I, too, have been sailing Beneteaus for quite some time - Owned my first Beneteau (a '83 First 30) for 22 years and sailed in just about everything imaginable in the Gulf of Mexico
and the Atlantic - then Layla came, my current Oceanis
461 (a Farr design) and have been sailing her since 2005 with absolutely no problem whatsoever that can be attributed to the manufacturer.
There are 'nuisances' to correct to be sure, but those are mostly needs created by my personal preferences.
has had a single
blister in all the years combined(!) They sail beautifully and fast. The 461 has been very seakindly in her motion and shortening the sails
have been very easy with the furlers (I had doubts about the furlers in the beginning.)
On Beneteaus or any other boat, I believe one of the most common problem is the sailor who doesn't trim the boat correctly, doesn't reef in a timely fashion, doesn't perform the necessary periodic and otherwise maintenance
, etc, etc.... IMHO, it doesn't matter how much one pays for the boat, if you don't treat her right, she will most certainly fail you.
As far as the ex-charter boats, it is like buying
an ex-rental car... If you are lucky, she had a low stress prior life - if not, you will need to live with the leftover impact of hard groundings, stressed out rigging
, etc.. I -personally- preferred to stay away from the retired charter
Hope you get your Benny and enjoy it as much as many in this forum have enjoyed theirs.