Beneteau 46

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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Beneteau has two new cruising boats in the 40- to 50- foot range this year with the introduction of the Beneteau 46 and Beneteau 49. Plus a new Beneteau First 50 will be on the scene later in the year. The 46 and the 49 represent a new generation of family cruising boats with enough sail power and advanced keels and rudders to make them worthy contenders in offshore cruising events and rallies.

The 49 is the first to be launched into the U.S. market and has all the hallmarks of a new standard of performance, style and comfort for the Beneteau line. Berret/Racoupeau drew the new boat's lines and styled her topside and decks. The aggressive sheer and low blister cabintop with unique side windows give the boat an instantly recognizable look. Famed Italian designer Nauta Yachts consulted on the interior design; the result is a thoroughly modern interior - three sleeping cabins and a large saloon - that evokes the latest thinking in elegant Euro styling.

BWS will take a much closer look at the Beneteau 49 and 46 in the October issue.

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