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Beneteau Oceanis 523 | Hakuna Matata II
Hakuna Matata II

Beneteau Oceanis 523 - 2008

Sailboat Name: Hakuna Matata II | Air Conditioned

Kudos to Group Finot designers, who have come up with a real winner to rival any yacht in the 50' to 55' range. The Beneteau 523 did not win Sailing Magazine's, 2006 Boat of the Year Award for nothing. They have brought a much welcomed dimension to the BVI bareboating industry!

I don't like smoke and mirrors or clever attempts to be "innovative". Most fall flat on their face! The Beneteau 523 offers a no-nonsense layout which works ... and the designers of this 5 cabin, 5 head sailboat are to be congratulated.

The layout is straight forward and adds one huge advantage many yachts of similar size do not possess. The forward cabin is NOT the standard "coffin" usually designated for crew! Its usable for charter guests too, though you'd probably like to designate its use for children or hired crew.

Access to the far forward cabin is either from a deck hatch for your hired captain ... or ... from the starboard cabin located forward of the galley. Children can pass through their parent's cabin, through the head and into their cabin!

When you arrive in the British Virgin Islands, you may want to flip a coin to decide who gets the port aft cabin with separate walk in shower. Otherwise, the two aft cabins are identical as are the two forward cabins.

The Galley is great on the Beneteau 523! Lots of storage space, double sink, 4 burner stove with oven, a microwave for use at the dock and a front opening fridge with separate freezer compartment!

The large cockpit with folding table and wrap around seating is very comfortable with plenty of room for all. The nearly flush, teak deck is nice and clean! You won't find any hardware where it shouldn't be. Twin steering wheels are a nice feature as well.

I really like the Beneteau 523. Its sure to be a winner throughout the Caribbean and I have no doubt this yacht will be sailing the British Virgin Islands for many years to come!

Note: ASA Sailing lessons (levels 101, 103 and 104) are available aboard this yacht. Candidates must be at least 12 years of age or over to acquire bareboat certification.


Electric | Electronics

Helm | Cockpit


Note: The equipment list is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. The charter company reserves the right to substitute the dinghy, outboard or any other equipment listed which, from time to time, may need repair or replacement.

Cabins and berths - Maximum 6 to 10 persons

This yacht offers: 2 Queen cabins - 2 Double cabins - Forepeak berth - in the following configuration:
Note: If you require a captain, ASA instructor, or cook, they will each require a cabin. See Crew notes below for further details.

Charter Rates - Beneteau Oceanis 523

Deduct $500.00 from seasonal prices if chartering this yacht without air conditioning.
December 18 to January 5 -
$8,695 (USD)
January 5 to January 31 -
$7,495 (USD)
January 31 to April 10 -
$8,695 (USD)
April 10 to July 10 -
$6,595 (USD)
July 10 to November 1 -
$5,995 (USD)
November 1 to December 18 -
$7,495 (USD)
Note: Prices and seasonal dates are subject to change without notice.

Pricing and booking information

If considering booking your BVI sailing vacation and would like the price for Hakuna Matata II, enter your preferred charter dates at the top of this page and return to the charter rate section to see your net charter fee, including any applicable discounts.
Bareboat charter rates displayed do not include:
BVI Cruising Tax, NPT daytime mooring fees, yacht insurance, hired crew costs, cell phone rental, security deposit, V.I.S.A.R. donation, prior night sleep aboard fees or fuel and water charges.
Prices indicated are for 7 nights aboard and all charters begin and end at 12:00 noon. Please note that Hakuna Matata II is not available during hurricane season from: August 20 to September 30.
Until you request a "hold" be placed on the yacht (and we confirm), availability cannot be guaranteed. A deposit in the amount of 50% of the net charter fee is required within 5 days of placing your hold.
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Photos of Hakuna Matata II - Beneteau Oceanis 523

At Dock
Main Saloon
Navigation Station
Aft Cabin
Fwd Port Cabin
Forepeak Cabin


  • Free Nights - Monohull Yachts Only: Sail 10 nights and get 3 nights free from July 10 to October 31. If sailing for 8 or 9 nights, you will get 1 or 2 nights free and pay for 7. This offer is not applicable to HYC catamarans.
  • HYC Repeat Guests: Will receive 10% off BVI sailing vacations lasting 5 nights or longer, regardless of season. Please note that this discount does not apply to a prior night sleep aboard.
  • Multiple Yachts: Hire two or more sailboats for the same dates booked at the same time and save 10% on both yachts.
  • Important Note: From time to time, special offers may be available that are not noted above but will be reflected in your full quote, if requested. No two discounts may be combined.
  • Our Guarantee: You will always receive the best offer available, first time ... every time. Count on it!

Standard bareboat equipment

Notes about hired crew