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Old 07-06-2011, 21:15   #1
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Question Advice on Beneteau 461

My wife and I are within a year of purchasing a cruising sailboat after about a year of research and figuring how we will actually use the boat. We both have good experience cruising (blue water and coastal cruising) but it has been a while since either of us spent any significant time on the water.
We live on the Narragansett and want a boat we can sail the bay, trips to Block Island and Martha's Vineyard for the first couple of years, then plan to take it south to Florida or the Bahama's but will not likely go as far as the Caribbean in about 6 years or so. Also a couple of summers on Lake Champlain are in the plans too.
We have looked at nearly all of the Beneteaus, Hunters, Catalinas and Jeanneaus in the 40 to 48 foot range (both new and used).
Of all the boat we looked at the Beneteau 461seems to be the best fit. Size, features and price point.
Would be interested in hearing from anyone with experience with the 461 to help me know what to look for and what to avoid in the 461.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:27   #2
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Re: Advice on Beneteau 461

I have been on, but not sailed, a 461. They look good. Its certainly about the sixe 46 - 50 that I feel is perfect for me to cruise (I keep pouring water on Sea Life so she grows).
As I mentioned previously I liked the 473 better because of the stowage in the 2 cabin version But, hey, I'd be delighted with either
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:40   #3
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Re: Advice on Beneteau 461

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Thanks for the input -- I will be interested to hear the range of opinions.

Meeting with a broker this week to discuss options.

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Re: Advice on Beneteau 461

I just joined the format. I have owned a 461 for 2 years and live aboard about 2/3s of the year. would be happy to answer any questions
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Old 28-11-2011, 13:01   #5
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Re: Advice on Beneteau 461

Okemah Rose
Thank you for the reply.
In the time since I first posted this question, we have purchased a Sabre 425.
We liked the 461 very much but couldn't find one that was in good condition or available within reasonable purchasing distance from our homeport.
The Sabre we purchased came on the market just when we were seriously looking -- it is a very different boat but will equally suit our needs.
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