Originally Posted by goboatingnow
There is no particle board on a beneteau. It's veneered plywood , just like HR , oyster
, etc. the difference being a robot cuts it as opposed to a highly paid and protected Swedish cabinet maker.
Sent from my iPad
I owned a First 36.7 for 5 years, the "veneered plywood" cabinets almost immediately started losing their glued-on molding. The smooth flooring
was dangerously slippery when wet. The cheap varnish
on the toe rails started flaking after 6 months of San Francisco weather
. The LPS on the boat was 119 degrees, with a B/D ratio of less than 30% the boat does not even qualify for some offshore
races. Some of the components (winches, rigging
, steering) were high quality while the overall fit and finish was not confidence inspiring.
When we decided to move up to a bigger, blue water
cruising boat, we looked at some new Beneteaus and Jeanneaus. The new boats are designed to look good at the boat shows, they figured out 15 years ago that women play a big part in the buying
process. I heard that from a Beneteau dealer BTW. The deck
is standard because it keeps the interior
dry and is cheaper. The stanchions do not inspire confidence, just look at their attachment points. Most of their boats do not have an LPS over 120, hell, they don't even list their (iron!) keel
weights anymore. I tried awfully hard to find something to like about their First 40/45's. The 40 has a horrible layout below for cruising, why they insisted on a 3 cabin
layout with a dinky head I will never understand. The 45 has two dinky heads, very limited storage
, and those weird centerline hatches. The salon
area would be dangerous in a seaway, lots of open space without handholds. Rant over, I feel better now.