46' Beneteau 1983



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46' Beneteau 1983 Caribe



We are pleased to offer the Beneteau First 454 “Caribe” built in 1982 when the Beneteau First series was a well regarded and stoutly built ocean cruising yacht of the times. Caribe is a Beneteau First 456 designed by German Frers, who is probably the among the very best yacht designers today who designs for Hallberg Rassy and other companies as well. Caribe was built in St. Hillaire France in 1984 and spent most of her life in the Caribbean after her prior owner sailed her there from the France. Her current owners bought her in 2002, and have enjoyed sailing all over the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, and Mexico, putting over 5,000 miles under her keel.

Caribe is the owner's version for the Beneteau First with two sleeping cabins, each with its own head. Both cabins sleep two in full size berths. Her main salon has a C shaped settee that makes up into a double berth. With the straight settee berth she actually sleeps seven! With head room of 6'4" she is spacious. You won't feel crowded even with a crew. 

Caribe has had two great owners who maintained her very well. She has been repowered and updated with modern Raymarine electronics, all new winches and even Sirius Radio and an electric toilet. Read on. Caribe is in good shape. For the money, she’s a very good cruising boat that you can buy and just go live the dream!

The last Beneteau First like this that we sold was scooped up by an adventurous sailor from Denmark who bought her and hopped aboard and single-handed her home! The Beneteau First racer cruiser is a classic ocean racer of the 1980's and became well recognized as a single hand race boat.

You might not realize it but the Benjamin Beneteau founded the Beneteau boatyard in Croix de Vie France in the early 1900s building sailing fishing boats! His about 1964 his grandson and granddaughter started building fiberglass sailboats. The Beneteau First  design was the first really successful series of sailing boats from Beneteau. The French sailors have always been the most courageous and adventurous and completive sailors and the Beneteau First established a reputation as a seaworthy pleasure craft for racing and sailing. Within a couple years in the early 80s the Beneteau was one of the top three sailboat manufacturers They expanded into the US building boats in South Carolina.

The Beneteau First of the early eights is regarded as a solid ocean cruiser. They were well built of solid fiberglass in the days when they actually used a lot of fiberglass. The hull shape is proven with a shape entry, beautiful full belly, and tapered stern. She looks like a boat should look. She sails fast. Her fine underbody and spade rudder makes her sleek, racy and responsive. There's a reason these vessels have been sought after by ocean racers for so many years.

Sisterships have completed circumnavigations and we’ve sold more than one. The first owners of Caribe sailed to the Caribbean several times to enjoy all the Islands. Her current owners have enjoyed cruising for four years all over the eastern and western Caribbean, and the East Coast, Bermuda, the Bahamas. They’ve had a grand time.

Over the years of ownership, they have cared for the boat upgrading her with whatever she needed. She’s in good condition and she is a good cruising boat for her age. She sails great and she’s comfortable with many upgrades.

Here are the highlights:

  • Engine - Replaced Perkins 4-108 with a Beta 50 Hp. in October 2014
  • Autopilot, installed a Raymarine Evo400 in May 2017
  • Winches - all the self tailing winches (8) have been replaced with Lewmar Evo winches Primaries (2) - 65's, Secondaries (2) - 50's, halyard and control winches (4) - 43's
  • Tides Marine Strong Track, track replaced 2015
  • Fuel Tank replaced in 2013 (aluminum)
  • Air cooled Waeco (BD50F/Circulating plate) installed 2015
  •  Aft Head - Jabsco electric toilet installed 2015
  • Raymarine E90W hybrid touch chart plotter installed 2013
  • Raymarine Sirius Satellite receiver installed 2013
  • Galley Counter tops replaced with Corian 2012
  • Head counter tops replaced 2013
  • All thru hulls replaced 2013-2017 (except aft head sink)
  • Electrical panel replaced with Blue Sea 360 custom panel in 2012

So if you want to go cruising. You can go now!  Caribe will take you. She knows the way.

Full Specs and more pictures are coming very soon. She is arriving in Annapolis to get all ship shape and ready for you! Call now.





First Sloop

Cruise Speed:


Max Speed:


Range NMI:



14' 1"

Engine Details:

Kubota Beta

Engine 1:

2014 530.00 HRS 50.00 HP

Engine 2:

2014 530.00 HRS 50.00 HP

Engine Fuel:


Fuel Capacity:

55 GAL

Water Capacity:

220 GAL


Ballast: 8,840 lbs

Total Power: 50

The Beneteau First is a classic racer cruiser with a traditional layout with a large forward stateroom; large salon with a dinette to port that makes a large double berth (7'long) and a comfortable settee/sea berth to starboard. Head room is 6'5" in the salon and 6'3" in the galley. Outboard the settees the vessel has custom cabinetry instead of pilot berths. The large galley is aft on port with a large double cabin aft on the port quarter. To starboard of the companionway is the large nav station with a large head and shower. Up forward is a head, converted to a storage locker, and a V-berth.

  • Offshore U-shaped galley
  • Four burner stove/oven with broiler
  • Refrigeration new in 02
  • Deep SS double sink
  • Loads of storage
  • Good counter space
  • 85 gallons of water and a water maker!
  • Large head aft to Starboard
  • Sink and hand held shower
  • Jabasco standard marine head
  • 25 Gallon holding tank
  • Overboard pump out

  • Garmin GPS 1997
  • Furuno Radar 1999
  • Icom 710 SSB 1998
  • Standard Horizon tridata Wind/Speed/Depth
  • Autohelm 5000
  • Fleming 501 SS windvane steering 1998

  • Perkins 4-108
  • Cutlass bearing (2002)
  • New engine control panel
  • Vetus 3-blade prop
  • Two fuel tanks 40 gal and 50 gal
  • Four gel batteries 370 amp hours
  • Balmar 100 amp alternator
  • Two 75 watt solar panels and charge controller (1998)
  • Cruising battery charger (110v to 250v 50cycle to 60 cycle) Plug in anywhere
  • Water marker Pur 40E 1998

  • Isomat deck-stepped mast
  • Standing rigging replaced in 1998 with inspection and new inner forestay and lowers in 2001
  • Spectra running backstays
  • Harken furler
  • Harken traveler
  • Quantum partial batten mainsail 1997
  • Hood and Elvstrom headsails (Genoas) 100%, 130% and 150%
  • Storm jib
  • Hood MPS spinnaker with sock
  • Hood 3/4 oz spinnaker
  • Mainsail cover
  • Lewmar winches 11 total
  • #40 and #55
  • Line stoppers

  • HULL:
  • Solid fiberglass hull with balsa cored deck and cabin and teak decks recaulked in 2001
  • Cast iron keel bolted
  • Spade rudder
  • Bronze thru hulls and ball valves
  • Teak grate with storage below
  • Goiot 40" wheel
  • Ritchie compass
  • Cockpit instruments
  • Dodger (stout and low) 1997
  • Sailing awning
  • Cushions
  • 45 lb CQR
  • 44 lb Bruce
  • 35 lb Delta
  • 150' HT chain and 150' 5/8 rode
  • Lofrans windlass 2001
  • Bow rollers

This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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