By Charles J. Doane • Posted: Jan 24, 2012
That Beneteau is fully committed to coming out of the Great Recession with all guns blazing is amply demonstrated by the fact that it introduced not one, but two boats in its new line of Sense cruisers during the 2010-11 boat show season. This 43-foot offering doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as its big sister, the new Sense 50, but it does demonstrate that the Sense design concept can translate successfully into a significantly smaller hull.
The boat’s construction is entirely conventional. The hull is solid glass set in polyester resin. The deck is balsa-cored, and bonded and bolted to the hull. The ballast keel is cast iron. Finish quality is about average for a modern mass-production boat.