The Beneteau 393 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Beneteau 393, a masthead sloop was designed by the Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design and built in France by Beneteau.

A Beneteau 393 sailboat under sailThe Beneteau 393

Published Specification for the Beneteau 393

Underwater Profile: Fin keel with winglets & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall: 38'2" (11.6m)

Waterline Length: 35'1" (10.7m)

Beam: 13'0" (4.0m)

Draft: 5'1" (1.6m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 17,152lb (7,780kg)

Designer: Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design

Builder: Beneteau (France)

Year First Built: 2002

Owners Association: Beneteau Owners Association


Published Design Ratios for the Beneteau 393

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.4

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 31

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 177

4. Comfort Ratio: 24

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.0


The Beneteau 393: A Few FAQs...

What is the difference between the Beneteau 393 and the Beneteau Oceanis 393

The Beneteau 393 and the Beneteau Oceanis 393 are both sailboats manufactured by the French company Beneteau. The Beneteau 393 was introduced in the early 2000s and replaced the Oceanis 381. The Beneteau Oceanis 393, on the other hand, was introduced in 2004.

The Beneteau 393 and the Beneteau Oceanis 393 share some similarities in terms of design and layout. However, there are some differences between them. According to a review by Practical Sailor, the Beneteau 393 benefits from big-company protocols in the production process. The basic design is nothing radical, but the layout and details incorporate a lot of owner feedback. The Beneteau Oceanis 393, on the other hand, has a longer waterline than the Beneteau 393 (35'1" vs. 32'10") and a higher STIX rating.

STIX rating is a measure of a boat's stability index. It is calculated based on factors such as beam, displacement, ballast ratio, and sail area. A higher STIX rating indicates better stability in rough seas.

Based on the published Design Ratios for the Beneteau 393, how would you expect the boat to perform under sail?

Based on the published Design Ratios for the Beneteau 393, the boat can be expected to perform well under sail, with a moderate displacement, a good sail area to displacement ratio, and a reasonable stability. The boat is not designed for racing, but rather for comfortable cruising with good speed and handling. The boat has a fin keel with winglets and a spade rudder, which provide good lift and maneuverability. The boat also has a masthead sloop rig, with a deck-stepped mast, two sets of swept spreaders and aluminium spars with stainless steel wire standing rigging. The boat can be fitted with either a classic mainsail or a furling mainsail, depending on the owner's preference. The boat has a genoa and an optional gennaker for downwind sailing.

Is the Beneteau 393 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

The Beneteau 393 is no longer in production. The boat was first built in 2002 and the last model year was 2006. According to Wayne Burdick, President of Beneteau USA, there have been 72 orders for the 393 ordered since the boat was introduced in 2001. However, other sources suggest that the total number of boats built was around 300.

How many people can sleep on board a Beneteau 393?

The Beneteau 393 can sleep four or six people on board, depending on the interior layout chosen. The boat has two or three double cabins, each with hanging lockers and storage space. The boat also has one or two heads with showers, sinks and marine toilets.

How did the sailing press review the Beneteau 393?

The sailing press generally gave positive reviews to the Beneteau 393, praising its spacious and comfortable interior, its light and airy saloon, its well-equipped galley, its large cockpit, its easy handling and its good performance under sail. Some of the drawbacks mentioned by the reviewers were the lack of handholds in the saloon, the small navigation station, the low boom clearance, the need for early reefing in strong winds, and the quality control issues from the factory.

What is the history of the builders of the Beneteau 393 and is the company still in business?

The builders of the Beneteau 393 are Beneteau, a French company that was founded in 1884 by Benjamin Beneteau in Croix-de-Vie. Beneteau originally built fishing boats for the Bay of Biscay, but later turned to yachts and sailboats in the mid-20th century. Beneteau is one of the largest and oldest boat building companies in the world, with facilities in France, Poland, Italy, Brazil and South Carolina. Beneteau produces a wide range of sailboats and powerboats under various brands, such as Oceanis, First, Figaro, Sense and Monte Carlo.

What keel options, if any, are available for the Beneteau 393?

The Beneteau 393 has two keel options: a standard shallow draft keel or a deep draft keel. The standard shallow draft keel has a depth of 5'1" and a weight of 5,357 lbs. The deep draft keel has a depth of 6'3" and a weight of 5,071 lbs. The standard shallow draft keel offers more versatility, accessibility and manoeuvrability than the deep draft keel. However, the deep draft keel also offers more stability, lift and performance than the standard shallow draft keel.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Beneteau 393?

The average cost of a secondhand Beneteau 393 varies depending on the year, condition, equipment and location of the boat. According to online listings, the price range for a used Beneteau 393 is between $80,000 and $150,000.

How does the Beneteau 393 compare to other similar sailboats in its class?

The Beneteau 393 can be compared to other similar sailboats in its class, such as the Catalina 387, the Hunter 386, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i and the Bavaria Cruiser 39. These boats are all around 39 feet long, have similar displacement and sail area ratios, have two or three cabins and one or two heads, have fin keels and spade rudders, have masthead sloop rigs with furling or classic mainsails, and have similar price ranges. However, there are also some differences among these boats in terms of design, layout, equipment, quality and performance.

The above answers were drafted by sailboat-cruising.com using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.


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