€105,000 tax not paid

3-cabin, 3-heads liveaboard spec 473

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelBeneteau Oceanis 473
DesignerGroupe Finot
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax not paid
LyingNr. Athens, Greece


EngineYanmar 4JH3TE 75hp
Engine Hours4000
Fuel Capacity180l
Hull ConstructionGRP
Keel TypeFin Keel
Drinking Water Capacity600l


Well maintained & equipped 3-cabin (all en-suite) cruising yacht with a great blue water / liveaboard specification.

Launched in 2005, GAEL FORCE 1 is an Australian Registered well-maintained comfortable family cruising yacht ideal for sailing with family and friends either for short day trips/weekends or for the more adventurous, venturing across oceans. She has had two owners with some charter work undertaken, whilst her current owners have made light use of her with them only using her for about three months per year since they purchased her in 2013. However, they have made continual improvements to ensure that she is in great working condition and ready for her next adventures. With her 3-en-suite double cabins plus a spacious saloon, she provides for spacious comfortable living accommodation but with her having the benefit of the deep draft option, should also allow for some spirited sailing. Her highlights include:-
• 3 double cabin layout with three ensuite heads plus a spacious saloon
• GRP decks
• Deep draft option (2.11m) fin keel
• Shaft driven Yanmar 4JH3TE 75hp diesel engine
• Rope cutter on the prop shaft
• Replaced standing rigging
• Copper Coat bottom
• Replaced fuel tank
• Fully battened mainsail with stack pack and lazy jacks
• Replaced bimini
• Replaced sprayhood
• Replaced batteries
• Solar panels
• Replaced water maker
• Replaced alternators
• Replaced inverter
• Replaced anchor and chain
• Yamaha 5hp tender outboard
• Inflatable tender
• 8-person liferaft
• Passerelle
• Electric heads to the owner’s en-suite


The Beneteau 473 was created by the French design firm Groupe Finot and built by Beneteau in both France and South Carolina between 2000 and 2005, making GAEL FORCE 1 a late build of this popular model. In the world of production boats a few models always stand out, and for the 130 year-old company Beneteau, the 473 is a notable model that’s much desired by cruisers who want performance, oodles of room, and a good value.

On Deck
Although considered a coastal cruiser by some, the 473 could certainly go the distance in most bluewater situations. More Beneteaus have crossed an ocean than any other brand, but of course, that could be because with its long history, Beneteau has built more hulls than any other production builder.
One differentiating feature on the 473 is its keel-stepped mast, rare on production boats today. The masthead rig with its double aft-swept spreaders also has twin backstays and a baby stay. The original genoa was spec’d at 140% for a sail plan of about 1,100 square feet. The traveller is at the companionway so there is mid-boom sheeting and the primary winches are electric, so it’s all about pushbutton sailing.
The hull is solid glass with an integral grid liner and the deck is cored with balsa. The nearly plumb bow affords a waterline length just three feet shorter than her length overall. Two drafts were available and the boat is fairly wide in the backside, carrying her beam well aft. Of course, that provides it with an exceptionally comfortable cockpit with twin wheels on either side of the walkthrough, which leads from the companionway all the way aft to the swimstep. The broad stern, however, can be somewhat pushed around by following seas.

Down Below
The large galley is to starboard and has so much countertop space you could almost lounge on it. In the two cabin version, the galley got extra space and three can work simultaneously in the area provided. The freezer is top-loading and the fridge has a side door which makes looking for that lost stick of butter easy. The twin sinks are on the centreline to drain well on either tack. A glossy interior combined with the numerous hatches and fixed ports make the interior light and bright.

The forward-facing nav station is opposite and has a well-sized desk and plenty of bulkhead space to mount instruments. The saloon itself is immense, with a U-shaped settee and bench seat to starboard that can accommodate up to seven around a large table. A slightly curved, two-seat bench is to port. Cubbies are everywhere and there’s no shortage of room for anything you’d want to take on an extended cruise.
The master stateroom forward has an island berth and a private head with electric toilet and stall shower. A second manual head is aft just ahead of the portside guest cabin, which has a bunk that could practically sleep four. While some models have a third cabin, those without it have an immense lazarette to starboard that can be accessed from the cockpit or the galley.

Article by Zuzana Prochazka who is a freelance writer and photographer – article created for Yachtworld.com on 13th July 2015.



