Sailing Away

Beneteau makes a stylish splash

Since man had first put wood to water, the owning of a luxurious water vessel has indicated a level of success that few other purchases can match. Aboard a yacht at sea, one can forget the most difficult of work weeks while enjoying the beautiful gifts of Hawaii’s majestic green mountains and deep blue ocean.

Combining this excitement with serenity is something easily enjoyed from the helm of a 42-foot Beneteau 423, as it comfortably cuts through the waves with controls that are surprisingly smooth and easy to use.

The 423 continues the Beneteau tradition of high-quality, ocean-going vessels that combines performance and comfort. Topside features include teak inlaid cockpit seats, side decks with molded raised bulwark with teak cap rail, teak and holly interior floor, GRP steering pedestal with instrument console, in mast roller furlong main and roller furlong jib.

Below decks, it gets even better. The two staterooms feature 6-foot ceilings with plenty of storage space, including hanging lockers and two complete bathrooms. For owners in need of more, a three-stateroom design is available. The L-shaped galley includes a refrigerator, three-burner stove, oven and microwave. The salon features a 6-foot-5-inch ceiling, a U-shaped dinette seats six, expandable table with leaf that converts into double berth with filler cushion, central settee with storage underneath. The navigation center has a top open desk and sits next to the marine band radio, electric control panel and AM/FM stereo/CD player with four speakers. Furniture and walls are covered in cherry wood, and the floor is teak with a holly ply inlay. The plentiful portholes provide ample natural light and enough ventilation making the air conditioner a rarely used device.

Curtis Collins at Ala Wai Yacht Brokerage, said that yearly maintenance for the 423 averages about $2,500-$3,000.

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