2003 BENETEAU 57

€215,000 tax not paid

Comprehensively refitted Beneteau 57

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelBeneteau 57
DesignerFarr Yacht Design/Franck Darnet
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax not paid
LyingMindelo, Cape Verdes, South Africa


EngineYanmar 4LHA-HTP 160hp
Engine Hours3600
Fuel Capacity665l
Hull ConstructionGRP
Keel TypeFin Keel
Drinking Water Capacity1000l


Comprehensively refitted and upgraded Bruce Farr designed Beneteau 57 from 2003, fully fitted out for circumnavigation and liveaboard duties.


Supplied to her first UK-based owned in 2003 and named ‘MOONLIGHT’, this world-girdling Beneteau 57 completed her first Atlantic crossing with the 2003 ARC. Following her return to Europe, in 2005, she was sold to a French couple who renamed her ‘GRIKYPAC V’ and sailed to France before heading out across the Atlantic in 2006 towards Brazil and then up to the Caribbean where she remained until her purchase by the current owner in 2011.

Comprehensively refitted in 2011/12 and renamed ‘INCROYABLE’, she then embarked on a leisurely full circumnavigation, arriving in Cape Town, South Africa in the Spring of 2020. With her owner now deciding to go larger, ‘INCROYABLE’ is now offered for sale and will work her way back towards Europe over the winter of 2020. German Registered and presently offered for sale ex VAT, ‘INCROYABLE’ is ready for her next owner to enjoy great sailing in total comfort.

Her specification highlights include:-
• Awlgrip blue painted topsides
• GRP non-slip decks
• 3-cabin plus crew interior layout with 3 heads plus workshop cabin
• 2.60m draft keel option for improved windward performance and offshore stability
• 160hp Yanmar engine
• Bowthruster
• 9.5kva Onan generator
• 24vDC domestic electrics with twin engine alternators and upgraded battery banks
• Reverse osmosis watermaker
• Electrically furled mainsail and genoa
• Furling staysail
• Furling gennaker
• Electric winches
• Raymarine & B&G navigation instruments with , plotters and AIS
• SSB radio
• Iridium satellite communications
• Extensive refrigeration and freezer capacity for long-term liveaboard cruising
• Alloy-bottomed tender with outboard
• Bimini and sprayhood

INCROYABLE is German Registered and is now offered for sale ex VAT ready for her next owner to enjoy some great sailing in total comfort.


“Where would we be without dreams? For years, Francois Chalain, Beneteau's chief designer and inhouse conceptualist, dreamed about creating a production boat like the new 57. His vision centered on a powerful sailing machine with the kind of luxurious amenities and long list of standard features that would permanently alter the public's perception of the world's largest sailboat builder, placing it squarely among the ranks of the elite custom boatbuilders. And as lofty as those aspirations are, there is also a practical side to Beneteau's stunning new flagship…

…The new 57 is a leap for Beneteau- this is a departure boat, a statement boat. Designed by Bruce Farr, (with close collaboration from Chalain) this new center-cockpit passagemaker has genuinely raised the bar for production builders as it combines a hull form that allows for luxurious accommodations and yet one that offers surprising performance. What is not surprising is that Beneteau has deployed all of its manufacturing moxie to bring the 57 to market at a base price that will make other builders seasick with envy…

… make no mistake, the new 57 is also designed to win those so-called rally events like the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, and to do very well in the Bermuda races too. The details The first impression upon stepping aboard is one of space. Despite the number of people milling about, the boat rarely felt crowded. And it felt solid in the water as the sails went up in a fresh breeze. The construction is in line with Beneteau's other big boats, featuring a solid hull and balsa-cored deck. The hull also includes a balsa rib band for stiffening. A massive hull liner that is bonded and laminated to the hull provides structural integrity. I have never been overly fond of hull liners, especially in big boats, but the tooling of this liner, which is essentially a hull within a hull, demonstrates Beneteau's commitment to the 57…

…Down below the interior is breathtaking. Beneteau has done a masterful job of finishing the 57, and if you didn't know this was a production model you'd easily be convinced it was a one-off custom boat built in Italy. The finish is cherry-stained Douka wood, and the sole is Iroko parquet. From the padded ceiling sections, to the carved door frames, to halogen lighting throughout to the elegant drape on the portlights and roller shades on the hatches, Beneteau has provided the accents to create a fine yacht…

