Beneteau Sense 46 “iLean”


The outdoor living space of the Sense 46 is perfect for entertaining, relaxation, water activities and comfort under sail.  The large, inviting cockpit offer two spacious u-shaped seating areas and table perfect for outdoor dining and cocktails.

Adjacent, twin helm stations with centralized controls make the new Sense 46 easy to manage and sail control lines are led aft making for easy sail handling when shorthanded. Additional convenience features include electric winches and a cockpit windlass control.  Onboard navigation electronics are top-of-the-line from Raymarine with multi-function color displays, PC interface, autopilot and more.

With just a few easy steps down from the cockpit, the saloon’s living space is roomy with an interior height of 6’1” to 6’7” complemented by a large, U-shaped settee (converts to a double), functional nav station and a center island. To port is an inline galley with a substantial amount of counter space, top-loading fridge, two-basin sink and plenty of storage. A deluxe 3 burner stove, stainless oven and grill.  The fresh water purifier and onboard generator ensure a comfortable cruise with air conditioning throughout.

Just forward of the saloon are the two well-appointed staterooms and heads. The spacious forward cabin, or “owner’s suite”, features an island berth and an en-suite head with sink, toilet and shower. Located mid-ship, the second “guest” cabin features a queen-size bed and en-suite head with shower and sink. Directly across from this cabin, a toilet is easily accessible. Both cabins offer ample storage in hanging lockers and cupboards.

Large windows and hatches throughout the interior provide a well-lit space with an abundance of fresh air. This yacht also features a retractable transom and bathing platform giving you free access to the water and ease getting in and out of the dinghy.

The Yanmar saildrive diesel delivers plenty of thrust and can push the boat to 7-plus knots in calm water without redlining the tachometer. The twin rudders deliver responsive steering in forward gear, even though there’s no prop wash over the blades.  A powerful bow thruster makes this 46 footer easy to maneuver in close quarters.

From Ralph Naranjo of SAIL Magazine:

Construction:
Beneteau follows a proven tradition in molding solid fiberglass hulls that include grids, liners and molded components to reinforce the single-skin laminate. The company’s signature method of installing bulkheads features molded liners with built-in bulkhead attachment slots, into which the veneered plywood bulkheads are lowered and then fastened with adhesive. Only when the interior is nearly complete is the deck lowered into place. Beneteau’s R&D efforts include an in-house lab and an engineering staff that evaluates resins, adhesives and sealants used in key structural aspects of their building process. Further labor savings stem from large-scale, computer-assisted design and manufacturing techniques in both the company’s French factory and its U.S. facility, in Marion, South Carolina. CAD drawings of interior components, for example, are used to robotically cut, sand and spray-finish a complete set of interior woodwork for each hull.

On Deck:
Despite being a monohull, the Sense 46 has the spacious, wide-open feel of a multihull, both in the cockpit and below: a wide-body approach to naval architecture that drives a number of secondary decisions, including the use of twin wheels and twin rudders. There are also a few hints of race boat technology—like plumb bows and chines aft—mixed with sensible cruising conveniences. The big sailplan is handled by in-mast roller-furling and a scattering of well-placed electric cockpit winches. These include an electric halyard winch coupled with a half-dozen rope clutches on the cabintrunk that allow a short-handed crew to set sail and reef while the off watch takes a snooze. The open, almost patio-like feel of the cockpit, complete with a centerline table, makes it the place to gather, whether underway or in port. The twin helms are perched well aft and outboard to further open up the cockpit and make it possible to sit well outboard when driving to windward. The helm seats themselves fold up to create a clear pathway to the boat’s wide-open transom, which consists of a single step down from the cockpit sole, but is still at water level for swimming or boarding a dinghy. Add an inflatable kayak or two (which can be easily stowed in the big cockpit lockers) and kids as well as adults will be the envy of the local anchorage.

