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Old 20-02-2016, 23:10   #1
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New starter first boat advice

Any one had cruising experience on a Beneteau First 41s5. Looking at buying one. Cant seem to get any information or response from any one although over 200 people looked at my last post, but 0 response. I joined this forum to learn all I can about boat design before I buy and would love to hear your opinions and advice.

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Old 21-02-2016, 00:35   #2
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Re: New starter first boat advice

they sail well and have a good functional layout,though with the fin keel you do not want to hit the bottom at speed as this in many cases causes delamination of the lower inner grp frame that supports the keel and bulkheads,which is costly to repair.

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Old 21-02-2016, 13:20   #3
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Re: New starter first boat advice

[the delamination] is costly to repair
atoll is a master of understatement! Add in heartbreakingly to the "costly", or "extremely". I think it is in the thread called "Oyster Problems" that some of the boat repairer members of the forum have discussed what is necessary, and how much it costs, in case you're interested. Use the search function.

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Old 21-02-2016, 13:39   #4
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Re: New starter first boat advice

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:

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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 ).

Every single 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
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Old 21-02-2016, 15:29   #5
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Re: New starter first boat advice

Thanks so much for your opinion I was slowly coming to the same conclusion as I know this boat was originally sailed here from France and she has toured arround Asia. I have no real desire to test her out in the roaring forties and would rather wait for good conditions, I will never be in a hurry as I plan to spend my last 20 odd years (fingers crossed ) sailing around the fat part of the globe. Thanks again for your input.
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