I looked at them 3 years ago, when I was hot on the trail of my boat. There was one for sale
on the Chesapeake.
The boat looks like a Stiletto on stearoids, or like a less expensive Edel 35. Like the Edel and the Stiletto, it uses heavy duty aluminum
tubes to hold the three main pieces together. The lines looked good, and the cockpit
and the salon
appealed to me. Dual steering
stations makes it look serious. The hulls were narrow, so of course the bunks are narrow as well. The kitchen is in the stern of the starboard hull
. With a tiny sink and little space for storage
, I would not call it a long range cruiser. Electrical
and cabling hang down under the cockpit
before entering the hulls, and the clearance below the cockpit to the water
seemed way too little to me. Fluids tanks
were terribly small, to my recollection.
Communication with Beneteau
resulted in a photocopied brochure and assurances that the designer
intended it to be sturdy enough for ocean travel.
The one I looked at had all the interior
lining failing, drooping into the living areas or already removed. The solar
rays had played havoc with the acrylic
windows, and I imagine it might be a chore finding replacements
Still, probably a fun boat for the Chesapeake, for large rivers and bays, and for medium-sized lakes. Likely to be fun and fast everywhere but a lumpy seaway. (Be aware that I didn't get out on it) Wasn't what I was looking for, though. I had owned a Stiletto, and was looking for a cruiser. Bought a Tobago
35 a year ago.
Where and how do you plan to use what you are looking for?
Oh, and welcome aboard. I find these people interesting, helpful, and friendly.