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Fountaine pajot venezia 42
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Review Date: Tue August 12, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I think the F-P line of cats are great to charter for a week or two in warms, sunny climes. I owned a Venezia, which I purchased new, and found the contruction to be below expectations. As well, the 'support' from the factory and the west coast sales rep was not satisfactory. If you're thinkng of ownership, you should expect hull delams, many cracks and voids in the fg deck, rudder problems including water in the spade and pit corrosion of the rudder post due to bearing seizure. The gel on the topsides is applied thinly and unevenly leaving a very poor finish after only a couple of years. Interior fit and finish is equally sloppy.

On the plus side, you will attract visitors and admirers and will never be at a loss for crew. The Venezia sails very well and is easy to handle in most conditions.

Personally, I would not buy another F-P, though I don't think F-P is very different in terms of construction quality than the other French builders. For instance, Catana and Lagoon I believe also use JP3 for their rudder systems. Catanas have bad bottoms and are notorious for delams, too.

You may want to consider a fast, well-built monohull - you will not lose speed as a fast monohull of similar length will perform as well on most points and better on some. You will have less space and you will heel, those are the tradoffs. Leave the charter cats to the charter companies who can write-off the depreciation and then sell a used up 5 year-old vessel to some unsuspecting soul.

Good luck, fair winds!
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