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Brief Summary

The Beneteau Sense 46 is a monohull capable of sailing worldwide with a limited crew. All of the sail controls for both the headsail and the main (except the topping lift) have been brought back to the cockpit where they are stopped by cam cleats forward of the boat's two secondary winches. A roller furling headsail and a fully-battened main with lazy jacks and a lazy bag make sail-handling quick and easy.

Key Features

  • Standard mast 9/10 electro-polished aluminum installed on the deck, 2 levels of angled spreaders
  • 2 genoa tracks with piston adjusted traveler cars - 2 Genoa sheet return blocks
  • Furling genoa with UV protective strip DACRON
  • Full batten mainsail
  • Self-draining cockpit
  • Natural solid wood slatted cockpit benches
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 46' 4''
    14.12 m
    Beam 14' 6''
    4.42 m
    Draft 7' 1''
    2.16 m
    Shallow Draft (Shallow Keel) 6' 1''
    1.85 m
    Hull Length 45' 4''
    13.82 m
    L.W.L 42' 5''
    12.92 m
    Max Headroom 6'7''
    2.01 m
    Dry Weight 27,123 lbs.
    12,303 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Mast Height (max) 66' 10''
    20.37 m
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 53 gal.
    200 L
    Water Capacity 140 gal.
    530 L
    Shallow Ballast Weight 8,554 lbs.
    3,880 kg
    Deep Ballast Weight 7,628 lbs.
    3,460 kg
    Mainsail Area (Classic) 566 sq ft
    52.6 m²
    Headsail Area (105 %) 506 sq ft
    47.03 m²

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 75-hp Yanmar POD 90 Diesel
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Beneteau Sense 46
    This picture says it all: who wouldn't want to anchor in gin-clear waters nearly anywhere in the world? With a boat as easy to handle as the Sense 46 and an autopilot, a couple can sail most anywhere.

    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."

    Beneteau Sense 46
    The cockpit is the most distinguishing feature of the Sense 46. Note that the helm seats swing up out of the way to maximize access to the boat's teak beach.

    Snapshot Review

    The Sense 46 is not the first vessel Beneteau has built with her configuration. She is the fourth boat in the Sense series, the others being 43, 50, and 55. All four of these boats are similar which means that the 46 design concept has already been tested all over the world in different sizes. (For an in-depth Captain's Report on the Sense 55, click here.)

    Beneteau Sense 46

    Beneteau Sense 46

    Important Considerations

    Hull Shape.

    The hull shape of the Sense 46 has been inspired by the current generation of fast offshore racers which have battled each other in some of the most arduous sailing conditions in the world. These designs which the Sense 46 emulates are known for being downwind flyers and remarkably able to windward.

    Beneteau Sense 46
    Her lines call for her to sail with only a 10-to-12-degree heeling angle. It might take sailors used to conventional sailboats time to get used to this comfortable heeling angle -- just watch the speedo! Note that the mainsheet runs through two blocks on the arch. This is a major innovation of the Sense series and makes boat handling easier and safer.

    Low Heel Angle.

    Going along with her hull shape and broad beam (14'6"/4.43 m) is the fact that she is designed to sail with only a 10-to-12-degree angle of heel. Heeling her more just slows her down and makes her uncomfortable for family and friends. This is the "genius" aspect of the Sense 46 -- keeping her comfortable means she is sailing on her lines and going as fast as she can. Indeed, it is not unusual for a powerboat to roll 20 degrees or more in a seaway. Sailboats are nearly always more comfortable offshore when the going gets sloppy.

    Beneteau Sense 46
    Few things are more fun or thrilling than sailing offshore at night. Here the cockpit is lit for the photo, but the Sense 46 has screens to darken the cockpit when sailing at night. Red and blue lights in the arch and elsewhere are used so as not to disturb the skipper's night vision.

    Light Displacement.

