Your name is very Dutch and this is the first time I find one in Hungary ;-) How is it there on the sailing/cruising/living front?
Bruce Farr, imo, is a top designer
and I would choose his design over that from Briand. The thing is that the Farr Bene's are somewhat older I think, so you must find a good one.
The Bene 50 that is designed by Farr is called: "Beneteau 50". No Oceanis. It is the same hull as the "Beneteau First 53F5" except for the above-waterline part of the stern. The Bene 50 was very popular for chartering in a 4-cabin, 4-head config. There is also an owners-version. Don't skip looking at the chartering version because those heads & cabins are easy to convert to storage/workshop etc.
I say again: there are still good 53F5's to be found, like from first owner with little miles under their keels. They are perfect and beautiful liveaboard
boats. Pininfiari is the designer
that does the Ferrari cars so the interior
is very, very nice and this is mated with that Farr hull design. We were close to buying
one once but couldn't live with the in-mast furling
she had (they come with many different rigging
designs incl. tall-rig racing
and somewhat lower rig cruising masts. A survey
should concentrate on checking the hull laminate.
You are writing about solid skin and cored skin. For older boats, both need to be checked carefully. If errors were made during the construction or later repairs/modifications, a core
can get wet which is not good. There are many cruisers who don't like cored hulls because of that (they say) but you must understand that they have solid hulls (almost never had experience with cored), are overtaken by cored hulls now and then so their opinion is colored. Mine is too as Jedi is fully cored with balsa. A cored hull has many advantages, like stiffer, built-in insulation
, lighter etc. Both solid and cored can de-laminate too. A full hull survey
incl. sea trial (to check for flexing under sail and engine
, incl. engine
bed) is needed for older boats regardless of construction method.