This very knowledgeable 4 time Beneteau owner and offshore singlehanded racer has added several upgrades to this beautiful Beneteau 40. "Orange Blossom Special" is in beautiful condition, very well equipped and ready for safe and pleasurable sailing in any seaway. Upgrades include, dodger with rain fly bimini, custom forward cabin mattress, Custom storage cabinet, 3 blade feathering Max prop, chartplotter, radar, autopilot, kevlar / carbon North 3DL main, kevlar / carbon genoa, gennaker with sock, new asymmetrical with integrated Selden furler and sprit pole, 54 HP engine upgrade with low hours, electric halyard winch, electric primary winches and much more.
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Rick Shane 206-459-3852
Trevor MacLachlan, 206-422-6974
John Cooper, 206-909-8766
The Océanis 40 is an unequivocal invitation to delight in her design, comfort and performance. The interior architecture and design are by Nauta Design. This great Italian name, a benchmark in the super yacht world, has helped the Océanis 40 achieve her true personality. The contemporary lines are luminosity. Comfort and wellbeing take precedence on board
This Beneteau 40 is by far one of the nicest and best equipped 40's on the market. This very knowledgeable owner has made several upgrades and improvements to make her very safe and easy to sail.
The interior features a large aft cabin with hanging locker to starboard and aft head with seperate shower accessible from the salon and aft cabin. The U-shaped galley is located aft to port and features a 2 burner propane stove with oven, double SS sink, seperate refrigerator and seperate freezer. The large aft facing chart table and navigation station is located forward of the galley. The salon has a large U-shaped dinette to starboard with storage behind and a settee to port. The forward cabin feature a vanity and hanging locker.
Replaced the OEM Profurl 320 with a Profurl 420 to handle loads more effectively.
Added a tang (welded to the bow tang) to provide a dedicated gennaker tack.
Added a seldon aluminum pole for use in flying an asymmetrical.
Added a wire guard at the base of the mast.
Added additional steps and hand holds for climbing mast to handle the main.
Added a ring for attaching a harness to enable hands free capability while flaking the main.
Added a swiveling spinnaker block on the mast above the existing head stay attachment to enable use of a sock/stuffer for a gennaker..
Added custom backstay adjuster for improved performance.
(Some Photos to show Improvements).
Added a custom cabinet in main salon that exactly matches wood,color and style of existing cabinetry (purchased materials from Beneteau France)
Added a custom mattress with moisture barrier in forward berth
Added a drain for the bathroom sink to alleviate issue of sink water draining to the shower sump
Added a custom radar mast with an integrated hoist to enable lifting loads (such as an outboard motor from the swim platform)
Created a custom outboard bracket for carrying motor in stern locker when underway
Added a support station for the OEM outboard motor bracket mounted on the port stern rail
Added a custom swiveling chartplotter mount on the existing table to improve visibility and access while underway
Added various handholds and braces for safety when in a big seaway
Beneteau 40: Orange Blossom Special (OBS)
This boat is the fourth owned by Ed and Judy English. The first three, a First 35s7, a First 42s7, and a First 36.7 were all set up to race and were campaigned very successfully in Single Handed, Double Handed and Crewed events. HOWEVER, when Judy and Ed decided to step back from racing and do some cruising, they decided to go for a stable platform that performed well in the normal spread of conditions that affected the Strait in the Sequim/Port Angeles area. That means either 15-25 knot winds or 5-10 knots, often occurring on the same day. The Beneteau 40 has met that need.
The Beneteau 40 has never been raced, but she was set up with the systems to assure maximum performance and reliability for shorthanded sailing. She has served her purpose well.
When you look at OBS, you’ll note the upgraded furling system that is designed to handle a 40-45 size boat load versus the 30 boat system supplied. (Beneteau responsibly replaced the system when shown the need to the larger one because of those higher wind conditions).
The next major upgrade involved the electronics. We had a Raymarine factory technician install the systems and the factory calibrated the performance. Importantly, the autopilot is a robust linear-drive unit designed to handle a larger boat and the upgraded computer uses pitch and yaw sensors along with a gyro and rudder sensor to control direction. The software is heuristic, which means that it “learns” the response of the boat over time and adjusts the timing of the rudder turn and distance to maintain course. It will steer a stable course for the boat in a quartering seaway, which is the most stressing. (Ed raced two of his previous Beneteau’s from San Francisco to Hawaii, singlehandedly, and thus appreciates the value of a good autopilot.)
The Autopilot, Chart Plotter and, Radar are wired in directly to their own breaker and thus do not potentially overload the main DC panel by ganging with every thing else through the “Navigation” switch. You turn these systems on by throwing their marked switches next to the main DC power panel. The switches for the windless and electric winches are also there.
You’ll note that the control head for the Autopilot is older 60 version. That is for two reasons, it proved more reliable then the 70 series and had an efficient independent controller that you can charge and use wirelessly to run the autopilot and to track all boat performance data.
What about powering the boat? The Yanmar is the upgraded 54 hp diesel versus the 39hp factory supplied to assure performance in a seaway. It also has Racor filters and a high output Balmar generator.(The stronger engine delivers the performance needed in those 15-25 knot winds and short period chop. It is also useful in the strong currents that are generated in the passes: Pt. Wilson, Tacoma Narrows, Cattle, Deception, etc)
At the other end of the spectrum, we frequently have lighter air conditions that require powerful sails to improve performance. Thus we spent the extra $10,000 on a North 3DL Kevlar main. After a year, we were convinced that we needed a compatible jib and got a Kevlar/carbon sail from Neil Pryde. Of course we got a North asymmetrical that has a sock and eventually, Neil Pryde built us an asymmetrical for a Seldon top down furling system.
Those flying sail additions resulted in a new tang to fly the asymmetrical system with the sock and a new pole for the asym furling system. We also had a new swiveling spinnaker block installed above the forestay to assure both the sock system and furling system did not jam down on the existing jib. Of course the control lines are aft so things can be worked from the cockpit (except for hoisting and dousing the sock). By the way, we have replacement hi-tech lines for the halyards and control lines which are awaiting the end of winter for installation (why expose new Samson MLX).
As you look around the cockpit, you’ll notice the Chart Plotter has been moved up on its own swivel/tilt mount for better visibility, the radar mast has a “crane” attachment to improve hoisting loads from the stern, like an outboard which has it’s own home in the aft locker or on the stern rail which has been reinforced. The mast has hand holds and additional steps since it is a classic main and there are two systems for storing the main and using the jackstays. During the winter we drape the main over the boom and cover it with a conventional mainsail cover. During the summer, we have a stack pack system held up by lazy jacks into which the main drops for easy storage. (The jackstays can also be rigged to work without the stack pack.) Finally, as we have grown older, we really appreciate the three electric winches. Now we just grind for fine tuning.
The major important upgrade for us down below is the cabinet in the main salon which matches the rest of the joinery. Essentially, we purchased the finished materials for a galley cabinet and then had a local custom cabinet maker construct a cabinet within which we could put stuff necessary for regular boat use. Unseen to you, we made a major improvement to the waste water drainage in the head. All Beneteau 40”s and 43”s have their sink drain integrated with their shower pump. That often results in water building up and covering the floor of the head when the boat heels and the sump pump does not work. Simple solution, we installed a drain system for the sink through its own seacock. Problem solved. By the way, look above the toilet and note the heater outlet. You will like that on a cold day when running the diesel heater.
There are other improvements like the moisture barrier under the forward berth and the custom foam mattress, but you get the point. This is not a stock Beneteau. If you choose to buy it, the salesperson can give you our contact information and we will walk you through the boat systems.
Ed and Judy