Not sure where to start. I like the boat well enough to be looking at a major upgrade prior to retirement
. The build of the boat is tough as nails. It has the two main aluminum
crossbeams; one aft and one under the mast
, and a third lighter one forward. Kind of like a monster Hobie cat
. Keeps the boat very structurally stiff. I have seen minimal fiberglass
checking / crazing etc. The boat is actually made in three pieces; the two hull / cabin
structures and the main salon
. You could blow out the main salon
and the boat would still be rigid.
as far as going to weather
, she's a cat without boards. really not bad (35 degrees?) but don't plan on monohull
sailing angles. We routinely sail at 9-12 knots in a decent breeze, so we can make up for the angle.
I have had few major problems, but don't expect to get ANY help from Beneteau. The lexan
windows have been replaced once and are due again after 12(?) years. it's a problem for me as there is no one here who does any plastic work at all. The hardware
was all French and has been replaced as needed with Harken
and Ronstan; nothing weird.
She runs well under twin 20hp diesels, has 100 gallons of water in flex tanks
, plenty of storage
, great cockpit
. We sail to islands north of Guam
easily making 100 miles per day running as close to the wind
as we can. She does pound in a chop, can't really leave anything on the cabin table going to weather.
That's all I have time for right now, send me additional questions and I will respond as quickly as I can. If you want to talk on the phone
we can set that up too.