RCD Status:
• The yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A – “Ocean” with a maximum of 10 people aboard.

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
The hull is solid glass with an integral grid liner and the deck is cored with balsa
• Moulded deck in balsa and glass fibre with moulded in non-slip surface
• White coloured gelcoat hull – red coloured pinstripe and blue boot topping strip
• Teak toe rail
• Teak laid cockpit seating bases and bathing platform
• Protective edging to the transom
• Skeg surround to where the propeller shaft exits the hull

Keel & Rudder:
• Cast iron keel fixed with L-shaped bulb with bolts and stainless-steel backing plates
• GRP spade rudder blade


Engine & gearbox:
• Yanmar 4JH3TE 75hp diesel engine
• Shaft driven with rope cutter
• Fresh¬water cooled engine.
• Single lever engine control.

Engine Maintenance:
• Engine last serviced October 2017
• Engine hours: approx. 4,000 as of July 2018

Propulsion & Steering:
• 3-blade bronze propeller
• 2 Steering wheel consoles: Stainless steel steering wheels each with a leather cover
• Metal cable steering transmission system
• Emergency tiller


Voltage systems:
• 12vDC domestic systems with 220vAC via shore-power or inverter

Battery Banks:
• 4 x 55Ah 12vDC service batteries joined in parallel to supply 220Ah @12vDC - 2015
• 1 x 55Ah 12vDC engine start battery – 2017

• 12vDC/220vAC Automatic battery charger

• 2x 12vDC 80Amp engine-mounted alternators - 2016

• 12v CLD inverter powers the refrigeration system plus 220v socket at the chart table - 2013

• 2x Solar panels mounted on custom frame over the bimini - 2013

Other Electrical:
• Electrical control panel with thermal breakers
• 12v sockets,
• 230vAC shore power supply protected with circuit breaker and distribution system.
• 230vAC sockets throughout interior


Fresh Water:
• The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well insulated 42 litre hot water tank, heated by engine or 220v AC immersion heater element
• Cold fresh water shower at bathing platform

Bilge Pumps:
• 1x electric bilge pump
• 1x Manual bilge pump


• 180 litre fuel capacity tank - 2013
• Fill¬i¬ng of fuel tank is through deck inlet.

Fresh Water:
• 600 litres fresh water capacity in 1x 290 litre tank and 2x 195 litre tank
• Fill¬i¬ng of water tanks is through 2x deck inlets

• 220v Watermaker (160ltr/hour), lightly used by the current seller – 2013

Holding Tanks:
• 50 litre black water tank to forward owner’s heads and 2x 80 litre tanks (one to each of the aft guest heads) with discharge on deck or sea

• Raymarine ST60 Tridata, speed log, depth and wind instruments at port helm
• Raymarine ST6001+ Autopilot
• Raymarine RL70C chartplotter
• 2x Plastimo steering compasses
• Garmin GPS
• Barometer

Communications Equipment:
• Raymarine 54E VHF with DSC


• Eno gimballed stainless steel gas cooker with four burners, oven and grill
• 2 x fridges - top loading and front loading
• Double sink in galley with mixer tap and separate drinking water tap

• 1x electric flush marine heads to the owner’s forward en-suite discharging to a holding tank
• 2x manual flush marine heads to each of the aft guest en-suites/day heads
• Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with showers

• Deckhead lighting throughout

• Pioneer CD/Radio with Loudspeakers in saloon and cockpit
• Bulkhead mounted TV to the saloon
• Bulhead mounted TV to the forward owner’s cabin


• Up to six berths in three double cabins and an occasional additional double convertible berth to the saloon.
• Mahogany coloured woodwork
• Teak and holly covering to the cabin sole
• Blue coloured fabric upholstery

Accommodation Layout from Forward:

• Wooden saloon companionway with moulded wood suspended steps with non-slip surface

Forward Owner’s Cabin:
• Central double berth
• Bench seat to portside
• Hanging locker
• Porthole to port and starboard fitted with blind
• Escape/ventilation deck hatch fitted with blind
• 12v electric fan
• White coloured head lining to the deckhead

Owner’s Cabin En-suite:
• Electric flush marine heads
• Wash basin with countertop surround and mixer tap
• Grab rail
• Cupboard under sink
• Shower cubicle with shower head and thermostatic valve and drain with sump pump

