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Thoughts on new Beneteau Oceanis 40
I am planning on buying a sailboat for some coastal cruising around the Mediterranean Sea this summer. I have helped a cousin crew his 50 foot boat before and enjoyed the experience so much that I would now like to buy my own boat to sail with my family. The longest trip I expect to
make would be about a week.
Right now I have my eye on the new Beneteau Oceanis 40 and was wondering if anyone knows someone who has bought one or has any helpful comments. I have been searching the internet for the last few months for comments about the boat but have been having alot of trouble finding anything because it is such a new model. Should I concerned about initial problems with a brand new design? Any thoughts on how this would compare to the Oceanis 423? Finally, how difficult is it to deal with a standard non-furling mainsail if you have electric winches to help out? Right now I am leaning towards a furling design to simplify handling the boat and wanted to know if the time spent learning to use the standard mainsail would be worth the added performance benefits.
I have looked at other models as well and think that based on the price, features and design, the beneteau would be the best choice. The broker has sent me a quote for about $175,000 with all the options I want.
Thanks for your help. I know there are alot of questions within this post but I am glad that I finally found a place to get some answers that are not from a salesman.