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Re: Lets choose SmackDaddy's new boat...
OKAY - FINE, I love the Hunter!!! Are you happy now, Med???
Seriously, here's the calculus. If it were just me, or just me and the boys, I'd buy the Bene First in a heart beat. No doubt. It's a better boat all-round - one that could take us anywhere on the planet we wanted to go.
BUT, we're not going to be doing a circ, and likely won't be doing a major crossing. We're just going to be cruising - having fun - and spending a good deal of time at anchor.
More importantly, I really want to get my family and friends into it with us. As far as accommodations, both the kids and the f/f will like the Hunter interior more than they'll like the Bene interior. It's just bigger and "nicer". And I can live with and/or address the "seamanship" issues with the interior. (Plus I seriously don't want to deal with that damn headliner issue - or the red sinks - on the Bene.)
So, take that along with the 104 PHRF and the price point - and I think it's a hell of a good compromise boat. Also, Jeff doesn't hate it - that goes a long way with me.
Finally, if I do buy it, I can come back here and kick butt on all the Benehunterlina-hating Nancies. That's worth the price of admission right there.