So to set the record
straight on the keel issue, there have been a couple documented cases of Beneteau
First 40.7's losing keels, but none that I'm aware of with the Beneteau 3xx/4xx series, whose keels are much longer and wider than the lower profile design used for the First series. In any case, such incidents are exceedingly rare and are not limited to Beneteau.
I own an Oceanis
400 which is a slightly older cousin to the 411 and 393. I believe all three came out of the same hull mold
with most of the differentiation being on deck
and inside the cabin
. I looked at several 411 and 393 models before choosing the current
boat. The cabin door issue you describe was not an issue I experienced. Probably best to have the surveyor
investigate that one.
As far as common issues:
- A lot of the 411s are coming up on 10-15 years old which is the time to start considering standing wire rigging replacement. They have a discontinuous rig, meaning that the shrouds are interrupted at the spreaders. This makes replacement more expensive than on a boat where shrouds run continuously from deck to mast. It also makes it virtually impossible to re-rig without stepping the mast. Make sure to negotiate your price accounting for this.
- I believe they offered a lot of engine options - a Westerbeke, a Yanmar, and the Perkins M50/Volvo MD22L (same engine). Be aware of what you're getting and what the parts availability is in your area.