Saloon Area:
• Saloon table with U-shaped sofa to starboard and further separate sofa to the centreline
• Saloon table and sofas convert into an additional double berth
• Port holes to port and starboard
• White coloured head lining to the deckhead
• Deck hatches
• Storage cupboard
• Clock & barometer
• 12v electric fan

Chart Table Area:
• Chart table with raised fiddles and storage inside
• Bench seat with a hinged seat providing further storage space
• Switch panel on bulkhead for access to electrical functions
• Panel for navigation instruments
• Red coloured light to retain night-vison

Galley Area:
• Linear style galley with storage cupboards and draws
• White coloured work top with raised fiddles surround
• Storage shelf area to a cupboard top
• Inset twin bowl stainless steel sink with mixer tap and separate drinking water tap
• Eno gimballed stainless steel gas cooker with four burners, oven and grill
• 2 x fridges - top loading and front loading
• Cutlery, Crockery and utensils

Starboard Aft Cabin:
• Double berth
• Hanging locker
• Further storage cupboard with storage are on top
• Port hole with blind to the hull side
• Further port hole looking into the cockpit

Starboard Aft Cabin En-suite:
• Manual flush marine heads
• Wash basin with countertop surround and combined mixer tap/retractable shower head
• Grab rail
• Cupboard under sink
• Drain with sump pump for the shower area

Port Aft Cabin:
• Double berth
• Hanging locker
• Further storage cupboard with storage are on top
• Port hole with blind to the hull side
• Further port hole looking into the cockpit

Port Aft Cabin En-suite:
• Manual flush marine heads
• Wash basin with countertop surround and combined mixer tap/retractable shower head
• Grab rail
• Cupboard under sink
• Drain with sump pump for the shower area


• Mast head rigged sloop with Z Spar aluminium mast with two pairs of aft-swept spreaders halyard jammer and cleats
• Z Spar aluminium boom with rigid aluminium cased vang
• Coachroof mounted main sheet track
• Fully battened mainsail with lazybag
• Profurl Genoa Furling
• Twin backstays mounted to the transom via bottle screws and chain plates linking to a single back stay which continues to the masthead
• Deck mounted genoa sheet tracks
• Genoa sheet turning blocks
• Stainless standing rigging - 2016
• Cabin roof mounted jammers

• 2 x Harken 54 ST dual speed self-tailing genoa winches positioned close by the helm pedestals
• 2 x Harken 40 ST dual speed self-tailing secondary winches

• Full battened mainsail which furls into a stack pack with lazy jacks
• Furling masthead genoa
• Note - The seller believes the sails to be from around 2009 and they have been lightly used for around 3 months of the year for since 2013

• Stainless steel pulpit
• Twin anchor rollers
• Teak capped toe rail
• Stainless steel stanchions with twin guard rail wires
• Port, starboard and aft openings for easy access
• Cabin mounted stainless steel life raft housing framework
• Port and starboard shroud rollers
• A pair of cabin roof mounted durade vents with protective stainless steel hoops
• Bimini stainless steel framework with further frame over for solar panels to be mounted on
• Fitted drop leaf cockpit table with integrated teak grab handles and storage
• Twin cockpit lockers and further storage lockers below each helm seat
• Winch handle holder
• A pair of stainless steel pushpits with life buoy bracket and teak seating – seating replaced – 2013
• Pushpit mounted outboard bracket
• Walkthrough access from the cockpit to the bathing platform
• Boarding/swimming ladder
• Transom shower
• Twin helm pedestals with stainless grab handle
• Passerelle
• Tool kit

Anchoring & Mooring:
• 12vDC Lofrans electric windlass
• Rocna 33kg Anchor – 2017
• 100m of anchor chain - 2015
• Pushpit mooring warp reel and warp
• Fore, mid-ships and aft mooring lines
• Kedge anchor with 10 m chain/warp
• Fenders
• Boathook
• Warps

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
• Bimini with additional sides to create a cockpit tent - 2013
• Sprayhood – 2013
• Main sail stack pack with lazy jacks

Tender & Outboard:
• Inflatable dinghy
• Yamaha 5hp outboard engine - 2016

Safety Equipment:

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.

• Trans Ocean 8 Classe 2 8-person liferaft – last serviced – 2016 – next one due next in 2019
• Fire extinguishers
• Fire blanket

Viewing arrangements

Lying: Nr. Athens - Greece

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.

Lead Broker: James McNeil – Grabau International (UK)
Tel: +44 (0)7979 907210
Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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