Accommodations:
The multihull feel of the Sense 46 is also evident in the transition from the cockpit to the cabin, which consists of three gentle steps rather than the precipitous descent found aboard most monohulls that gave rise to the age-old expression “going below.” Good use of amidships beam combined with a wealth of ports and hatches allows for a light, airy saloon and galley area. Abundant lockers—including a large pair under the cockpit sole—offer stowage space galore, and the two cabins forward of the mast boast spacious berths. Although the starboard settee and double berth in the port cabin are both viable options for sleeping underway, it’s clear that ocean voyaging is not the Sense 46’s primary mission. That said, the boat does have an ISO A rating for bluewater passagemaking. The inline galley is partially protected by an offset counter/bar that runs just to port of the centerline. This counter also gives the cook a point of support when working on a rough starboard tack. There’s a good stove, deep sinks, a top and side opening refrigerator, and enough counter space to make meal preparation an amicable experience. Belowdecks, it almost feels like a multihull It’s all in keeping with the theme of style and comfort that drives this line of Beneteaus: a big boat that’s easy to get underway, easy to handle and meant for entertaining and casual cruising.

Under Sail:
As a sailor who likes short-handed cruising, I appreciated the streamlined sailhandling layout on this boat. The deck mimics the waterplane with a lean entry and beam carried all the way aft. The result is good form stability and sail-carrying power. A 6ft 1in shoal draft or 7ft 1in deep draft keel are available, and the latter isn’t excessive for a 46-footer. Those concerned about leeway and performance to windward should seriously consider the deeper version. I was surprised at how easily the big boat topped 6 knots in a 10-knot breeze, at which point the wide beam aft and hull chine seemed to lock the boat in place to minimize heeling. The advantage of having twin rudders became very clear as the breeze continued to build and the windward rudder started to lift out of the water. Steering remained smooth and easy throughout, and the boat resisted broaching even when clearly overpowered. Off the wind, a reinforced anchor roller affords a convenient tack point for an A-sail stowed in a snuffer. Another option is a gennaker-type reaching sail set and doused on an continuous-line furler.

Bottom line:
This is a big cruising boat that’s both responsive and fun to sail.

Specifications
Year, Make & Model 2014 Beneteau Sense 46
Registration/Documentation 1249456
LOA 46' 4"
Beam 14' 6"
Draft 6' 1"
Displacement 27,116 lbs.
Engine
Engine 75 hp, Yanmar 4JH4-TE
Max RPM 3000
Max Cruising Speed 7.0 knots
Fuel Capacity 106 gallons (53 gallons in two tanks)
Fuel Consumption 1.0 - 1.5 gallons per hour
Bow thruster yes
Genset
Genset Fuel Consumption 1.0 gal per hour
Sails
Mainsail Reefing 2 point slab reefing
Foresail Reefing Roller furling
Electronics
Speed and Depth yes
Wind Speed / Direction yes
GPS Chart plotter yes
Autopilot yes
Radar no
Bow thruster yes
TV yes
DVD yes
CD yes
MP3 / IPod Auxiliary Jack yes
Satellite Radio no
Satellite Weather no
Electrical
Inverter yes
Interior
Maximum Sleeping Capacity 6 - 2 double cabins plus a converting salon table
Converting Salon Table Yes
Bedding & Linens Optional
Air Conditioner / Heater Air con with reverse cycle heat powered by shore cord or generator.
Galley & Head
12 volt Fridge or Icebox Fridge/Freezer
Stove Fuel LPG
Oven Yes
Microwave Yes
Heads / Showers 2 heads, 3 showers (including transom shower)
Heads - manual pump or electric pump
Waste Holding
Holding Tank Capacity 18 gallon for each head
Freshwater System
Fresh Water Capacity 182 gallons
Number of Freshwater Tanks 3
Deck & Gear
Windlass yes
Bimini yes
Dodger yes
Dinghy Optional, no charge

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The outdoor living space of the Sense 46 is perfect for entertaining, relaxation, water activities and comfort under sail.  The large, inviting cockpit offer two spacious u-shaped seating areas and table perfect for outdoor dining and cocktails.

