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Old 08-11-2011, 18:25   #1
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Bringing French Ex-Charter Boat to US

I thought I'd found THE boat. Five year old Beneteau 393 coming out of caribbean charter, at an affordable price. I've read the stories about ex charter boats, good and bad, and am not discouraged. At first, I wasn't concerned it's a French built boat. I think I can handle the 220 voltage issue. But now I am finding the French model is different from her US sistership in other ways, like a steering pedestal that pivots the wheel to the side. And some people claim there is a difference in the quality of US and French versions of the same model. This perception could kill resale, even if it's not true.
I checked with the beneteau owners group to see if anyone brought such a boat into the U.S. but I rec'd no feedback. So I am asking you guys. Has anybody bought a french bene for use in US? If so, how did it work for you?
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:59   #2
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Re: Bringing French Ex-Charter Boat to US

Hi Tom,
I am considering to make a similar move. Did you end up getting this boat?
I'm keen on learning about your experience.
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Old 06-09-2014, 16:32   #3
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Re: Bringing French Ex-Charter Boat to US

Joaquin,
I did not get the Beneteau. When I hauled her for survey, she turned out to have a deep draft keel instead of the shoal draft as advertised. Since I wanted to cruise in Bahamas, this was not good choice for me. I ended up buying a Hood 38, which is a french boat, but it was built for sale in USA. I'm afraid I can't offer you much insight.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:11   #4
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Tom,

Thanks for your prompt reply. It seems that they don't have a good handle on the boats specs. I was ready to make an offer when they got an update from the listing agent and there were a few differences with the specs in the listing.

I can't imagine the feeling of the boat being hauled out and and the keel never ending, giving it another 2 feet of draft.

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