    She displaces 27,123 lbs. (12,303 kgs.) dry, in her lightweight, deep (7'1"/2.15 m) keel mode. In that configuration she has a ballast/displacement ratio of just 28%, something made possible because of her form stability. With her shallow keel (6'1"/1.85 m) she carries 8,554 lbs. (3,880 kgs.) of cast iron in her keel for a dry ballast/displacement ratio of about 30%. This light displacement makes her easier to push on most points of sail which means she can go faster in light breezes. Downwind, in a fresh breeze, she can go very fast, indeed.

    Twin Rudders.

    By having twin rudders at a V angle, the helmsman is assured to have control even in conditions when the boat is overpowered. This also makes the boat easier to steer down wind and under power.

    Beneteau Sense 46
    This is more like it -- a comfortable heeling angle that allows everyone in the cockpit to feel secure without holding on with a death grip. Moving around becomes easier which means fewer bumps and bruises.
    Beneteau Sense 46
    Not only is the cockpit large enough for a family or two couples, but a charter party will also enjoy it.

    Large Cockpit.

    In a sailboat all hands live on deck and in the Sense 46 everyone will have a comfortable place to sit securely in the cockpit. With a U-shaped dinette to starboard and a bench seat to port, eight people can comfortably sit in the cockpit area and four more can sit on the twin helm seats. This is as much seating as in most 70' conventionally-designed sailboats.

    Easy to Sail.

    Everything about the Sense 46 has been designed to make her easy to sail. All of the sail controls for both the headsail and the main (except the topping lift) have been brought back to the cockpit where they are stopped by cam cleats forward of the boat's two secondary winches. A roller furling headsail and a fully-battened main with lazy jacks and a lazy bag make sail-handling quick and easy. Roller furling main is an option. Add the optional power winches and even small children can control the sails.

    Beneteau Sense 46
    The Sense 46 saloon and galley could not be brighter. Light Alpi Wood tones on the deck and bulkheads reflect light making the space seem even larger.
    Beneteau Sense 46
    The "island" on the galley side provides support for the cook on port tack and more counter space. Inside there is a fold-out seat that allows two more people to sit at the dining table and room for a pop-up TV.

    Large, Bright Saloon and Galley.

    With portlights, skylights and windows on five sides of the main inside living area, ambient light makes the saloon a cheery place to be. The galley runs along the entire port side of this space making it easy for two people to work there at the same time and provides lots of much-needed counter space. A thoughtful "island" provides the cook support on a port tack and also contains fold-out seating at the dining table.

    Pod Drive Power.

    The Sense 46 is equipped with a Yanmar 75-hp sail drive engine with pod and three-blade prop. This engine provides a lot of power and when coupled with the optional "Dock-and-Go" joystick system with bow thruster, docking becomes a non-issue.

    Accommodations.

    The master stateroom is in the bow and has a double bed and an en suite head with separate shower stall. The guest stateroom is to port and has a double bed which takes up the full width of the cabin. It has a large wash basin and separate shower. Its toilet is across the passage way and serves double duty as the day head. This is a clever use of space and function. We would ask Beneteau if it is possible to fit two bunks in this cabin, rather than the double. While it may not be popular for the charter crowd its versatility in more appropriately handling guests is obvious.

    Beneteau Sense 46
    The master stateroom is forward and has a diamond-shaped double bed.
    Beneteau Sense 46
    The guest stateroom is on the port side and this bed is designed to have its head in the foreground not at the bulkhead where the pillows are for this photo. Note the location of the reading lights.
    Beneteau Sense 46

    Observation

    Beneteau’s expertise for more than one hundred and thirty years has been in the manufacturing of very well designed and built sail and power boats that have well above average handling characteristics at an affordable price. Since most boaters sail relatively close to home in coastal areas, we feel the Sense series is a perfectly suited and well equipped for this mission.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Water Heater Standard

    Galley

    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

    Price

    Pricing Range: $450,000.00

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.