Adjacent, twin helm stations with centralized controls make the new Sense 46 easy to manage and sail control lines are led aft making for easy sail handling when shorthanded. Additional convenience features include electric winches and a cockpit windlass control.  Onboard navigation electronics are top-of-the-line from Raymarine with multi-function color displays, PC interface, autopilot and more.

With just a few easy steps down from the cockpit, the saloon’s living space is roomy with an interior height of 6’1” to 6’7” complemented by a large, U-shaped settee (converts to a double), functional nav station and a center island. To port is an inline galley with a substantial amount of counter space, top-loading fridge, two-basin sink and plenty of storage. A deluxe 3 burner stove, stainless oven and grill.  The fresh water purifier and onboard generator ensure a comfortable cruise with air conditioning throughout.

Just forward of the saloon are the two well-appointed staterooms and heads. The spacious forward cabin, or “owner’s suite”, features an island berth and an en-suite head with sink, toilet and shower. Located mid-ship, the second “guest” cabin features a queen-size bed and en-suite head with shower and sink. Directly across from this cabin, a toilet is easily accessible. Both cabins offer ample storage in hanging lockers and cupboards.

Large windows and hatches throughout the interior provide a well-lit space with an abundance of fresh air. This yacht also features a retractable transom and bathing platform giving you free access to the water and ease getting in and out of the dinghy.

The Yanmar saildrive diesel delivers plenty of thrust and can push the boat to 7-plus knots in calm water without redlining the tachometer. The twin rudders deliver responsive steering in forward gear, even though there’s no prop wash over the blades.  A powerful bow thruster makes this 46 footer easy to maneuver in close quarters.

[quote style=”boxed”]From Ralph Naranjo of SAIL Magazine

Construction:

Beneteau follows a proven tradition in molding solid fiberglass hulls that include grids, liners and molded components to reinforce the single-skin laminate. The company’s signature method of installing bulkheads features molded liners with built-in bulkhead attachment slots, into which the veneered plywood bulkheads are lowered and then fastened with adhesive. Only when the interior is nearly complete is the deck lowered into place. Beneteau’s R&D efforts include an in-house lab and an engineering staff that evaluates resins, adhesives and sealants used in key structural aspects of their building process. Further labor savings stem from large-scale, computer-assisted design and manufacturing techniques in both the company’s French factory and its U.S. facility, in Marion, South Carolina. CAD drawings of interior components, for example, are used to robotically cut, sand and spray-finish a complete set of interior woodwork for each hull.

On Deck:

Despite being a monohull, the Sense 46 has the spacious, wide-open feel of a multihull, both in the cockpit and below: a wide-body approach to naval architecture that drives a number of secondary decisions, including the use of twin wheels and twin rudders. There are also a few hints of race boat technology—like plumb bows and chines aft—mixed with sensible cruising conveniences. The big sailplan is handled by in-mast roller-furling and a scattering of well-placed electric cockpit winches. These include an electric halyard winch coupled with a half-dozen rope clutches on the cabintrunk that allow a short-handed crew to set sail and reef while the off watch takes a snooze. The open, almost patio-like feel of the cockpit, complete with a centerline table, makes it the place to gather, whether underway or in port. The twin helms are perched well aft and outboard to further open up the cockpit and make it possible to sit well outboard when driving to windward. The helm seats themselves fold up to create a clear pathway to the boat’s wide-open transom, which consists of a single step down from the cockpit sole, but is still at water level for swimming or boarding a dinghy. Add an inflatable kayak or two (which can be easily stowed in the big cockpit lockers) and kids as well as adults will be the envy of the local anchorage.

