Looking for information about Beneteau 440

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  1. Gerri

    Gerri

    Joined May 14, 2019
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    Beneteau 440
    Island Dreamer US Colon, Panama
    I am a writer and I am researching information about the 440. I know nothing about sailing and in my book I have my character crashing into the jetty at Garden City, SC

    What I would like to know is how fast do they go?
    Is it a wooden hull or fiberglas?
    What kind of engine?

    You can contact me at writinglassie@gmail.com

    Thank you.
    Gerri
     


  2. Davidasailor26

    Davidasailor26

    Joined May 17, 2004
    1,652 posts, 401 likes
    Beneteau Oceanis 37 LE
    US Havre de Grace
    Welcome!

    The 440 is a fiberglass hull, with a 55hp diesel engine. It cruises around 7 or 8 knots (8 or 9 mph). More specific specs are at https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/oceanis-440-beneteau, or Google the model and look at ones that are for sale to see pictures and descriptions.
     


  3. Gerri

    Gerri

    Joined May 14, 2019
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    Beneteau 440
    Island Dreamer US Colon, Panama
    Thank you for the website.
     


  4. shemandr

    shemandr

    Joined Jan 1, 2006
    3,944 posts, 899 likes
    Marblehead Skiff 14'
    US Greenport, NY
    Let us know when you publish your book. I hope the boat survives. I don't know about the character-yet.
     


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  5. Benny17441

    Benny17441

    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,749 posts, 417 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    Sailboats are slow, but large sailboats can be heavy. That boat displaces 22,000 lbs. dry (no fuel, no water, no provisions, no accessories or equipment). In a sailing configuration it can easily reach 25,000 lbs. Move 25,000 lbs at 7 knots and you are carrying a lot of force. In crash Diesel fuel is safe as it's flash point is much lower than gasoline. The good news is that a person moving at 7 knots in a crash probably has the strength to hold and stop himself with no serious injury unless he is at the point of impact where the crushing fiberglass would seriously hurt him. sailboats do have a keel that protrudes from the bottom of the boat and depending on the depth of the water it could slow or even stop a boat as it grounds. This boat has a Draft of 6 ft. and that keel has weight of almost 7,000 lbs or 1/3 of the total displacement of 22,000 lbs. It keeps the boat right side up. In case of crash the boat could jump up or get crushed against a jetty up to where the keel starts. No fiery crash like a power boat, not likely to sink as held by the jetty and very survivable unless the man set the autopilot and went to sleep in the V-berth at the bow.
     


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  6. Gerri

    Gerri

    Joined May 14, 2019
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    Beneteau 440
    Island Dreamer US Colon, Panama
    Great information thank you. How fast can this sailboat go on auto pilot? I need to make it look the crash created the severe injuries to my characters. At what speed would the hull be crushed on the rocks? Could the crash tear off the keel or simply bend it. This is probably not what your forum is for, but I really appreciate your information.
     


  7. Gerri

    Gerri

    Joined May 14, 2019
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    Beneteau 440
    Island Dreamer US Colon, Panama
    If and when I get it published I will let you know. Sorry to say the boat doesn't survive.
     


  8. Davidasailor26

    Davidasailor26

    Joined May 17, 2004
    1,652 posts, 401 likes
    Beneteau Oceanis 37 LE
    US Havre de Grace
    Unfortunately I think strictly crashing into the jetty is going to give you a hard time causing that kind of damage or injury. On autopilot the boat will still be limited by the speed of the engine or power of the sails, so less than 10 knots. Anyone on the boat, even not holding on, in the worst case would be thrown into a bulkhead at that speed. Imagine running at a quick jog into a wall, and that's about the worst injury that could happen. The boat would probably be roughed up, but, as they say, it would buff out.

    Obligatory YouTube clip of a boat being driven into a jetty a few times:

    (That boat is probably stronger than the Beneteau, but still, the results are not catastrophic.)

    If you want to have more injury or damage you'll probably want to have the boat pushed by storm driven waves into the jetty. If a 15 foot wave picks up the boat and carries it into the rocks I could imagine that causing more of the injury and damage that you're talking about.

    Another clip of a boat being pushed by waves into a pier and aground: (excitement starts around 2:05)
     


  9. Gerri

    Gerri

    Joined May 14, 2019
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    Beneteau 440
    Island Dreamer US Colon, Panama
    Thank you, that is exactly the kind of information I needed. I guess I will have to increase my winds and have a large wave smash the boat against the jetty's rocks. And it is such a pretty boat too.
     




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