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Old 20-08-2016, 09:36   #16
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Re: New to us yacht Beneteau 473

Allow me to congratulate you guys! Those cruising plans in south of Spain look like such a nice perspective! Wishing you all the best, really!
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Old 20-08-2016, 10:06   #17
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Re: New to us yacht Beneteau 473

It sounds like you've found the ideal boat--one that meets your needs AND has been exceptionally well cared for by the (previous) owner!

For price comparison, I believe we spent 250 Euro for our survey back in 2013 for a full day's worth of checking the boat. We were pleased with the surveyor's thoroughness & report. That was in the Balearics.

We are still in the Balearics. If you pass this way, PM me & we'll share some local knowledge & vino.
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Old 20-08-2016, 12:35   #18
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Re: New to us yacht Beneteau 473

Great survey result!

Congrats!
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Old 20-08-2016, 21:05   #19
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Re: New to us yacht Beneteau 473

Sounds great, and agree EUR900 is worth the investment. Sounds like you have a great boat there, and hope by now she is yours.
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Old 25-08-2016, 08:18   #20
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Re: New to us yacht Beneteau 473

after reading the very elaborate (150 single pages !! , he likes quite a big font and includes pics) survey report we decided to purchase our (yeah !!) 'new to us' boat

the 2 items the surveyor found were 'the solar panel rack needs to be polished as the stainless used seems to be in lesser quality' and 'the running rigging has been extensively used but does not have to be replaced immediately'

Final remarks and recommendations
This boat is considered in a conditions above average for her age, hinting a proper care and good maintenance along her life, and is by all means seaworthy.
It is recommended that the safety equipment is serviced and completed in accordance with the rules of the flag state and port state and the good practice for the type of navigation envisaged
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Old 25-08-2016, 09:42   #21
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Thats about the best survey ever written. Check the surveyos surname is different to old owners

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Congrats! Enjoy your lovely new boat!
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after reading the very elaborate (150 single pages !! , he likes quite a big font and includes pics) survey report we decided to purchase our (yeah !!) 'new to us' boat
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Wonderful - I am sure many of us here are as excited as you about your new boat. Many of us have been where you are - the years of dreaming, and looking, and looking and dreaming .... Then finally the decision and commitment, then the reality (what have we done !) and the excitement and the fun.

We wish you a wonderful time, and great adventures with your new 'Lady'. Keep us all informed, and we will travel with you

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Nice boat. Congrats!!
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Old 27-08-2016, 00:32   #25
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Re: New to us yacht Beneteau 473

I recently delivered a 473 from Hobart to Melbourne. It was a very pleasant trip and the boat sailed nicely. Only minor criticism I had was that the tabbing of the rudder tube to the hull and associated stiffeners were relatively agricultural and, to my mind, sub-standard - not that we had any problems, but if it were mine (I wish), then I would be beefing up this area a bit
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Congratulations!! Be sure to spend some time in Montenegro, Croatia and Italy. Please contact us next season.

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Old 29-08-2016, 03:37   #27
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if it were mine (I wish), then I would be beefing up this area a bit
thanks Weyalan

rumors have it that the rudder construction is indeed not as strong as it could have been , so that was addressed already and the whole rudder construction was 'beefed up' :-)
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Congratulations!! Be sure to spend some time in Montenegro, Croatia and Italy. Please contact us next season.

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I would love to take our own yacht back to Croatia , myself and my better half both fell in love with that place in 2006 and have been there (boating) 7 of the last 10 years

Who knows what the future will bring but if we ever end up there again I will let you know !
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thanks Weyalan

rumors have it that the rudder construction is indeed not as strong as it could have been , so that was addressed already and the whole rudder construction was 'beefed up' :-)
Would love to see some pictures of that if you can manage.
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Would love to see some pictures of that if you can manage.
I dont have any pics (I think) of the exact beefing up in our Bene . But it was done to prevent this from happening . Done by previous owner under surveyor supervision a few years back after the rudder was hit after/during haul out . The YT clip is from another yacht but it gives a good idea what can happen

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This video shows how the rudder is attached to the steady, a 2007 Beneteau Oceanis 43 from Lelystad. The construction is as strong as its weakest link..in this case, the 1 millimeter thin top layer of plywood (plywood) on which the rudder tube is attached to the rudder shaft. This is glued with polyester to the plywood on top of the plywood. The force on the rudder may tear the plywood ,this happened to my boat . On the Bay of Biscay with depths up to 4,000 meters it was found that only the rudder was still attached to a flange in the storage locker. The stirring and movement of the mounting sleeve was torn so that the rudder could fall at any moment , and as a result a hole in the boat so that it would sink in a few moments. Fortunately this happened close to a French port where the Steady could be towed ashore.

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