Originally Posted by cyclepro
OK Jeff, I looked at a couple of 35s5 and 38s5. The latter seem to be out of my financial range (unless I purchase
one on Florida
and have it shipped to SF for another $8,000 to $9,000!)
So, I seatrialed a 35s5 which was readily available in San Francisco
and I loved it! The survey
came out good with some minor dings (mostly cosmetic stuff) and she is now being bottompainted at my expense! i.e. I am a happy 35s5 owner.
I was really impressed with the ability to trim this boat in such a way that she didn't need someone holding the wheel
Again, thanks for that sound advice. (although, I don't understand why they would use regular steel
washers for the ss keelbolts/nuts)
Congratulations! I just found this thread, otherwise I would have commented earlier. I became the owner of a Beneteau Idylle 11.5 recently. For Beneteau the Idylle series (4 different sizes) was relatively short-lived.. early/mid 1980's.. they are really cruisers that appear to be adapted from the First line... different keels and deckhouses, but otherwise very similar. For example mine looks exactly like a First 37.5 down below, and I think the hull
shape is identical. I believe Berrett designed both the Idylle series and the Firsts.
Anyway, I would have never considered owning a Beneteau until I became aware of this particular boat. The price
was too good to pass up, and the photos/description looked great, so I looked it over and was very impressed... made an offer on the spot, subject to survey. I need to spend some $$ to repair some structural issues, and it will eventually need a bottom job, but I will still come out way ahead.
I am very impressed with Beneteau... they design and build great boats and their after sale
support is wonderful. They helped me out a lot and my boat was built in 1984!! Relative to Hunter
, they are superior, IMO.... who is the fourth of the "Big Four" by the way?
Good decision on passing up the Florida boats, by the way.... many Florida boats have blister problems.
On the keelboats/washers... mine are in great shape, but I asked my surveyor
about them and he said, don't worry... once cast iron keels are bolted on, they never come off (assuming no severe groundings, of course). Lead keels are a different story, evidently... need to be more carefully monitored. And you can always put in additional keelbolts.. not very difficult at all.