If you'd like an opinion on things BENE let me know. We have a 2000 Bene 36CC, and we LOVE IT!!! We are finishing outfitting the boat completely and will soon be done with the final touches. I know the boat inside and out, every knook and cranny, and also the build and contstruction of the boat (France built ours). My personal opinion ours is built like a tank. We've seen winds in excess of 55 offshore
roughly 150 miles, I realize to all you armchair salts that's not far, but its far enough to get a generalization. Crossing back from Bahamas
last winter we saw 45+ for 5 hours in the gulfstream, haystacking roughly 10+, not for a second was I concerned. Just sat behind the dodger
and listened to my ipod and read, nice and dry. I can give you any specs or detailed pics you'd like. Haven't crossed an ocean on her bottom yet, but thats coming real soon.
Charter boat (you'd be throwing money
away and lose your ass in "most" cases) Have you ever chartered before? Boats 3 years old are already beat to **** in the fleets.
range for an unequipped boat is extremely high. You should be able to pick up something decent with some equip for under 65k.
If you have anything specific just feel free to let me know and I'd be more than happy to help you out... If you'd like to sail our boat sometime, make it to St Augustine,FL and I'd be more than happy to take you out in any conditions. and if you'd like to see how the boat performs on high winds and waves I'll try and get some vids put online...