Speed is just one thing required for a world cruiser; I was looking for what is the best world cruiser, not the fastest one.
Assuming there are no bad boats in this segment and price range, it will come down to details that may not be obvious from a sunny picture:
- watertight bulkheads. How many, where positioned, which hull
openings are guarded by them?
- mid cockpit
of the Bene vs aft cockpit
with sugarscoop stern of the SD. How do you go swimming and how do get get a MOB
back aboard in rough off-shore conditions?
system. How big exactly is the anchor
, how well does the chain store automatically? Does it always deploy correctly without chain jamming?
- sail plan: minimize drag / heel for optimum comfort underway. This goes together with being fast which is also an important factor for a world cruiser. Also, height of mast
, how many people needed to sail the boat efficiently? Can it easily be done by one? Remember that this is required for a crew of two on long passages.
layout and safety
during long off-shore passages. Enough handholds? Floor level throughout or steps up/down? Galley
allows easy bracing yourself or wide open space etc. ? I don't know every detail of the Bene57 so these are genuine questions, not saying it is one or the other, but for the SD, these are well thought out and optimized.
- how is rain water
collected? Is the design based on such detail for world cruising?
- access to engine
and other systems. Assume separate engine
capacity? Range under power?
- strength of rigging
etc. What happens if you slam into a whale at full speed? Recorded cases and outcomes? What storms were weathered with which results?
hydraulic, cable or both? Autopilot
capabilities, will it work during storms? How much hp does the AP drive have and what is it's track record
And this list goes on for ever. It is sheer madness what details come up for a world cruiser. I simply do not believe that Beneteau had that kind of resources available when they designed the 57. I believe their design goal was to challenge the Farr yachts, Contests etc., not to build the ultimate world cruiser, while that was exactly what Dashew aimed for, with the Sundeer being the result of his evolution of Deerfoot + more experience + technical innovation.