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Blue Kai
Beneteau 473
$203,000 USD
46ft 11in


Moorage Sublease available and possible at Elliott Bay Marina

Blue Kai is a well-maintained example of Beneteau’s popular 473 model. Her swift hull design by Groupe Finot is coupled with a spacious and comfortable two stateroom, two head interior arrangement. Her well-conceived galley and salon spaces create a fantastic interior for entertaining large groups but also function well under sail. Abundant windows, ports and hatches provide lots of natural light. Above decks, Blue Kai’s large cockpit with fixed centerline table, twin wheels and “scoop” transom provides ample space for the crew to relax. Sail handling systems are well configured for shorthanded use, with in-mast furling mainsail, electric cabintop winch and electric primary winches.

Name of vessel Blue Kai
Model Beneteau 473
Year 2005
Builder Beneteau
Designer Group Finot
Price $203,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 46
Beam (feet) 14' 2"
Draft (feet) 5' 5"
Displacement (pounds) 24277
Ballast (pounds) 8157
Engine model Yanmar 4JH3-TE
Engine horsepower 74
Engine hours 1827
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 113
Water tank capacity (gallons) 209
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 2X22


Interior Accommodations

Blue Kai’s spacious interior arrangement provides very comfortable accommodations for two couples in two private staterooms. Finished in varnished cherry with a faux teak sole and white molded headliner her interior is easily maintained. Abundant opening ports and hatches and fixed windows in the hull sides and cabin add to the open feeling of her accommodations. All overhead hatches are equipped with Oceaniar shades and separate screen inserts while the portlights have custom cream-colored curtains.

Starting forward is the owners’ stateroom with walk around island berth and 6’7” of headroom. The bunk has an 8” thick queen sized latex mattress and custom waterproof mattress pad from King Marine Canvas. There is ample storage throughout the stateroom in two drawers below the berth, lockers to port and starboard and a tall locker with shelves aft and to port.  A dressing settee is located along the port side of the cabin aft of the berth. Three overhead hatches, provide ventilation to the space while two portlights and LED reading lights and the crisp white overhead offer great light to the cabin.

The ensuite master head is located aft and to starboard in the stateroom. The compartment is finished in easy to maintain smooth white molded surfaces. Outboard is a sink with single lever faucet. There is a locker below and mirrored medicine cabinet above and outboard. An electric head is located aft of the sink. Inboard is a large separate shower stall with door.

The spacious salon is next aft. To starboard is a large U-shaped dinette with a fixed table. A bench on centerline provides seating for the inboard end of the table – this arrangement allows for at least eight guests around the table. There is an additional settee along the port side of the cabin. All seats are upholstered in timeless blue fabric. Storage is nicely configured in the salon with shelves and lockers above and outboard of the settees to port and starboard.  There is additional storage space outboard of the settee seatbacks and beneath the centerline bench. Fixed ports in the hull sides and cabin provide light and a view to the outside from a seated position and headroom in this space is 6’ 7”

Aft and to port in the salon is the forward-facing navigation station. There is a large chart table with lifting top and a small fiddle. The Raymarine radar/chartplotter, sailing instrument multi display, VHF radio, battery monitor, electrical panel are close at hand. There is a chart spotlight and red night light. A curved molded navigator’s seat provides a comfortable perch whether under sail or at anchor. There is a storage bin below this navigator’s seat that houses the inverter/charger, outboard in a deep shelf and above the electrical panel.  Additional storage is available in a drawer and locker below the forward end of the table.

To starboard is Blue Kai’s large L-shaped galley. Wide Corian countertops with teak fiddles allow for extravagant preparations in this well-conceived space. At the forward inboard end is a deep two bin stainless sink set below the countertop. A glass splash guard divides the forward end of the sink from the settee. Below the inboard end of the counter are two drawers and a large locker. Aft below the inboard leg of the counter are a narrow locker with spice rack and bottle storage, and a large hinged trash locker beneath the sink. The top loading freezer and front loading fridge are located at the forward end of the counter along the hull side. Just aft is the three burner stove/oven with stainless crash bar. There is a locker for pots and pans beneath the stove. Aft of the stove is a large counter space with a locker with shelves below. A built in microwave is located above the counter in the aft bulkhead. A series of four large lockers with a shelf above runs the length of the outboard end of the counter. At the aft end of the galley space, a door provides access to the massive starboard side cockpit locker – this clever interior access could be well configured with a pantry or additional galley storage if needed. Two opening ports and two hatches (one behind the dodger) provide ventilation in this space. All the way aft is a door that opens into a storage/small workshop area that is also accessible from the cockpit locker.

