Caribe | Beneteau 46' 1983

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

Hi, I'm Bernie Jakits. After 20 years of owning and running a successful brokerage in Annapolis, my partner Kate Christensen and I have merged our company with David Walters Yachts. We are happy and excited to be a part of something bigger and continue to live our passion that started long ago. When I was an engineer in the aerospace industry I had lots of time to read every sailboat review and follow every development in the industry. I dreamed of one day owning a distinctly different brokerage firm and it all came true when in 1997 I started RogueWave Yacht Sales It came out of a passion for the sea and love for the beautiful vessels that sail on her. My vision was to create a new kind of brokerage dedicated to honesty and integrity and desire to help people be successful and achieve their bluewater sailing vision. Kate Christensen joined me in 2001 to share that vision and bring her talents and expertise in business and marketing as well as her passion for sailing her Bristol Channel Cutter. Over 20 years, we built an incredible brokerage and consulting firm specializing in ocean going vessels and live aboard cruising sailboats. We have advised and guided over 800 Clients worldwide from as far away as Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Europe and everywhere between, so that they too can also achieve their dream of owning and cruising with a capable bluewater vessel to find and reach their own horizons. We have the experience and expertise required to really help people.

For over 45 years, I have sailed, delivered and worked on hundreds of different types of vessels. Representing many clients, I have sailed in the North Sea to Med, across the Atlantic, and in the South China Sea and the, Pacific, the Caribbean Islands and also both Coasts of the USA. Having owned and maintained over 3 million dollars worth of sailing vessels, I have vast experience with incredible sailing vessels from the Hallberg Rassy 53 or a Valiant 40 & 42, a Norseman 447, a PSC34, and a BCC28. I've sailed to many foreign ports and also lived aboard while raising a family. Kate and I have had the opportunity to have incredible sailing adventures aboard our boats from the amazing Bristol Channel Cutter to the Hallberg Rassy 53 and finally our Valiant 42 that we built new in 2008 when we were Valiant Dealers in Annapolis. We have sailed far and lived aboard; we have led the Caribbean 1500 to the Bahamas. We have raced to Bermuda. We have delivered boats from the North Sea to the Med and from Guatemala to Annapolis and of course from the Caribbean to Annapolis many times. Through that experience we can help cruising couples make the right decisions. I have decommissioned and shipped many vessels and put them back together again, for myself and also for our clients. I have upgraded each vessel we owned installing every system imaginable, and maintaining every boat properly. I have taught and advised clients so that they themselves will have a pleasant and rewarding experience. Being a fellow boat owner and having personally experienced both sides of being a buyer and a seller, I understand your concerns.

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Yacht Name: Caribe
Builder: Beneteau
Model: First Sloop
Year: 1983
Location: Annapolis, MD
Asking Price: $79,000
Designer: German Frers
Hull Material: Fiberglass

We are pleased to offer the Beneteau First 454 “Caribe” built in 1982 when the Beneteau First series was a well regarded and stoutly built ocean cruising yacht of the times. Caribe is a Beneteau First 456 designed by German Frers, who is probably the among the very best yacht designers today who designs for Hallberg Rassy and other companies as well. Caribe was built in St. Hillaire France in 1984 and spent most of her life in the Caribbean after her prior owner sailed her there from the France. Her current owners bought her in 2002, and have enjoyed sailing all over the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, and Mexico, putting over 5,000 miles under her keel.

Caribe is the owner's version for the Beneteau First with two sleeping cabins, each with its own head. Both cabins sleep two in full size berths. Her main salon has a C shaped settee that makes up into a double berth. With the straight settee berth she actually sleeps seven! With head room of 6'4" she is spacious. You won't feel crowded even with a crew. 

Caribe has had two great owners who maintained her very well. She has been repowered and updated with modern Raymarine electronics, all new winches and even Sirius Radio and an electric toilet. Read on. Caribe is in good shape. For the money, she’s a very good cruising boat that you can buy and just go live the dream!

The last Beneteau First like this that we sold was scooped up by an adventurous sailor from Denmark who bought her and hopped aboard and single-handed her home! The Beneteau First racer cruiser is a classic ocean racer of the 1980's and became well recognized as a single hand race boat.

You might not realize it but the Benjamin Beneteau founded the Beneteau boatyard in Croix de Vie France in the early 1900s building sailing fishing boats! His about 1964 his grandson and granddaughter started building fiberglass sailboats. The Beneteau First  design was the first really successful series of sailing boats from Beneteau. The French sailors have always been the most courageous and adventurous and completive sailors and the Beneteau First established a reputation as a seaworthy pleasure craft for racing and sailing. Within a couple years in the early 80s the Beneteau was one of the top three sailboat manufacturers They expanded into the US building boats in South Carolina.