…Under way Back on deck the wind had eased a bit to 11 knots true and, with a 145-percent roller-furling genoa, we punched through the chop at 8 knots plus on a beat. Easing the sheets, we shot up toward 9 knots, and when the wind freshened to 15 knots true, the speedo hit 9.2. The ride was easy and the motion soft. The steering was effortless. That, of course, is a feature of hydraulic steering. You drive by the sails, not the feedback from the rudder, and until you get used to it, it's easy to oversteer. Cracking off onto a deeper reach, we maintained 8 knots despite a falling apparent wind. Mind you, these boat speeds are obtained with a crowd of people on board and little attention to sail trim. I sure that with a little effort, the 57 will spend a lot of time clipping along in double digits...

…The new Beneteau 57 is a worthy flagship for the world's largest sailboat builder. It's a world-class yacht and an excellent big boat value…”

Article taken from Boats.com –October 2004



RCD Status:
• We understand the yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A – “Ocean”

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
• Solid GRP hull and balsa-cored deck.
• The hull also has a balsa rib band for stiffening.
• Bonded and laminated hull liner bonded to the hull for structural integrity.
• Topsides resprayed in Awlgrip blue – 2012
• Teak deck professionally removed and replaced with non-slip finish - 2018
• Teak cockpit sole, cockpit seat bases and the hinged bathing platform.
• Underwater sections treated with 5 coats of epoxy – 2012
• Antifouling - 2021
• Bilge spaces and anchor locker repainted with epoxy paint - 2012

Keel & Rudder:
• Cast iron keel fixed with stainless steel bolts.
• Keel/hull reinforced and keel bolts replaced - 2021
• Balanced spade rudder blade the stock and bearings are of composite glass and stainless steel.
• Self-aligning Jeff rudder bearings replaced – 2012 - serviced 2021

Engine & gearbox:
• Yanmar 4LHA-HTP 4-cylinder turbo charged inboard diesel engine producing approximately 160hp at 3,300rpm
• Vertical water cooled.
• Direct injection.
• Constant high temperature fresh-water cooling (2-systems: sea and fresh water).
• Forced lubrication system with trochoidal gear pump.
• Counter-clockwise engine rotation (viewed from the flywheel side).
• Single lever engine control.

Engine Hours & Maintenance:
• Engine fully rebuilt 2021
• Engine hours approx. 3,600 – 10hrs covered since complete rebuild as of summer 2021.

Propulsion & Steering:
• Gori 3-blade folding propeller – serviced 2021
• Shaft driven with 40mm stainless steel propeller shaft
• Stainless steel steering wheel with a leather cover positioned to the forward end on the port side of the cockpit.
• Hydraulic steering system – serviced 2014
• Emergency tiller.
• MaxPower 24vDC 11hp bowthruster – motor replaced 2012 - serviced 2021


Voltage systems:
• 24vDC domestic system with 12vDC starting circuit and 240vAC via shore power, generator or inverter.

Battery Banks:
• 1x 80Ah Mastervolt AGM 12vDC engine start battery – 2019
• 1x 80Ah Mastervolt AGM 12vDC generator start battery – 2019
• 400Ah AGM 12vDC electronics battery bank - 2019
• 24vDC service battery bank with 800Ah capacity - 2019
• 24vDC bowthruster battery bank – 2019
• Mastervolt Masterlink MICC advanced battery monitoring systems

• Mastervolt 60Amp 12vDC battery charger
• Mastervolt 100Amp 24vDC battery charger
• 24vDC battery charger for bowthruster battery bank
• Mastervolt charge controllers

• Onan 9.5kva 220vAC diesel generator
• Generator hours – approx. 4,400 as of summer 2021
• Generator last serviced – 2021

• Mastervolt 24vDC/240vAC 2,500w inverter ,new 2021

• 12vDC 100Amp engine-mounted alternator
• 24vDC 100Amp engine-mounted alternator

Wind Generation:
• 12vDC wind generator on transom gantry
• Charge controller and regulator for wind generator

Solar Generation:
• 75w 12vDC solar panel bank on transom gantry – 2007
• 130w 24vDC solar panel bank on transom gantry – 2008
• Charge controller and regulator for solar panels

Other Electrical:
• Electrical control panel with thermal breakers.
• 12v sockets, voltmeter, ampere meter and battery test at DC panel.
• 220vAC and 110vAC shore power connections.
• Shore power supply protected with differential breaker and distribution system.
• 220vAC sockets throughout interior.


