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Old 18-10-2014, 20:21   #31
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Re: Beneteau vs. Hunter

Moving up from 40 to 50 is not a big deal. Comfort improves exponentially, sail handling is easier with in mast and head sail furling. The only perceived problem is docking...but the way these boats answer the helm is a joy and if you add a bow thruster docking and getting fuel are no different then doing it in a smaller boat. My next boat will be 45 to 50 foot.

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Old 18-10-2014, 20:29   #32
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Moving up from 40 to 50 is not a big deal. Comfort improves exponentially, sail handling is easier with in mast and head sail furling. The only perceived problem is docking...but the way these boats answer the helm is a joy and if you add a bow thruster docking and getting fuel are no different then doing it in a smaller boat. My next boat will be 45 to 50 foot.

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Exactly Simon. If I were to buy new right now, I'd likely get the Bene O48...especially since they adopted the Hunter arch. Heh-heh.

Actually, I'd more likely buy a 40' multi.
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Old 18-10-2014, 20:31   #33
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Moving up from 40 to 50 is not a big deal. Comfort improves exponentially, sail handling is easier with in mast and head sail furling. The only perceived problem is docking...but the way these boats answer the helm is a joy and if you add a bow thruster docking and getting fuel are no different then doing it in a smaller boat. My next boat will be 45 to 50 foot.

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Most Benes 49 were built with bowthruster - quite common option.
Do not know about Hunters 49, but I suppose it is similar situation.
So - probably adding will be not necessary.

One thing I do not like about Bene 49 is the structural, loads carrying internal hull liner.
Again, I do not know if Hunters 49 were built the same way. If not, it would be important advantage from my point of view.

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Old 18-10-2014, 20:38   #34
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Do You try to suggest I'm not allowed to post in this thread?
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Wait - I just saw your name. Are you this tomasz from back in the SN FightClub days?
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Old 18-10-2014, 20:44   #35
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Wait - I just saw your name. Are you this tomasz from back in the SN FightClub days?
Sorry, do not know about guy on the photo
Also about SN FightClub
And the flag on the photo is Slovenian (I suppose), not the Polish one
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I saw the problem we had when the furling jammed, and although it got resolved fairly quickly, I know that is not something I would want to deal with by myself.

As I stated, I can't imagine many people being competent to single hand a 49' anything. I certainly am not.
I don't know about a 49 foot Beneteau or Hunter, but sailing our Oyster 53 alone is no problem. I do it all the time. Even have climbing gear to go up the mast solo. Just have to go slow with any in mast furling system in order to prevent jams, and remember not to panic if it sticks a little. Easy does it... In, out, in, out. Also helps to have some wind in the sail and roll it in the correct direction depending on the tack you're on.
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The thing about solo sailing is it teaches you a lot about sailing and the other thing closely linked but few value self reliance.
Take that back to crewed boats for sure, and race boats, but I firmly believe solo sailong is essential for a well rounded sailor.

It also means you dont have to wait for friends when you want to go out on your own boat.
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The thing about solo sailing is it teaches you a lot about sailing and the other thing closely linked but few value self reliance.
Take that back to crewed boats for sure, and race boats, but I firmly believe solo sailong is essential for a well rounded sailor.

It also means you dont have to wait for friends when you want to go out on your own boat.
I don't disagree, and I have had my share of 'fun' doing so with only me on board. I just think there is a practical size limit for most, and I need to emphasis most, sailors.

We have some very accomplished sailors on this forum, who do sail single handed in larger boats. The ability to do that safely and competently is admirable, but not something I would recommend to someone without a lot of experience. It is not a newbies game to jump on a 49 footer and expect to be going across any blue water passages alone any time soon, would you not agree?
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It is not a newbies game to jump on a 49 footer and expect to be going across any blue water passages alone any time soon, would you not agree?
I don't see what the boat size has to with it. It is not a newbies game to do it no matter what the boat size is. But if you feel you can do it on a 35' boat you should be able to on a 49'.
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I don't see what the boat size has to with it. It is not a newbies game to do it no matter what the boat size is. But if you feel you can do it on a 35' boat you should be able to on a 49'.
Bingo.
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I had the same choice years ago, but it was between two women. I went with the better looking one and have never regretted it.


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Too funny! lucky
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