Originally Posted by dgasmd
2008 3 cabin/2 heads. Not interested so much in the comfort below and such unless it has some inherent major issues. Mostly interested in sailing performance, reliability
, durability/strength, downfalls, engine
size appropriate for it? Tanks
seem small to me for size!
In general all Beneteau
have tanks on the small size.
Lots of those 40s especially the 3 cabins went into the med charter
I always thought the standard 40 hp engine was a little underpowered , I think most private versions upgraded at purchase
to the 70 hp ( can't remember exactly ) I certainly found the 40 hp version underpowered.
I've sailed the in mast
version so it had typical performance of such a setup. Ogh yes and one slab reefed version, I ne'er really liked the beneteau
slab reefing, there always seems to be a lot of friction in the reef line, and a lot had the reef lines pulled back to the cockpit
, which made reefing a two person operation, but that's not uncommon. In my opinion. The boat suits in mast
Quite a quick boat, nothing nasty , typical middle of the road stuff. From memory it had a reasonable chart table and if you like the abeam galley
The main thing I found is there isn't any sea berths at all in the main cabin
and with no back rest ( like in the old 50s) you have nothing to lean on when cooking
capacity is poor as well ,,another beneteau failing. And often difficult to expand easily
She's a typical med boat, good at what she is. But the design was heavily influenced by the charter
market, ie little sleeping at sea and little cooking
Ps of she's fitted with holding tanks make sure they are all working, its one thing I hate is the holding tanks on some beneteau , especially around the transition to them being fitted into existing designs. They have a tendency to block. ( or the valves to seize)
areas to check, especially, if shes ex charter are rudder
tube and bearings , keel
and keel bolts
quadrant and cables
, standard engine I believe was yanmar
40 , which is a good engine if looked after.
I found the twin wheel
setup a little sloppy , but not untypically so .
As with all such boats , check the condition of the seacocks and the hoses., check the water
system for leaks
as the pumps have occasional trouble
Other then that not much to say. Lots of them about , very popular size and boat