Fresh Water:
• The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well-insulated hot water tank, heated by engine or 220v AC immersion heater element.
• Hot & cold fresh-water shower at bathing platform.

• Dessaltor HR4 220vAC reverse osmosis watermaker producing approx. 200 litres per hour
• Watermaker hours: approx. 1,500 as of Autumn 2020

Bilge Pumps:
• 2x electric bilge pumps.
• Manual bilge pump.

• All seacocks and skin-fittings replaced 2021


• 665 litres fuel capacity in standard 2 tanks proving 480 litres plus further additional 185 litre tank under saloon sole..
• Fill¬i¬ng of fuel tanks is through deck inlets.

Fresh Water:
• 2x freshwater tanks with a total capacity of 800 000 litres.
• Fill¬i¬ng of water tanks is through deck inlet.

• B&G radar chart plotter - 2018

• Raymarine ST6002 autopilot
• Raymarine ST6001 secondary autopilot – 2008
• Autopilot hydraulic drive replaced 2012
• 2x Raymarine ST60 graphic displays
• Raymarine ST60 wind display
• Raymarine ST60 rudder angle display
• Steering compass
At Chart Table:
• Icom Class-B AIS system with separate display - 2017
• 2x Raymarine ST60 graphic displays
• Raymarine autopilot remote control handset
• Furuno GPS
• LCD PC screen for laptop computer
Communications Equipment:
• Icom VHF with DSC
• VHF handset in cockpit
• Icom 7000 SSB HF radio – 2012
• Pactor 4 modem with Smart-A-Tuner – 2012
• Iridium satellite communications with phone, email and weather functionality
• Furuno 408 weatherfax - 2012


• Gimballed stainless steel 4-burner gas stove and oven.
• 220vAC microwave oven.
• Twin stainless steel bowl sink with mixer tap - 2012
• Extractor fan.
• 100 litre front-opening stainless steel refrigerator
• 150 litre GRP top-opening refrigerator
• 130 litre freezer – keel-cooled - 2012

• 2x electric marine heads plus 1x manual marine heads
• Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with showers.

• DC ventilation fans throughout

Interior Lighting:
• Interior deckhead and LED reading lights as appropriate to each cabin.

• CD stereo system with speakers


Summary of Accommodation:
• Up to 8-berths in 4-cabins (includes the crew cabin to starboard) plus the saloon. Four heads.

Accommodation Finish:
• Cherry stained Douka interior joinery.
• Iroko parquet covering to the cabin sole.
• Leather upholstery – 2012
• Corian counters in galley - 2012

Accommodation Description from Forward:

Port and Starboard En-suite Heads Each Have:
• Marine head (electric toilet to port heads)
• Wash basin inset to a countertop with hot and cold mixer tap.
• Each of these forward guest en-suite heads shares a shower cubicle with a thermostatic valve and shower head, grating to the sole of the shower cubicle with a sump bilge pump.
• Cabin superstructure hatch for ventilation.

Port and Starboard Guest Cabins to Forward Each Have:
• A double berth positioned to the side of the cabin.
• Door to en-suite heads.
• Hanging locker.
• Fixed porthole to the hull side with a curtain.
• Cabin superstructure hatch with blind for ventilation.
• Door to the Saloon.

• U-shaped sofa positioned to the portside with a central table and two freestanding dining chairs.
• Further pair of armchairs to the starboard side
• Cabin superstructure opening hatches and further port holes.
• Port holes to the hull on both sides.
• Book shelving.
• Reading lights.

• U-shaped galley area positioned to the portside making for a safe enclosed area to work in, particularly whilst at sea.
• Range of cupboards and draws with worktops and raised fiddled edges.
• Twin bowl stainless steel sinks with hot and cold mixer tap.
• Gimballed stainless steel gas oven with a 4-burner stove on top.
• Extractor fan.
• Fixed port hole to the hull side.
• 1x 130 litre front opening stainless steel refrigerator.
• 1x 100 litre GRP top opening refrigerator.
• 1x 130 litre freezer

Chart Table:
• Positioned to the starboard side aft of the Saloon and adjacent to the Galley.
• Chart table with opening lid providing for internal storage.
• Navigator’s seat.
• Panel the hull side for electronics to be mounted to.

