Originally Posted by ToddMc
I am new to the sailing scene and am just drawn to the new/modern looks (I am sure i will get beat up for that comment)lol and the ease of single
handed sailing of the oceanis
35 where it all is at a hands reach. I know there is alot of craftsmanship and history
with alot of sailboats and I am not knocking that at all. Some of them are true works of art. I am sure ALL sailboats have their problems, but if they were all serious there wouldnt be that many around or wouldn't stay in business. We are in the position to spend around 150K for a cruiser. Dont want to go above forty ft. (just for ease of sailing). In the looking phase now. IF ANYONE WANTS TO STEER ME IN A CERTAIN DIRECTION THAT WOULD BE GREAT. LOL
I guess Beneteau is the first one that has caught my eye. And really have not heard much bad about them.
If you want guidance, there's enough knowledge in the below post via it's links for you to self-educate so that you can well select the proper boat. Or rather, candidate boats. As you'll wind
up generating a list of the criteria that are "Must Haves" in your boat, along with "Nice to Haves", & from there you'll use it to generate your list of candidates. http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ml#post2206710
As I "warned" the couple in the post, it's a LOT of information. But if you're wanting to do diligent research
based on expert advice
in boat selection, it's more than worth digesting a lot of it. Especially as some of the links are to the websites of experts who specialize in assisting people in choosing boats for cruising.
Also, Ann & Jim Cate recently posted their own (old) "Must Have" boat features list. It's quite good, & is similar to mine. Which, between the 3 of us there's well over a century of sailing experience, so you might take a look at it.
As to Beneteaus, their issues & quality glitches have been well covered here on CF. And a couple of targeted searches will turn up way more than you want to read. Their cousins, the Jeanneaus, seem to be a bit better, knock on wood
. Though you'd be wise to do a bit of study on any boat that's a serious candidate for you.
Some of why certain brands are popular has to do with what you get for a price
. And they're usually built, or rather styled, towards folks who know less about sailing, & proper boat construction. Plus they're popular with charter
fleets for similar reasons, & than many such designs are subsidized. So that they're even cheaper yet for the builders to produce. Which, for example, is why there are so many French catamarans in charter
fleets around the world. And why such boats so influence/influenced catamaran
development & sales.
Generally such mass production, floating condos (mono & multihull) see structural issues very early in their lives as compared to older designs, & quality built boats. Sometimes starting on day 1, sadly.