The 423 divides this generous volume in alternative ways, a two-cabin and a three-cabin version. Both layouts have the same forward cabin and head, dining area (more or less), aft head, and engine compartment. The three-cabin boat has its galley along the port side, opposite the dinette, a nav desk to starboard with the head opposite, and two essentially identical big-berth cabins on either side aft. The two-cabin version, the one I sailed, has a short settee on the port side of the saloon with a nav desk aft of it, a large galley aft to starboard, and a cabin to port, the same as that in the three-cabin but with even more acreage covered with mattress. No doubt the three-cabin Beneteau 423 will wind up in large numbers in the charter fleets, and it will also suit owners who sail with families or friends. The two-cabin version seems destined for couples bent on long sessions of cruising by themselves or on day cruises, when they can turf the excess guests off the boat after dinner.
Around the saloon table, six can sit comfortably, eight at a squeeze, and the extra settee to port will fit up to a trio at drinks time. This seat will also serve as a slightly short sea berth, if you could engineer a lee cloth for it (and while you're at it, for the starboard settee).