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Old 30-12-2010, 03:01   #166
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What I'm finding is that my family would prefer a newer and more cruising oriented boat, with aft cabin, larger tankage, more storage..... I'm trying to balance my wants with the more practical reality! This is now moving our search into the mid/late 90's and early 00's, and expands our choices. Don

Hi Don

Just to add my two cents worth. For the above reasons we were converted to Beneteau, albeit reluctantly at the time! We have the Oceanus 40cc 1998 and the above mentioned features are great. Huge aft cabin for a boat of this length with the trade off that the saloon is on the small side tho. Enormous amount of storage which is great. (In fact i have 80 seperate locker spaces on my stowage plan!) Tankage......well we are happy with the 600l water and 200l fuel but it is no where near the 1000l a previous poster listed. So I guess depends what YOU require. Will do us for a South Pacific cruise.

We have struggled with the in mast furling system, but are getting used to it.
All to do with having your boom perfectly parallel before stowing away, sorted this by finding the right position when standing on the dock, noting it against something that doesnt change, in our case the fixed bimini frame and bingo now the in mast furler no longer jams.

She sails extremely well to windward. Seems to be incredibly well thought out designwise, we still find things that surprise us with their ingenuity, two years on. The interior in this particular series of Bene is in no way Ikea or plasticky, in fact it was the first production boat I had seen that gave an instant feel of solidity and sturdiness.

For us the bene has given us less to do before going offshore and way more bang for our buck.

Good luck with your search :-)

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Old 30-12-2010, 03:26   #167
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The CC range seemed to be particulary strongly built. I've looked at a few 44 cc they have keel stepped masts too.
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Old 30-12-2010, 15:41   #168
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The CC range seemed to be particulary strongly built. I've looked at a few 44 cc they have keel stepped masts too.
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Looked up the previous models that a previous poster listed (thanks for that link) and the blurb does bear this out. The CC range was designed specifically for blue water. This is what we were told by the broker who basically cudgelled us into looking at this boat. It honestly blew us away compared to the Bene's we had preciously chartered. Changed 20 years of thinking!
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Old 30-12-2010, 15:55   #169
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Pricy little bugger

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi..._id=77288&url=

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi..._id=64851&url=

Anyone know anything about the Idyll?

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...g_id=1852&url=

Personally, I do like the evasion series

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...g_id=6944&url=

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...g_id=1021&url=
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Old 30-12-2010, 16:30   #170
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Personally, I do like the evasion series
Here's one in Panama... did'nt look at your examples.... Opps
Beneteau Evasion 37 Boats for sale Panama, Beneteau Used boat sales, Beneteau Sailing Yachts For Sale 37' Beneteau Evasion - Apollo Duck
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Old 30-12-2010, 16:58   #171
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beauty there boatman! Yessir do like the looks of thi$.
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To wrap up this thread, I appreciate all of the input from everyone and the various twists and turns this has taken in discussing the various Beneteaus, including the mid 80's Firsts and the more modern Oceanis cruising boats. I very seriously was considering a Beneteau. The problem was (and still is), which one? I looked at several, old and new, First and Beneteau/Oceanis. In my search, I realized that while I wanted the mid 80's 38' or 40' First, my wife wanted more cruising and comfort accomodations. That lead to looking at a lot of boats, including the newer Beneteau, C&C, Ericson, and even Catalina. At this point, I can probably tell you about most 34'-38' boat made in the last 20 years!

It just so happens that we found a boat that meets our expectations and seems to us to be perfect boat. In fact, this is the first boat that my wife and I felt would work. So, without much debate, we made an offer on a Tartan 3500. From what I've learned, this boat is a great all-around boat that sails very well in all conditions. The Tartan 3500 is on mahina's list of offshore boats, often quoted on this forum. Tankage is a little on the small size, but there's plenty of free space under the stbd settee and aft lazarettes for additional tanks. Quality and construction seem solid and first rate. At 35', the boat feels like the right size for the two of us and shouldn't break the bank for slip fees and maintenance. I believe she'll allow us to venture further offshore..... After that, we'll see the wind takes us. Thanks again for all your help - this has been a very informative process.
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Capt Don. Nice choice. Congrats!
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Old 03-01-2011, 13:18   #174
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Well chosen, good luck and have fun!
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I know I'm a couple of weeks late to this discussion, and the OP appears to have selected his boat, but I can't resist noting that if a B331 and a First 40.5 both are on your list of contemplated boats, you haven't yet decided what you want to do with the boat, and you have some more fundamental thinking to do before you start picking boats. Same goes for a B523 and First 35, two other boats that appeared on the same list of contemplated boats from earlier posts.

I have some views on this stuff, but I'll spare you all, save for my comment above.
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