Accommodations:

The multihull feel of the Sense 46 is also evident in the transition from the cockpit to the cabin, which consists of three gentle steps rather than the precipitous descent found aboard most monohulls that gave rise to the age-old expression “going below.” Good use of amidships beam combined with a wealth of ports and hatches allows for a light, airy saloon and galley area. Abundant lockers—including a large pair under the cockpit sole—offer stowage space galore, and the two cabins forward of the mast boast spacious berths. Although the starboard settee and double berth in the port cabin are both viable options for sleeping underway, it’s clear that ocean voyaging is not the Sense 46’s primary mission. That said, the boat does have an ISO A rating for bluewater passagemaking. The inline galley is partially protected by an offset counter/bar that runs just to port of the centerline. This counter also gives the cook a point of support when working on a rough starboard tack. There’s a good stove, deep sinks, a top and side opening refrigerator, and enough counter space to make meal preparation an amicable experience. Belowdecks, it almost feels like a multihull It’s all in keeping with the theme of style and comfort that drives this line of Beneteaus: a big boat that’s easy to get underway, easy to handle and meant for entertaining and casual cruising.

Under Sail:

As a sailor who likes short-handed cruising, I appreciated the streamlined sailhandling layout on this boat. The deck mimics the waterplane with a lean entry and beam carried all the way aft. The result is good form stability and sail-carrying power. A 6ft 1in shoal draft or 7ft 1in deep draft keel are available, and the latter isn’t excessive for a 46-footer. Those concerned about leeway and performance to windward should seriously consider the deeper version. I was surprised at how easily the big boat topped 6 knots in a 10-knot breeze, at which point the wide beam aft and hull chine seemed to lock the boat in place to minimize heeling. The advantage of having twin rudders became very clear as the breeze continued to build and the windward rudder started to lift out of the water. Steering remained smooth and easy throughout, and the boat resisted broaching even when clearly overpowered. Off the wind, a reinforced anchor roller affords a convenient tack point for an A-sail stowed in a snuffer. Another option is a gennaker-type reaching sail set and doused on an continuous-line furler.

Bottom line:

This is a big cruising boat that’s both responsive and fun to sail.[/quote]

Specifications
Year, Make & Model 2014 Beneteau Sense 46
Registration/Documentation 1249456
LOA 46′ 4″
Beam 14′ 6″
Draft 6′ 1″
Displacement 27,116 lbs.
Engine
Engine 75 hp, Yanmar 4JH4-TE
Max RPM 3000
Max Cruising Speed 7.0 knots
Fuel Capacity 106 gallons (53 gallons in two tanks)
Fuel Consumption 1.0 – 1.5 gallons per hour
Emergency Start Dedicated engine start and generator batteries.   If engine battery dead, start generator to charge engine battery.
Bow thruster yes
Genset
Genset Raw Water Intake Under companionway stairs
Genset Fuel Consumption 1.0 gal per hour
Sails
Mainsail Reefing 2 point slab reefing
Foresail Reefing Roller furling
Electronics
Speed and Depth yes
Wind Speed / Direction yes
GPS Chart plotter yes
Autopilot yes
Radar no
Bow thruster no
TV yes
DVD yes
CD yes
MP3 / IPod Auxiliary Jack yes
Satellite Radio no
Satellite Weather no
Electrical
Inverter yes
Battery Isolation Dedicated start batteries for both engine and genset
Interior
Maximum Sleeping Capacity 6
Converting Salon Table Yes
Bedding & Linens Optional
Air Conditioner / Heater Air con with reverse cycle heat dockside only powered with shore cord.
Galley & Head
12 volt Fridge or Icebox Fridge/Freezer
Stove Fuel LPG
Oven Yes
Microwave Yes
Heads / Showers 1 head, 2 showers (including transom shower)
Heads – manual pump or electric Electric
Waste Holding
Holding Tank Capacity 18 gallon for each head
Freshwater System
Fresh Water Capacity 182 gallons
Number of Freshwater Tanks 3
Deck & Gear
Windlass yes
Bimini yes
Dodger yes
Dinghy Optional, no charge