|Bénéteau 461's Main Features|
|Type of hull||Monohull|
|Category||Offshore cruising sailboat|
|Award||1997 Cruising World - Boat of the Year - Category: Full-Size Cruiser|
monolithic fiberglass / polyester
sandwich balsa / fiberglass / polyester
|First built hull||1995|
|Last built hull||2000|
|Number of hulls built||210|
L-shaped keel (with bulb)
|Rudder||1 spade rudder|
|Cockpit||Closed aft cockpit|
|Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)||N/A|
|Bénéteau 461's Main dimensions|
|Length overall||45’ 11”|
|Hull length||45’ 1”|
|Beam (width)||13’ 6”|
|Mast height from DWL||59’ 1”|
|Light displacement||20944 lbs|
|Ballast weight||7496 lbs|
|Ballast type||Cast iron|
|French customs tonnage||20.02 Tx|
|Bénéteau 461's Rig and sails|
|Upwind sail area||1009 sq.ft|
|Mainsail area||392 sq.ft|
|Genoa area||617 sq.ft|
|Rigging type||Sloop Marconi (in-mast furling mainsail) masthead|
|Mast position||Keel stepped mast|
|Spars||Mast and boom in Aluminum|
|Standing rigging||1x19 strand wire discontinuous|
|Number of levels of spreaders||2|
|IiFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachment)||54’ 6”|
|JiFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)||15’ 11”|
|PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)||46’ 8”|
|EiMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)||17’ 1”|
|Bénéteau 461's Performances|
|Upwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
|Displacement-Length ratio (DLR)iThe Displacement Length ratio is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length: a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
|Ballast ratioiThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of the stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the weight of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shape and the position of the center of gravity, only boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shape should be considered.
Higher the ballast ratio is, greater is the stability.
|Hull speediAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
|Bénéteau 461's Auxiliary engine|
|Engine type||Inboard engine|
|Engine (min/max)||48 HP / 85 HP|
|Fuel tank capacity||52.8 gal|
|Bénéteau 461's Accommodation|
|Cabin(s) (min/max)||2 / 4|
|Berth(s) (min/max)||4 / 10|
|Head(s) (min/max)||2 / 3|
|Fresh water tank capacity||217.9 gal|
|Water heater capacity||11.1 gal|
|Holding tank capacity||29.1 gal|
|Maximum headroom||6’ 6”|
|Bénéteau 461's Saloon|
|Maximum headroom||6’ 5”|
|Bénéteau 461's Fore cabin|
|Berth length||6’ 7”|
|Berth width||4’ 7”|
|Bénéteau 461's Aft cabin|
|Berth length||6’ 7”|
|Berth width (head/feet)||4’ 10”