Purchasing the boat was the beginning of my dream and project !


My parents - by buying this boat - are allowing me and everyone supporting this project to make this dream come true. I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart for the help they’re giving me.


In this case, the choice of the boat was made according to our navigation program and its length.


The specifications that we set also took into account the accessibility of the boat for persons with disabilities and with reduced mobility. It also had to be easily maniable by small crew or even in solitary.


Our high-sea program through the planet’s oceans and two mythical capes doesn’t shelter from the winds and difficult sea conditions. The boat has to:


  • Be maniable in solitary

  • Allow navigation for two years with as little maintenance as possible

  • Be autonomous in water and energy

  • Allow having people with reduced mobility on board


Therefore, we chose a sloop-rigged keelboat (one mast only) with a big sail, a roller furling genoa and the possibility to install a furling staysail. This boat has a deep draft, which is limiting for approaches, passes and deep water levels but it has the benefit to remain stiff in a breeze. The goal here was to find a boat that was well equipped with a power generator and a water maker.

After visiting 20 sailboats in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, Spain and Portugal, we found a rare gem in the Port of Marseille: an OCEANIS 473, well equipped and built by BENETEAU with a beautiful name: CAP BONHEUR (CAPE HAPPINESS).



















I would like to thank Mr. Bernard NACACH, from BJ Yachting, for his conscientiousness, his attentiveness, his efficiency and his professionalism which allowed us to find this boat.


The expert assessment of the boat required its dry-docking at Port-Corbières, followed by a control of the underwater areas. This allowed us to take notes of different aspects that we didn’t notice before and to carry out an inventory of all the works of reconditioning and repair required for the boat to be ready to go.


I would also like to thank Mr. Bertrand BARTHOLI for his detailed assessment and his professionalism. This allowed us to know exactly the condition of the boat before purchasing it.


The assessment identified several works of reconditioning and repair to do before raising the sails:

  • The standing rigging should be replaced

  • Weathercockto be replaced

  • Lower end cap of rudder head to be controlled

  • VOLVO packed gland to be replaced

  • Hydrolub ring to control

  • Exhaust elbow/manifold from the power generator to replaced

  • Repairing bimini-top and sprayhood


Once the boat was dry-docked in Port Saint-Louis du Rhône, we contacted the local construction sites to estimate the costs of all the works of reconditioning and repair that we needed to do. We chose Métal Marine and then decided, upon their advice, to fully repair the boat.


  • Sanding of the boat’s hull till the gelcoat, INTERPROTECT and ANTIFOULING processings

  • Rudder head rings were repaired

  • Propeller was removed and reviewed, the shaft line was changed, a shock-reducing damper was mounted at the motor-end inverter

  • Both the cable gland and the hydrolub ring were replaced

  • Change of the water scoop for a generating set

  • Dismasting to change the standing rigging and power

  • Didn’t have enough time to install the furling staysail but it will be done before the boat raises its sails

  • Install LED navigation lights at the top of the mast, LED deck lights

  • Install a new aérien and replace all the navigation tools

  • Review the entire power generator

  • Install banisters with handrails on board for people with reduced mobility


Since we bought the boat in 2017, we haven’t stopped working on it to facilitate life on board. In 2018, the planned workload should finish installing the furling staysail and a diesel oil circuit heater.

Première sortie de l'eau pour l'expertise du bateau

Attente pour le début des travaux jusqu'à l'été 2017

Mise au sec mars 2017 pour le début des travaux jusqu'à l'été 2017

Retouche sur le bulbe de la quill


Reprise sur le tube du propulseur d'étrave

Pose d'un antifoulling

Pose d'un antifoulling

Nettoyage de l'hélice, remplacement de l'arbre, nous avons dû le couper

Montage d'un amortisseur de couple sur l'arbre d'hélice

Montage de feu à led en tête de mât

Direction la grue pour le rematage

Sortie de l'eau à port Camargue pour le montage de la nouvelle électronique

Ancienne éléctronique

Noël avant l'heure !

Installation faite !

Remise à l'eau à Port Camargue

Company/Construction site : Bénéteau

Architect : Finot Conq architected navals

Year : 2001

Hull length : 14.16m

Hull width  : 4.31m

Waterline length : 13.35m

Water draft : 2.1m

Ballast: 3300kg

Light displacement : 11500kg

Powe r: 75ch

Fuel powe r: 400l

Cabin numbe r: 3

Number of berth : 6

Toilets : 2

Bathrooms : 2

Headroom : 1.96m

Water capacity : 790l

Design category : C

Navigation category : 1

Sails downwind : 193m²

Sail area close hauled : 108m²

Mainsail : 43m²

Genoa : 65m²

Asymetric spinnaker : 150m²

Air draft : 18.6m

Type of rig : Sloop

Voilure près poids : 9.39

Voilure près largeur : 25.06

Voilure portant poids : 16.78

Voilure portant largeur : 44.78

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