The aft head is located at the base of the companionway to port. The compartment is finished in white molded surfaces and has an overhead hatch for ventilation and light. There is a counter forward and outboard with a sink and single lever faucet, mirrored cabinet above and locker below. There is also a mirror on the forward bulkhead. The manual toilet is located aft and outboard.

Located in the port aft quarter, the aft stateroom features a huge berth. There is a king sized latex mattress and custom waterproof mattress pad designed by King Marine Canvas. The headroom in the cabin is 6’5”. One fixed window, two opening ports and a hatch provide good light and ventilation. Forward and outboard there is a single hanging locker and smaller locker with shelves. There is an additional locker at the head of the berth on centerline.



  • Top loading freezer
  • Front loading fridge
  • GE microwave
  • Hinged trash bin compartment
  • Pressure hot/cold water
  • Three burner propane stove/oven
  • Corian countertops


Electronics & Navigation

At cockpit:

  • Raymarine RL70C radar/chartplotter
  • Raymarine Radar
  • Raymarine ST6001 autopilot control head
  • Raymarine electric liner drive autopilot
  • (2) Raymarine ST 60 wind and tridata displays
  • (2) Plastimo Olympic 135 compasses
  • ICOM VHF ram mic
  • (2) cockpit speakers

At nav station:

  • ICOM IC-M402 VHF radio
  • Raymarine RL70C
  • Raymarine ST60 multi display
  • Raymarine wired in autopilot remote
  • Raystar 125 GPS
  • Sony CDX-F5510 AM/FM/CD stereo receiver
  • (2) Sony XS-MP61 cabin speakers
  • Bad Boy Wifi Antena booster
  • Chart spotlight & red nightlight
  • Cabin light switches throughout
  • Samsung flatscreen TV 28”X16” wall mounted in salon
  • Sony Blu-Ray disc player
  • Samsung TV in owners cabin
  • Sony DVD player
  • (3) Caframo cabin fans

Electrical Systems

  • 12v DC and 110v AC electrical systems
  • UPM AC and DC panels with DC voltmeter
  • 30a/125v shore power inlet
  • 30amp 50’ shore power cords
  • Fischer Panda 12V 4kW generator (AGT-DC 4000)
  • Fischer Panda remote start panel at nav station
  • Xantrex Freedom SW2012 2000 watt inverter/100A battery charger (2023)
  • 110 amp alternator
  • Balmar AC-612 charge controller
  • (4) West Marine AGM group 27 92Ah house batteries (Jan 2020)
  • Engine start battery (Jan 2020)
  • 12v DC outlet at nav station
  • 110v AC GFCI outlets throughout vessel
  • (3) International Thermal Research thermostats (ITR) for cabin heater
  • Air Marine 400 watt wind turbine with remote brake/shut off switch in port lazarette

Mechanical Systems

  • Yanmar 4JH3 TE 75hp diesel engine – (1827 hours)
  • Volvo single lever throttle shift lever at port helm
  • Four blade Max-prop propeller
  • Lewmar 5kW 12VDC bow thruster
  • (2) Fuel tanks 113gal total (62 gal each)
  • (2) 10# aluminum propane bottles
  • Magma grill
  • 3-burner LPG stove with oven
  • GE Microwave
  • Alder Barbor refrigerator & freezer compressor
  • Hurricane II hydronic diesel cabin heating system
  • GE Smart water filtration system for galley
  • Par Max water pump
  • Shurflo diaphragm bilge pump
  • Whale MK5 Henderson manual bilge pump
  • Isotemp 11 gal water heater
  • (3) water tanks 1 plastic under fwd berth 2 fiberglass midships (209 gal total)
  • Water manifold under stbd settee
  • (3) Jabsco Shower drain pumps (37202-2012) one for the forward shower, one for the fridge/freezer drain and one as the water
  • (2) Jabsco Pump Guards
  • Rule float switch
  • 12v Jabsco electric toilet in master head
  • Jabsco manual flush toilet
  • Jabsco Y valve
  • (2) 22 gal holding tanks (44 gal total)