The Beneteau First of the early eights is regarded as a solid ocean cruiser. They were well built of solid fiberglass in the days when they actually used a lot of fiberglass. The hull shape is proven with a shape entry, beautiful full belly, and tapered stern. She looks like a boat should look. She sails fast. Her fine underbody and spade rudder makes her sleek, racy and responsive. There's a reason these vessels have been sought after by ocean racers for so many years.

Sisterships have completed circumnavigations and we’ve sold more than one. The first owners of Caribe sailed to the Caribbean several times to enjoy all the Islands. Her current owners have enjoyed cruising for four years all over the eastern and western Caribbean, and the East Coast, Bermuda, the Bahamas. They’ve had a grand time.

Over the years of ownership, they have cared for the boat upgrading her with whatever she needed. She’s in good condition and she is a good cruising boat for her age. She sails great and she’s comfortable with many upgrades.

Here are the highlights:

  • Engine - Replaced Perkins 4-108 with a Beta 50 Hp. in October 2014
  • Autopilot, installed a Raymarine Evo400 in May 2017
  • Winches - all the self tailing winches (8) have been replaced with Lewmar Evo winches Primaries (2) - 65's, Secondaries (2) - 50's, halyard and control winches (4) - 43's
  • Tides Marine Strong Track, track replaced 2015
  • Fuel Tank replaced in 2013 (aluminum)
  • Air cooled Waeco (BD50F/Circulating plate) installed 2015
  •  Aft Head - Jabsco electric toilet installed 2015
  • Raymarine E90W hybrid touch chart plotter installed 2013
  • Raymarine Sirius Satellite receiver installed 2013
  • Galley Counter tops replaced with Corian 2012
  • Head counter tops replaced 2013
  • All thru hulls replaced 2013-2017 (except aft head sink)
  • Electrical panel replaced with Blue Sea 360 custom panel in 2012

So if you want to go cruising. You can go now!  Caribe will take you. She knows the way.


Length: 46'
Beam: 14'1
Draft: 6'2
Water Tank Capacity: 220 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 30 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Kobuta
Engine Model: Beta
Power: 50hp
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 530 Hours


The Beneteau First is a classic racer cruiser with a traditional layout with a large forward stateroom; large salon with a dinette to port that makes a large double berth (7'long) and a comfortable settee/sea berth to starboard. Head room is 6'5" in the salon and 6'3" in the galley. Outboard the settees the vessel has custom cabinetry instead of pilot berths. The large galley is aft on port with a large double cabin aft on the port quarter. To starboard of the companionway is the large nav station with a large head and shower. Up forward is a head, converted to a storage locker, and a V-berth.


Galley & Plumbing

  • Offshore U-shaped galley
  • Four burner stove/oven with broiler
  • Refrigeration new in 02
  • Deep SS double sink
  • Loads of storage
  • Good counter space


  • 85 gallons of water and a water maker!
  • Large head aft to Starboard
  • Sink and hand held shower
  • Jabasco standard marine head
  • 25 Gallon holding tank
  • Overboard pump out


Electronics & Navigation

  • Garmin GPS 1997
  • Furuno Radar 1999
  • Icom 710 SSB 1998
  • Standard Horizon tridata Wind/Speed/Depth
  • Autohelm 5000
  • Fleming 501 SS windvane steering 1998


Mechanical & Electrical


  • Perkins 4-108
  • Cutlass bearing (2002)
  • New engine control panel
  • Vetus 3-blade prop
  • Two fuel tanks 40 gal and 50 gal


  • Four gel batteries 370 amp hours
  • Balmar 100 amp alternator
  • Two 75 watt solar panels and charge controller (1998)
  • Cruising battery charger (110v to 250v 50cycle to 60 cycle) Plug in anywhere


  • Water marker Pur 40E 1998


Sails & Rigging

  • Isomat deck-stepped mast
  • Standing rigging replaced in 1998 with inspection and new inner forestay and lowers in 2001
  • Spectra running backstays
  • Harken furler
  • Harken traveler


  • Quantum partial batten mainsail 1997
  • Hood and Elvstrom headsails (Genoas) 100%, 130% and 150%
  • Storm jib
  • Hood MPS spinnaker with sock
  • Hood 3/4 oz spinnaker
  • Mainsail cover
  • Lewmar winches 11 total
  • #40 and #55
  • Line stoppers


Hull, Deck & Ground Tackle


  • Solid fiberglass hull with balsa cored deck and cabin and teak decks recaulked in 2001
  • Cast iron keel bolted
  • Spade rudder
  • Bronze thru hulls and ball valves


  • Teak grate with storage below
  • Goiot 40" wheel
  • Ritchie compass
  • Cockpit instruments
  • Dodger (stout and low) 1997
  • Sailing awning
  • Cushions


  • 45 lb CQR
  • 44 lb Bruce
  • 35 lb Delta
  • 150' HT chain and 150' 5/8 rode
  • Lofrans windlass 2001
  • Bow rollers