Originally Posted by Talbot
The biggest problem is the flat bottom, when working to windward in bad weather
, they tend to pound badly. In really bad weather
this can get to the point where the hull
flexing can destroy the furnishings inside the boat.
They are also rigged for light winds, which gives them great performance in light winds, but can create problems, especially when the hulls flex as well. This can lead to mast
pumping and eventual rig failure. I know of one which ripped out the bow forestay fitting inmid atlantic. By great good fortune the skipper
was able to get the genoa halyard
and spinnaker halyard
rigged as an emergency
forestay and save the rig.
Given luck and great care there is no major problem, but dont push hard in bad weather.
Personally a bene is a nice boat, but it is a bit short of the correct number of hulls
What boat are you talking about??? I've never seen a bene with a flat bottom except the new attempt at cats I hear their doing in France
but not the US ..or as I understand not in the US manufacture loop yet.
I've hit the Christmas
Winds and seas head
on in a Bene 36 attempting to make a Christmas
Party in the outside and in SFD channel area of the US Virgins and BVI. I was making way while most cats were running for cover and only mono hulls were out, most bigger than my boat. I did have a fuel
gunk problem develop but that is not structure related, just lack of a good flush for too many years.
While I would not care to run the Cape Horn in any boat including a Bene, for short of the 40/40 cruising it has prove to be a good boat. Thousands of them out and about every day with great track records. Not sure I would depend on a single
boat report to brand thousands of others as bad. Have you ever sailed one?