Beneteau Sense 46 Review


On June 27, 1898 Joshua Slocum (age 54) became the first person to sail around the world singlehanded. He did it in the wooden sloop “Spray” which was just 36’9″ (11.2 m) long with 14’2″ (2.40 m) beam. Perhaps that puts the new Beneteau Sense 46 in some perspective.

In fact, a 46′ sailboat is generally considered to be a more than adequate size for ocean-going sailing. While most sailors never go to Bermuda much less, TA or around the world, it is always nice to know one’s vessel could do it if she was called upon to do so. The Sense 46 is designed to be such a boat, and moreover to do it easily by a couple and in a surprising degree of comfort.

Key Features

•“Dock & Go” joystick

•Standard mast 9/10 electro-polished aluminum installed on the deck, 2 levels of angled spreaders – MDS roller slides

•2 genoa tracks with piston adjusted traveler cars – 2 Genoa sheet return blocks

•Furling genoa with UV protective strip DACRON

•Full batten mainsail DACRON

•Self-draining cockpit

•Natural solid wood slatted cockpit benches

•Retractable transom to cockpit

Mission Statement

Beneteau does not mince words when it comes to what the Sense 46 has been designed to do.  She is to provide a sense of “well-being second to none on a sailing monohull with which you can sail around the world.”  She is designed to be “simple and seaworthy at the same time,” and in fact the two usually travel in tandem when it comes to sailing. Finally, says Beneteau, by bringing control of the boat aft to the helm “you can always sail the Sense 46 with a limited crew.”

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