Beneteau Oceanis 423 Clipper
Introduced in 2003 as a replacement for the Oceanis 411 Clipper, this
popular Groupe Finot design boasts a spacious and well-organised interior
and, in particular, a bright and roomy forecabin. She has a large chart table
with a generous amount of stowage space – but elsewhere, long-term
liveaboard cruisers may fi nd there is a lack of suitable stowage.
Under sail, her performance is an improvement on the rather sedate
411, but still steady as opposed to remarkable. Nonetheless, she is easy on
the helm, well-balanced and stiff, and her sails are easily handled by large
winches. Under power she handles easily, although poor soundproofi ng
means high noise levels, especially down below.
LOA 12.64m (41ft 6in), LWL 11.75m (38ft 5in), beam 3.9m (12ft 9in), draught 2.10m (6ft 9in),
displacement 8,800kg (19, 360lb). Price guide: £115,000 to £135,000. YM Test Report April 2003.