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.