Originally Posted by Chef to Sail
How do you like your Beneteau?
I am having the boat completely checked out in about a month or so.
I probably would be shot if I hijacked this thread.... but ....
Ours is great
Get a surveyor
who has done a coupla Beneteaus (they all have) and they will be able to spot any problems.
Look under the floorboards fore and aft of the keel
and see if theres any fiberglass
splintering there that may indicate the boat has been on the rocks - a surveyor
will show you.
You can send a sample of engine oil
to a lab in the USA for about US$30 and they will tell you if the engine
is fried. I think that is a great investment.
Sail it hard close hauled with the plotter on and then tack and see what you are doing on the other close hauled tack. Your surveyor will be on the test with you so discuss why it doesn't point well - sails
old, poor rig, design, etc.
Check every gadget fully to make sure it works. e.g the shore power water
heater... cost a coupla hundred for a new one if it doesnt work etc.
They are great boats and while some will be looking down their snout at your production boat you will be able to spread out in the huge cockpit
, have lots of friends in the huge saloon
and find a bed
where two can actually do some smoochin!
All the best