Originally Posted by GrahamHO
I'm not making recommendations. I said "what I would do". Beneteau design for mass production as well as the charter
market. They are fine designs for what they are designed for.
Benetaus are designed for mass production? Mass production is not a market (like charter) it means that they made many boats of the same model.
Regarding Beneteaus being designed for the charter
market it is a misconception. Regarding any Beneteau model the ones that are bought for charter are an important number but does not represent more than 25% of the number of the total of boats sold of a given model (normally are way less than that).
That means that the models are not designed specifically for the charter market but given the number of the boats sold for that market (25% is, regarding some models, more than 150 boats) they propose special interior
layouts for charter.
Not only Beneteau are great charter boats. What makes a good charter boat is a very good performance, durability, interior quality and design for a price
. Beneteaus are great boats for the price
are as popular as Beneteau on the charter market.
Regarding what they are designed for it is for the biggest possible type of sailors and sailors needs (main market cruisers), from staying and living most of the time on a marina, for coastal cruising and depending on the size, for offshore
cruising or blue-water cruising.
It is a general purpose boat and one that with some few simple modifications and additional equipment
can be used (and is used) for long range cruising.