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Beneteau Oceanis 351
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5 12224 Thu October 25, 2012
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100% of reviewers $88,000.00 9.0












Description: Beneteau Oceanis 351
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon March 31, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Oceanis 351 is well designed for the cruising sailor. It's especially suited for sailing short handed with all lines leading to the cockpit. For a 35 foot boat it has lots of room inside. The roller furling main and jib make sail handling a breeze.
Its weaknesses are: 1.It's extremely weight sensitive making storage a problem. 2.It's under powered with the Yanmar 27 hp engine
Overall the Oceanis 351 is a fine boat for cruising.
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Review Date: Thu April 1, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned a Beneteau Oceanis 351 since the year of introduction...1994. The roomy interior has been wonderful and and the cockpit dry. Best feature is the furling main; a great comfort to old shoulders in heavy winds. Performance is good considering the weak mainsail design. It is a light weight boat with some sensitivity. Price/Value is good and the boat is very user friendly. Major problem is Beneteau warranty service; have been unable to get repairs over the past several years for voids in cockpit fiberglass,the keel finish bubbled/peeled after only three months in fresh water, and the BWS coating did not prevent blistering of the rudder within two seasons...... all of which Beneteau refused responsibility and warranty coverage.


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otiseng
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Registered: April 2003
Review Date: Thu April 3, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am selling my Beneteau to move up to a bigger boat. I have many upgrades including, CruiseAir AC/Heating, Alden Barber Refrigerator, new dodger 2000, large bimini, main sail reconditioned 2000, repainted all lockers, installed backing plates on all deck hardware, refinished all teak 2002, only 200 hours on 30 HP Yanmar!, new batteries 2001, cleaned hull and repainted every year, many more items to list, asking $95,000 call 703-624-5917
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Review Date: Tue September 16, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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When we bought our Beneteau Oceanis 351, we had never owned a boat. The choice was perfect for a middle-aged couple with a yen for adventure (him) and a high comfort/safety factor (me.) The in-mast furling means no deck dancing on rough seas; the queen berth meant we weren't cramped, at 6'1" and 5'7" each; the galley with a horizon view meant no-one wallowed in self-pity doing duty below; and the great sailing ability saw us getting 7 knots in good winds and surfing at close to 10, way above the advertised hull speed. The downside is a sloggy attitude in light winds. If we were redesigning this boat for offshore, I'd want a cutter stayclip on the foredeck; we'd sacrifice some room in the huge cockpit for better engine access and give up some of the enormous locker space for more headroom in the aft cabin. More of the large salon could usefully be devoted to the nav station--esp. chart stowage. We fitted screens on hatches and companionway, and the manufactured ones for the ports are better than our homemades--it would be great to see these on all openings. Here in the Pacific Northwest it's not mozzies but moths, for those of us who read aberth. We especially like: the aluminium toerail, for tying things down; the really solid feel the boat has in rough seas (Beneteau grid structure prevents oilcanning). We'd add: a midship cleat for breast line s'handed docking; a preventer; a couple of winches for a cutter rig; a better seal on the head door for showering. I can't imagine a better first boat experience.
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davmarwood
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Registered: January 2008
Location: West Chester, PA
Posts: 42
Review Date: Thu October 25, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $88,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: large cockpit, interior space, ease of singlehanding
Cons: no winch near helm - only two on cabin top

Since 1997 we have owned a 1998 Beneteau 352, the nearly identical successor to the 351. The differences are mainly cosmetic, especially in the interior cabinetry which features arched cabinet doors with caned inserts - very classy! Also, the 352 has a Yanmar 3GM30 while the 351, I believe, has a Perkins. Both have the same hull & topside. We have used it in the Upper Chesapeake for 5 seasons (1700 nautical miles) with great satisfaction. It sails well to weather even with the furling main, and is easy to back into a tight slip once you get the hang of it. It was a great experience for our first cruising boat. We have been out in 28 knots and after furling sails she handled it well - better than the humans!
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