I purchased a 473 about 14 months ago, in the UK and for UK/North West Europe
sailing. Not an ex charter
boat, two previous owners, (one for a short period). Has made 4 x Atlantic crossings.
Mine is Blue hulled, good for the UK, dont know about the Med, but I believe it would be hotter. The first owner had her in the Med for a couple of years so it must have been livable.
It may also have teak
decks, all the blue hulled boats I looked at did, so thats a bit more maintenance
, but its juist cleaning
, in the Med it may stay cleaner than in a wet cold climate.
OK, it needs a bit more maintenance, but it takes me a day to polish the hull
, and thats standing on the dock
with boat afloat, so not too much of a hardship, and twice a year should be enough
Dont know of any inherent problems, my boat is a 2001 year build. The surveyor
told me that the two main problems could be osmossis on the rudder
(none found) and water
ingress at the point where the mast
passes through the deck
, again, none found.
A boat around 10 years old, you may be looking at getting the standing rigging
Anyway, best of luck. I like my Bene 473