Originally Posted by robert sailor
So what you are saying is that one of your friends that is a surveyor believes that Benni's are built better than Dufour's, is that correct?
Your other point is that your personally don't think there is a big difference in quality and you quite like the Dufour's design.
By the way, in your mind do you think Dufour builds a better rudder
support structure than Beneteau or are they about the same??
He does not believe, he says it and that opinion has been reinforced by the opinion of a member
with a charter fleet (with Dufours) that says about the same.
I believe their opinions are qualified and I have no reason to doubt but I don't believe that the difference in quality will be huge.
Yes I do like the design of several Dufours as main market mass production boats, compared with other similar designs. One thing is the boat design another is the boat built. Many times it is the builder
that tells the designer
how they want the boat to be built. By design here I am not referring to the boat engineering but to hull
design, rig design, cabin
design and interior
No, I don't believe they use the same rudder structure Beneteau uses (at least the last one that I sailed for two weeks, a 425) but they use the same building hull
method (moule and contre moule) as well as an integral support for the keel
( a matrix). By the way on that 425 the ladder support broke and the GRP was so thin there that I wondered how it had resisted so long. It was a new charter boat (4 months). The 425 sailed very well and I liked a lot of things on that boat.