Well, I went aboard the Beneteau today. As expected, fairly similar to the Hunter in overall design. I have to say the Hunter was better maintained and presented despite being 9 years older. It was really immaculate. The Beneteau looks like it's been sitting for the best part of the last 5 years while her owner only comes here on holidays to sail her. Which is the case as far as I can gather. Other than that, which isn't critical, and the AC/generator on the Hunter, I can't pick much difference between them visually.
On the topic of AC, I received an estimate of $2700 to retrofit it. Apparently the boat
needs to get hauled to have a water
intake installed for the cooling
. That could be done at a later date, maybe during the next antifoul (was last done in 2015). The marine generator
is a bigger cost, the Paguro model (as fitted to the Hunter) is around $7,000 alone... so the total cost of upgrading with new components would be almost $10k