Re: What year does Beneteau start using a bridge?
The late model Oceanis uses the bridge. I don't particular like it. It seems that the mechanical advantage is almost non existence for the main sheet. Without a traveler, making it more difficultly to obtain sail shape.
Does anyone have any experience with this design, any pros and cons for this?
I ordered mine last year after seeing hull number one on the hard. Quite nervous until I saw a very positive review in Practical Sailor. This is my first boat without a traveler. Don't miss it.
Last boat was a Beneteau 473. Much prefer sailing the 41.
No problem with sail shape.
Boat sails flatter.
But it is what it is. Large, comfortable cockpit. Below feels bigger than a 41. Very easy to sail. As I said in a different thread, it's a coastal cruiser. Great for weekend and vacation sailing. No muss or fuss.
Sails well in winds up to 25 knots. Not yet been out in more.
Not a rtw boat, though. But perfect for just getting out and sailing.
I saw a similar Bavaria recently. Also very nice.