Interior

Saloon and Galley

Beyzano has 3 sleeping cabins, 2 heads (shower, toilet and sink), a large saloon with 3 sofas and an extending table, a galley with a double sink, ice box, front opening frige, top opening freezer, a 2 burner gas hob and oven and plenty of storage. She also has a well equipped navigation desk with a VHF Radio and SSB.

Elliott using both Electronic and Paper Charts

We have made just a few changes to the interior adding a rail into the forward shower so it can be used as a full length hanging wardrobe for long dresses (had to take one ball dress just in case!), new taps and corian worktop to the galley, a freezer in the coolbox and sprung mattresses in the forward cabin. For the warmer weather we have fitted fans to all the cabins. The only other ‘domestic’ item we purchased is the generator, so we can have shore power anywhere. Downside is that watermakers and generators seem to be the most unreliable pieces of equipment mentioned in most blogs, so fingers crossed ours behave.

She still has the original porthole covers and leather upholstery although I did think it was synthetic and used to clean it with cif! Ooops. The first 2 owners kept the woodwork pretty much unmarked throughout, using velcro to stick up pictures rather than screws. This was quite important to us when buying the boat, as some owners customise them to such an extent, it seemed we would need to completely gut the interior and start again to get it looking smart.

Christmas 2010

We installed a 19 inch TV/DVD/Plotter repeater/Card Reader screen when we lived on Beyzano, before we left the UK and could get digital TV there. It fits into the gap between the grab pole and the bookshelf on a swinging, locking heavy duty bracket.

Our Mission Control

An extra wooden batten helps support it when it is in the nav position and we have a console for controlling the plotter informaton, in just the same way as we use the E120 at the helm. This makes passage planning and checking very easy from the nav desk.

Screen In Supported Navigation Position

We just unlock it and swing it back in front of the bookshelf to watch DVDs but at sea it is always in the nav position, to take advantage of the extra support.

Locked Back Into Viewing Mode Above the Port Sofa

There weren’t any issues with it during the Atlantic Crossing and it has been great for watching films with friends as several people can sit on the starboard sofa and still see the screen.

Heavy Duty Bracket Supporting Screen in TV/DVD Mode

We also had a lee cloth made for the long sofa on the port side, which is excellent for sleeping on at sea.

Lee Berth Set Up For Passage

It just ties to the hand rail above and is screwed to the wood under the cushions. It folds up under the sofa when not in use.

Eyelets With Screws Fixing The Lee Cloth

7 Responses to Interior

  1. Nigel says:

    Very nice looking Bene 473, mines a year older than yours, but still blue hulled and looks like the same interior, white uphosltery was not my first choice, but it can be changed.
    Made a few changes, renewing the standing rigging was needed, added diverters for the genoa and staysail halyards as my boat seem to be prone to halyard wrap, and also added a thrid reef to the main as it was way too powerful in a real blow (been out in a F10 – by mistake).
    See you have a crusing chute, does Beyzano have a bowsprit/deck fitting for the chute). Ocean Banquet does not, and I fly the chute off the spin pole, so far have used 4 times, with 2 persons onboard, will be attempting to fly it single handed in a couple days time (it is fitted with a snuffer).
    Anyway, I wish you all the best for the ARC, I certainly intend to follow you nearer to my retirement.
    All the best
    Nigel

  2. Rhian says:

    No, she doesn’t have a bowsprit but we did think about that. Chute seems to work well, just with the 2 of us but we haven’t tried out the Spinnaker yet – too big for 2 I think so with our intrepid crew we will give it a go.

    Perhaps we will meet in the future then – depends when you are following us. I noticed hardly any (none this year) 473s do an ARC blog which I was hoping for, to give us ideas and issues to think about. I hope we manage to do one, so you can see if any equipment failed, problems and highlights of the trip.

    Happy Sailing!

  3. Sian Bannister says:

    Beyzano is gorgeous! x I hope your doing well xx

  4. Suzanne says:

    Hello Rhian,
    We have a 2003 473 which we live and sail on in Eastern Australia. We have owned her for one year now and the existing house battery bank (6 x Lifeline AGM’s, new in 2008) needs to be replaced. There seems to be much debate about best batteries for this type of vessel and sailing in hot climates. What has been your experience with batteries and have you found ‘the perfect’ solution for our beautiful 473’s?
    Many thanks
    Suzanne
    OSIRIS II – Brisbane, Australia

  5. Rhian says:

    Hi Suzanne
    Always good to hear from fellow 473 owners – brilliant boats 🙂

    We have changed our batteries twice since getting into the warmer climate. The first time we went for AGMs but they didn’t even last 18 months. They ‘fried’ basically, giving off toxic fumes as they boiled and the first of the 3 batteries was red hot to touch.

    Talking to other cruisers, we replaced all of them with 6 Trojan ‘golf cart’ batteries which are supposed to be more robust, happier to be in the sailing environment and much lighter and cheaper than the AGMs. Tempting fate, we haven’t had any problems with them since they were fitted but that was only in July. Our battery monitor is being replaced this week, as that has never given accurate readings.

    My husband put a technical post up under the Cruiser’s Info. section which has a bit more about them, if that helps.

    Fair winds 🙂

  6. Bart bonte says:

    Dear 473 addicts,
    I bought blue ocean 1 year ago, she is a 2006 blue hull , appara tly the last one out the mould.
    We are happy with the Sailingperformance!!!
    2 questions
    The blue on the hull is fading, does anyone have advice on how to restore the colour?
    The babystay is annoying while tacking, does anyone have a solution?

    Thanks, Bart

  7. Rhian says:

    Hi Bart – good to hear from another 473 fan!
    We have met a few people who polish up their hulls but it doesn’t last too long. That original Beneteau blue just seems to fade and then get mottled white. Ours was repainted by the previous owner, with Flag Blue awlgrip paint and has kept its shine for 8 years, so we would recommend that solution.

    We have a smaller genoa, reduced from 140% to 120%, so we don’t have the problem with the babystay. Another possible solution would be to have 1 continuous sheet, looped through rather than knotted to the genoa. This reduces the bulk a bit.

    Hope that helps.

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