new to forum. wanted to get some opinions regarding my search for a bigger boat. Grew up sailing, we have 3 kids
and in a few years plan to take family
and split for a year. Intercoastal down to Fla, then to Islands. No major blue water
stuff, just basic cruising/island hopping. We've had a caliber '28 for 4 years- great boat, enjoyed sailing Chesapeake but in process of selling and starting the search for bigger (used- around '00-'04) boat. Budget
is limiting me from my dream of a 40-ish Island Packet/etc and I've been thinking more about Beneteau
(393, 411 etc).
1st, basic question: beneteau
quality? I've heard very good things despite my admitted bias growing up about the factory/churned out product-- I'm really impressed with the aesthetics, finishing touches and basic look especially for the reasonable price
tag. I guess the fact that basically all the charters use them speaks to the comfort factor-- but what is the general consensus on reliability
? I'm used to the caliber, where everything is pretty much done right. All fittings through bolted, over built and sturdy. Comprable with Beneteau?
More specifically, other than catalina
40-ish what are some other go-to comparisons? I'm trying to balance comfort (3 kids/2 adults) with storage
and above else quality. I know I'm asking the age old question- but would love to see what some folks have to offer.
I started off thinking the 38 was fine- but now thinking I should really target the 40 or 41.
once the year is done it will be chesapeake cruising. Way down the road potentially live aboard, who knows. So I figure I'll try and get biggest possible now and not have to upsize again (I know-- it always seems that way until you have to upsize).
thanks for reading.