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Old 21-10-2017, 22:25   #31
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Re: Bluewater Beneteau

Survey it, update where needed, and the limiting factor won't be the beneteau. but your skills as a Capt. I live in SE Asia and a fair amount of "production boats" often much smaller than the 40' make it here from the States. Personally, I would much rather trust newly engineered vs something 40+ years old that's had it share of beatings, YMMV.

here's a great vid of a beneteau first 30 singlehanded in a blow offshore. Handles superbly ... some good stuff 1:20 onward.

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Old 21-10-2017, 22:39   #32
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Re: Bluewater Beneteau

Hi abit late to the discussion and apologies in advance, haven't read all posts.

An alternative to the solent (not saying better) is to do away with the 140% and go to 100 %jib and add a code zero on a continuous line furler.

The code zero can be used upto approx 15k app, but then roller away and roll out the jib.

My boat has 135% which I found not adequate a number of times this year, I've purchased a code zero with everything I need to install it from Mack sails, I already have the 100% jib. Haven't fitted the setup yet.

I went this way over the solent based on it being easier to setup, no structural work, running back stays etc.
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Re: Bluewater Beneteau

And of course Benes can safely go around the world.

I always use this example. In 2013(?) two boats I cruised with left Asia for south Africa, one was beneteau 423 the other was Malo 46. The malo is the blue water boat right?

Well the beneteau got to south Africa safely and the Malo had major rudder problems and sunk 400nm from the Seychelles, the skipper was very experienced and did a fantastic job keeping the boat afloat until help arrived.

Is the Beneteau a better boat than the Malo? No, it's not from what I know, but my point is that things sometimes go wrong with boats and stuff happens.

I just crossed the Indian ocean in a Catalina 470, no problems. I see beneteau's, but jeaneau's etc all the time going around the world.

Most that have strong opinions regarding production boats not suitable for crossing oceans have uneducated prejudice.... talk to experienced people doing it. The sheer numbers of them out there suggest there's no problem, it's right up there with Cats flip, and don't go blue water in a cat. Had a couple of lagoons cross with me this year, lucky they didn't know they can't.
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