Deck & Hull

Blue Kai’ Groupe Finot designed hull features a relatively shallow canoe body with a bulbed fin keel and spade rudder. Her hull is constructed of solid fiberglass with a structural fiberglass hull liner. Her keel bolts were recently torqued to spec and two coats of black Cukote bottom paint were applied in May 2023.

Her deck is cored fiberglass sandwich with solid fiberglass in high load areas.  The hull is finished in white gelcoat with double blue boot stripes and a blue cove stripe. She has a sugar scoop style transom with swim ladder and storage locker. A teak cap rail tops the 2”bulwark that surrounds the deck and nonskid is molded into the deck. There are six large mooring cleats mounted on this cap rail to prevent stubbing a toe while moving about the deck. There are stainless steel stanchions with double lifelines and boarding gates to port and starboard. Forward is a deep anchor locker. Her side decks are wide and easily navigated. Stainless pulpits at the mast and handrails along the cabin top provide support while working at the mast or moving about the deck. Her large cockpit is well configured for both large groups and shorthanded sailing. Teak overlay on the cockpit seats and removable teak grating on the sole creates excellent nonskid. The cockpit is fully protected by a large Iverson dodger, bimini and side panels. The frame has stainless handrails aft, port and to starboard and canvas covers protect the Strataglass windows when not underway. Bench seats run aft from the forward end opposite a beautifully varnished fixed cockpit table. Just aft, twin helm stations allow for easy movement throughout the cockpit. Electric primary winches are located just forward of the wheel within easy reach of the person at the helm. On deck storage is excellent – in addition to the large anchor locker forward, there is a massive lazarette locker beneath the starboard cockpit seat, a shallow line locker below the port seats and a locker beneath the aft helm seats.

  • Lewmar electric anchor windlass with wired remote
  • Dual stainless steel anchor roller
  • 10 Kg Delta type anchor
  • 30 Kg Bruce type anchor
  • Fortress FX-55 back-up anchor
  • Anchor washdown
  • Hella marine nav lights
  • Twin SS “destroyer” type wheels with leather wraps
  • (6) large mooring cleats
  • (9) Lewmar deck hatches
  • (2) Stainless doraid vents
  • Plexiglas hatchboards
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Hot/cold cockpit shower
  • Blue Iverson canvas dodger
  • Blue Iverson canvas cockpit bimini and connector panels
  • Blue Iverson canvas cockpit table cover
  • Stainless dinghy davits
  • Stainless outboard crane
  • Stainless windvane post
  • Swim ladder
  • Screens for portlights and hatches

Sails & Rigging

  • U.S. Spars anodized aluminum two spreader mast (with in-mast furling)
  • U.S. Spars anodized aluminum boom
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Profurl headsail furler
  • Baby stay
  • Neilpryde 9.08 challenge Dacron furling mainsail
  • Neilpryde 140% 8.08 challenge Dacron genoa
  • Forespar anodized aluminum whisker pole
  • (2) Lewmar 54 STelectric primary winches
  • Lewmar 40 ST electric winch at cabin top
  • Lewmar 40 ST winch at cabin top
  • (8) Spinlock line stoppers at cabin top
  • Lewmar blocks

Safety and Miscellaneous

  • 11’ Caribe fiberglass bottom inflatable dinghy
  • 15hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard motor
  • Lifesling MOB recovery system in soft case
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Mastercraft tool box
  • Electric oil filled heater
  • ES Sorenson oil lamp in cabin
  • Lifejackets
  • Spare docklines
  • Fenders

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