Welcome to CF, Harro.
I looked up your 1st topic on this boat (here
), and just as an FYI for next time: if you don't get any replies, a polite 'bumb' after a couple of days is usually better then opening a new topic
In your first topic, you wrote:
Originally Posted by Harro
Have an opertunity to buy Beneteau
First 41s5 with winged keel. I am wanting a nice live aboard for cruising. I don't know much about this design and I'm unsure if she will make a reliable cruiser. Anyone have any blue water
experience with this boat. Your opinion would be imost welcome.
As I wrote on another topic asking the exact same question on another Bene model: it wouldn't be my choice - due to my (lack of) taste I'm just not a huge Bene fan. But that is just a personal opinion, which has nothing to do with how well the boat would suit you.
My boat has a fin keel, and yes: run aground hard enough and that could
become a nasty issue, especially if you don't have it checked. Tho I can tell you from personal experience that a good installation
can take quite a hit (ask me how I know
make & model has it pros and cons, and if you ask 10 sailors what those are and how serious they are, you'll get 20 strong and very different opinions.
We all have our personal taste, priorities, needs & wants. What boat is best for you, only you know. Some people prefer monohulls, others want a cat. Some only want steel
, others love plastic or aluminium. Some only want a full keel for cruising, others happily cruise
around for years with a fin keel (and let's face it: it's not like they're falling off by the 100's).
You wrote: I'm unsure if she will make a reliable cruiser.
The answer is simple: what makes a boat a reliable cruiser in your eyes? Figure out what you(r family) want and need, and what your priorities are. YOU have to feel safe when sailing her, not the guy moored next to you.
Each year, hundreds of boats successfully cross oceans while there are probably 1000's of sailors who can tell you, for each and every boat sailing the planet, what's "wrong" with that boat and why they'd opt for something different