Quite possibly the nicest presented privately-owned and used Oceanis 473 available on the market today. Truly turn-key condition and sparkling from top to bottom. Must be seen to be appreciated. British Registered.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
Launched in 2003 and remaining in her original private ownership until 2019, AURORA SUNRISE has been very lightly used, never chartered and impeccably maintained. Purchased by her current English owners in Spring 2019, she benefits from a recent survey report, a copy of which is available on request. Purchased with a plan to complete an Atlantic circuit, she ultimately spent the 2019 season sailing in the Mediterranean and is now reluctantly offered for sale due to a change of plans. Following her purchase, survey items were attended to including replacement of her standing rigging and checking of all systems. She is now offered for sale in complete ‘turn-key’ condition with all extras included.
AURORA SUNRISE’s specification highlights include:-
- 3-cabin, 2-heads ‘owner’s layout’
- Standard 2.10m draft keel
- In-mast furling with recent Quantum Sails mainsail
- Lewmar TMD22 78hp engine
- Raymarine electronics package with colour chart plotter
- HF receiver
- Bimini and sprayhood
- Upgraded battery capacity with additional 140Ah service battery
- Twin solar panels on custom-made stainless steel stern gantry
- Synthetic teak cockpit
- White hull with non-slip deck (ultra-low maintenance)
- Folding aluminium passarelle
- Tender and outboard
- Kedge anchor and kedge reel
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 cold box 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.
- 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.
- The single-skinned hull is of GRP construction.
- The structure is reinforced at various points (keel, rudder, chain plates, deck line, etc.).
- A structural single-skinned inner moulding is bonded and laminated to the hull. Its structural role is important as it takes and absorbs the stresses at pressure points (chain plate tie rods, keel, rudder, etc.) and spreads any loads, guaranteeing reduced strain on the hull.
- The surface of the inner moulding makes cleaning easier and provides a better finish.
- The standard hull colour is white with blue decoration.
- Skeg surround to where the propeller shaft exits the hull
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- The deck is of sandwich (fibreglass/balsa) construction for an optimal strength/weight ratio and excellent thermal and sound insulation.
- A ‘diamond point’ non-slip surface increases safety over all areas of movement on deck.
- Teak toe rail
- Synthetic teak cockpit seating bases – fitted 2017
- Teak capped bathing platform
- The hull/deck joint is secured by way of a bonded and screwed teak bulwark. This mechanical assembly ensures that the hull/deck joint is watertight and provides extra safety while moving about on deck.
Keel & Rudder:
- The standard draft fin keel is constructed in cast iron.
- The keel is fixed to the boat by a system of stainless steel bolts and stainless steel backing plate and bonding.
- To improve their durability, the keels are given anticorrosion treatment and improved finish in the factory before assembly, using epoxy based coatings and paint.
- GRP spade rudder blade with composite stock.
Engine & gearbox:
- Volvo TMD22 4-cylinder 78hp diesel engine
- Shaft driven with rope cutter
- Freshwater cooled engine.
- Single lever engine control.
- Engine last serviced April 2019
- Engine hours: approx. 2,100 as of December 2019
Propulsion & Steering:
- 3-blade bronze fixed propeller
- Twin hide-covered 915mm diameter stainless steel steering wheels
- Chain and wire steering transmission system
- Emergency tiller
- 12vDC domestic systems with 220vAC via shore-power
- 3 x 140Ah 12vDC Bosch service batteries joined in parallel to supply 420Ah @12vDC – 2017
- 1 x 105Ah 12vDC Varta engine start battery – 2017
- Multi battery isolator
- 12vDC/220vAC Automatic 40Amp battery charger
- 12vDC engine-mounted alternator
- Sterling Power Production 4-step alternator regulator
- I am assuming that there is none?
- 2x solar panels mounted on custom stainless frame aft stern, attached to bimini frame - 2017
- Regulator for solar panels - 2017
- Electrical control panel with thermal breakers
- 12v sockets at chart table and in cockpit.
- 220vAC shore power supply protected with circuit breaker and distribution system.
- 220vAC sockets throughout interior
PLUMBING & GAS SYSTEMS
- The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well insulated 42 litre hot water tank, heated by engine or 220v AC immersion heater element
- Hot and cold fresh water shower at bathing platform
- 1x electric bilge pump
- 1x manual bilge pump
- 235 litre fuel capacity plastic tank.
- Filling of fuel tank is through deck inlet.
- Tank level gauge at helm.
- 600 litres fresh water capacity in 3x 200 litre tanks
- Tanks constructed in GRP
- Filling of water tanks is through 2x deck inlets
- Tank level gauge at chart table.