• Positioned to starboard aft of the Chart Table area.
• Converted from standard day heads.

Crew Cabin:
• Positioned to the starboard side aft of the Day/Guest Heads.
• Twin single bunk berths.
• Cupboard space.
• Fixed porthole to the hull side.

Owner’s Aft Cabin:
• Impressive full width aft cabin accessed via a passageway to the starboard side.
• Centrally positioned double bed.
• Sofa to the starboard side.
• Hanging locker and draw space.
• Dressing table. To the centreline facing forward.
• Port holes to the hull side and further ones to the cabin superstructure.
• Cabin superstructure opening hatches for ventilation.

Owner’s En Suite Heads:
• Positioned to the portside.
• Electric marine heads
• Wash basin inset to a countertop with a hot and cold-water mixer tap.
• Shower cubicle with a thermostatic valve and shower head, grating to the sole of the cubicle with a sump pump.


• Anodised aluminium keel stepped masthead rigged mast with Facnor electric in-mast furler and three sets of swept back spreaders (with spreader lights).
• Anodised aluminium boom useable as a cargo boom for launching and retrieving the tender.
• Anodised aluminium boom vang.
• Facnor electric genoa roller furler – serviced 2014
• Manual furler for staysail – serviced 2014
• Stainless steel standing rigging with twin backstays – replaced 2015
• Factory fitted spinnaker gear.
• Spinnaker pole stowed on the front of the mast.
• Asymmetric spinnaker pole mounted on port side bow roller position
• Code Zero furler for gennaker
• Side deck positioned genoa tracks and cars.
• Mainsheet track positioned to the aft of the cockpit on the aft cabin superstructure.
• Running rigging including burgee halyards as appropriate – replaced 2015.

• 2x Lewmar electric self-tailing genoa sheet winches – serviced 2021
• 2x Lewmar ST48 electric self-tailing the mainsheet winches – serviced 2021
• 1x Lewmar ST48 manual self-tailing winch at mast – serviced 2021

• North Sails in mast furling mainsail – 2021
• Nort Sails furling genoa – 2019
• Furling staysail – 2012
• Furling gennaker – 2012

• 2x stainless-steel aft pushpits.
• Stainless-steel pushpit with bow roller.
• Stainless steel wire guardrails with stainless steel stanchions.
• Gates in guard rails to the; port, starboard and the transom.
• Hinge down bathing platform to the transom with a folding stainless-steel bathing ladder, matching grab rails and teak and caulked covering.
• Teak capping to the raised bulwarks.
• Hatches to the aft deck giving access to underdeck storage.
• Fixed windscreen with an aluminium frame and toughened glass.
• Fixed timber cockpit table with drop leaves, a raised stainless-steel grab rail and internal storage compartment.
• Helming position to the port side forward end of the cockpit with the leather covered stainless steel steering wheel, engine throttle lever control, bow thruster control and navigation equipment. Helming seat with a stainless-steel frame back support and cushion.
• 4x Dorade ventilators with protective stainless-steel frameworks.
• Stainless-steel grab rails to the roof of the cabin superstructure.

Anchoring & Mooring:
• 24vDC 800w electric anchor windlass with controls in the cockpit and on the foredeck
• 45kgs main anchor and approximately 100m of chain - 2012
• Warps and fenders

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
• Sprayhood with stainless steel frame and windows – replaced 2020
• Bimini top with stainless steel frame – replaced 2020
• Cockpit cushions – replaced 2018

Tender & Outboard:
• Stainless steel tender davits
• AB inflatable tender with aluminium bottom - 2014
• Tohatsu 18hp 2-stroke outboard


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Lifesaving Equipment:
• 406Mhz Epirb – serviced 2021
• 8-man liferaft ,Viking,new 2021
• Horseshoe buoy
• MOB recovery device
• Mast mounted radar reflector.

Fire Control
• Automatic fire extinguisher in machinery space
• Manual fire extinguishers
• Fire blanket.

Viewing arrangements

Lying: Mindelo, Cape Verdes

Available to view strictly by appointment.

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment.

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

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Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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