or a Hinckley, it's also about half a million less.
This is my third Beneteau
in 16 years, and I am currently outfitting her for a 2 year cruise
in the islands. I am quite sure she will serve me well.
PS. My boat had virtually nothing on it when I bought it, which I preferred. I will likely have about $35k more into it when I am ready to cruise
. My main list of upgrades:
C70 w/ radar
26,000 BTU A/C
Victron MultiPlus Inverter/Charger
Well Marine Radar
Hard top dodger
600 amp/hr battery
150 W Solar panels