- 80 litre black water holding tank for aft guest/day heads with discharge on deck or sea
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
- Raymarine RC530 colour GPS chart plotter at chart table
- Raymarine ST6001 autopilot control head with Raymarine 400 electro-hydraulic drive to quadrant
- Raymarine ST60 navigation instruments with wind, speed, depth and log displays and transducers
- Nasa Navtex digital display at chart table
- 2x Plastimo steering compasses
- Oregon Scientific digital weather station
- Garmin VHF 100 with DSC
- Target HF3 SSB receiver
- Eno gimballed stainless steel gas cooker with four burners, oven and grill
- 220 litre refrigerator front loading with top-loading coolbox
- Double sink in galley with mixer tap and separate drinking water tap
- 2x Jabsco manual marine heads discharging to holding tank or to sea via diverter valves
- Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with showers
- Deckhead lighting throughout
- Sony CD/Radio with Bluetooth and loudspeakers in saloon and waterproof speakers in cockpit – May 2019
- Owner’s cabin layout with up to eight berths in three double cabins plus occasional settee berths to the saloon. Two heads.
- Cherry stained mahogany joinery
- ‘Hydropont’ style varnished wood soles with black inlay.
- Blue cloth upholstery throughout
- Sprung slats for owner’s cabin double berth
Accommodation Layout from Forward:
Forward Owner’s Cabin:
- Headroom: 1.92 m.
- Double berth: 2.08 m x 1.95 m island bed style with high-density foam mattress for greater comfort.
- Seating to port.
- Wood inner lining to hull sides.
- 220 V socket.
- Two shelves along the hull.
- Two drawers under the berth.
- Large hanging locker to port.
- Shelving with slotted doors to port and starboard.
- Opening hatch.
- Two fixed hull ports (one each side of the hull).
- Two opening deck hatches.
- One opening deck hatch at entrance.
- Three halogen deckhead lights with independent switch.
- Two striplights.
- Two adjustable reading lights.
Owner’s Cabin En-suite:
- Ensuite access through forward cabin.
- Head compartment moulded in one piece ensuring good water-tightness and easy maintenance.
- Separate shower with folding doors.
- Large bowl marine toilet with GRP lid.
- Washbasin with synthetic resin top.
- Hot/cold water mixer tap.
- All-round handrail to saloon for ease of movement.
- U-shaped saloon with 2 bench seats to starboard with long bench settee to port.
- Stowage under seating.
- Inlaid saloon table on aluminium legs
- High shelf with slotted doors.
- Solid wood grooved inner side lining.
- Lewmar opening ports with curtains.
- Large triple panoramic windows
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
- Gimballed stainless steel 4-burner hob with oven and stainless steel safety rail.
- Front opening 12vDC refrigerator plus top loading ice box cooled by fridge
- Work surface on icebox and in galley.
- Rectangular double stainless steel sink with protective retainer.
- Opening ports with curtains.
- Cupboards along hull length with slotted doors for ventilation.
- 2 drawers (1 for cutlery).
- Wastebin under sink.
- Stowage under hob with hinged door.
- Groceries cupboard with bottle rack.
- 2 symmetrical aft cabins
- Headroom: 1.98 m.
- Double berths 2.14 m x 1.72 m with high-density foam mattress for greater comfort.
- Shelves along hull length.
- Hanging lockers.
- Wood inner lining to sides.
- Opening ports with curtains in the cockpit.
- Opening ports with curtains on coachroof coaming.
- Halogen deckhead lights.
- Adjustable reading lights.
- 220 V sockets.
Port Guest/Day Heads:
- Large bowl marine toilet with rigid rotomoulded 85 L holding tank.
- Washbasin with hot/cold water mixer tap.
- Cupboard under basin
- Opening port with curtain.
- Halogen deckhead light.
- Striplight over mirror.
- 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
- Inmast furling system
- Facnor SD260 manual genoa furler
- 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 – replaced May 2019
- Cabin roof mounted jammers
- 2 x Lewmar 54 ST dual speed self-tailing genoa winches positioned close by the helm pedestals
- 2 x Lewmar 40 ST dual speed self-tailing secondary winches
- Quantum Sails Dacron inmast furling mainsail - 2017
- Dacron furling masthead genoa - 2003
- Stainless steel pulpit
- Teak capped toe rail
- Stainless steel stanchions with twin guard rail wires
- Side boarding gates for easy access
- Port and starboard shroud rollers
- A pair of cabin roof mounted dorade vents with protective stainless steel hoops
- Bimini stainless steel framework with further frame over for solar panels
- Fitted drop leaf cockpit table with integrated teak grab handles and storage
- Twin cockpit lockers and further storage lockers below each helm seat
- Pushpit mounted outboard bracket
- Walkthrough access from the cockpit to the bathing platform
- Boarding/swimming ladder
- Aluminium folding passerelle
Anchoring & Mooring:
- Twin anchor rollers
- Leroy 12vDC electric windlass with gypsy
- 20kgs Delta anchor with 80m of 10mm galvanised chain and stainless steel swivel
- Pushpit mooring warp reel and warp
- Danforth kedge anchor with 10 m chain/warp
- Fenders & warps
Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
- Sprayhood with stainless steel frame – windows replaced 2017
- Bimini with stainless steel frame
- Helm wheel covers
- Hatch covers
- Winch covers
- Fender socks
Tender & Outboard:
- 2.30m Inflatable dinghy – May 2019
- Suzuki outboard engine
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.
- Valise liferaft – next service now due - stowed in starboard cockpit locker – condition and serviceability not warranted as part of sale.
- Horseshoe buoy
- Mast-mounted radar reflector
- Fire extinguishers