I actualy like 'Bendytoys' they are bang for the buck and the Oceanis
50's I have been on are not too badly built but then they were not the charter
version. However, they are not as well built as traditional 'offshore' boats so you have to be conservative and be careful of weather
windows which is why they were never on my possible boats to buy list; I would not want to be on one in the Gulf Stream
in a winter northerly.
The charter boats I have sailed never have deep enough reefs
in the main, so unless she has roller furling
on the main I would add a very deep third reef (my boat
actually as a 4th reef instead of a trisail, 125 sq ft on a 25 ton boat
. It is good up to 50+ knots) and I would have a storm jib
, a 'gale sail' from ATN is easier to fly than a traditional storm jib
unless she as an inner forestay. If you have money
to burn you could add an inner forestay and running backs so that you can fly a staysail...I love mine and fly it deeply reefed up to 45 knots instead of the storm jib
and the time my back stay broke the running back helped keep the rig up.
The most important thing is that you have the skills to handle her offshore (by skills I mean being able to bang in the third reef at night in a 40 knot
rain squall in less than 5 minutes or in the same weather
being able to go forward and sort out a jammed roller furler
with the jib
and the sheets
beating you to death) reef early and be conservative! Oh, and Bermuda
is lovely in May but visiting it in winter or hurricane
season is only asking for trouble.