Sailboat specifications and datasheets

Bénéteau 461 furling mainsail

The Bénéteau 461, here in "furling mainsail" version, is a 45’1” monohull sailboat designed by Bruce Farr. She was built by Bénéteau (France) and made of monolithic fiberglass / polyester. This sailboat was produced between 1995 and 2000 with 210 hulls completed and has been awarded the title of "Cruising World - Boat of the Year - Category: Full-Size Cruiser" in 1997.

The Bénéteau 461 has also been marketed as Océanis 461 and is as well listed, on, in version Classic.

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Bénéteau 461's   Main Features
Model Bénéteau 461
Version Furling mainsail
Type of hull Monohull
Category Offshore cruising sailboat
Designer Bruce Farr
Award 1997 Cruising World - Boat of the Year - Category: Full-Size Cruiser
Construction Hull:
monolithic fiberglass / polyester
sandwich balsa / fiberglass / polyester
First built hull 1995
Last built hull 2000
Number of hulls built 210
Appendages Keel :
L-shaped keel (with bulb)
Helm 1 wheel
Rudder 1 spade rudder
Cockpit Closed aft cockpit
Unsinkable No
Trailerable No
EC certification A
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only) N/A
Bénéteau 461's   Main dimensions
Length overall 45’ 11”
Hull length 45’ 1”
Waterline length 39’
Beam (width) 13’ 6”
Draft 5’ 8”
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
Rotating spars No
Mast position Keel stepped mast
Spars Mast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging 1x19 strand wire discontinuous
Number of levels of spreaders 2
Spreaders angle Swept-back
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.
36 %
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.
8.37 knots
Bénéteau 461's   Auxiliary engine
Engine(s) 1
Engine type Inboard engine
Engine (min/max) 48 HP / 85 HP
Fuel type Diesel
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”
3’ 7”

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