you can look at my profile and take this all with a grain of salt
but I think the Tayanas have a lot going for them. In the 37, for example, depending on the layout (and it varies a fair amount), there can be quite a lot of room down below.
I have a couple of thoughts about Beneteaus, having sailed on a couple and looked at many more. And, I'm generalizing here ...
As relatively fast coastal cruisers or to pop down to the Caribbean
, you'd be hard-pressed to beat the Beneteaus, however ...
aside from their seakeeping abilities, which I have only second-hand info on (I've only sailed them in more-or-less ideal conditions), the interiors don't seem built all that well. This goes for their more upscale bretheren, the Jenneaus, too. The cabinetry fit is often pretty slap-dash and I just hate the ubiquitous headliners. In nearly every older Beneteau, deck leaks
(usually under the genoa
tracks), have brought down the headliner
inside. I have looked at probably a dozen older (10+ years) Beneteaus while out boat shopping
with friends. I could almost lay money
on this deck
leak/headliner problem before I set foot on the boat. That goes for a lot of other similarly designed boats, mind you. The good news, however, is that problem in theory should be fairly easy to fix.
(as compared to a major drawback on the Tayanas: as the infamous teak deck
problem, which is a costly and time consuming fix!)
and there's not much storage
on the Benes compared to say the Tayana especially, or the Irwins (which, admittedly, I know much less about) . If you're going to do some serious cruising, you'll want all the storage you can get. I also suspect that, fully loaded, the Beneteaus probably lose a lot of their inherent speed advantage vis-a-vis the others mentioned.
By contrast, the Tayana has a rock-solid waterline. When the water
tank is empty, for example, I can fill the 90 gallons (that's 720 lbs of water!) and the bootstripe barely moves. And, of course, the Tayana's ability to handle the rough stuff is legend.