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post #7 of Old 10-23-2013
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Re: Beneteau Oceanis 40 center cockpit

The base PHRF ratings are 126 for the 400CC, 117 for the 400AC, and 108 for the 411 - so not huge performance differences between them going by that.

We recently looked at a 400AC and a few 411's. The 400 is about 2,000 lbs heavier than the 411. I assume the hulls are similar and came out of the same mold. The 400 certainly feels heavier as the cabinetry and floorboards seem beefier, the fridge is lined with stainless steel instead of plastic as on the 411, and the fiberglass shower liners are more substantial/bulky. I'm actually surprised the PHRF difference is so small considering the weight difference.

We didn't look at any 400CCs but did see a 42CC. One thing I found odd about both is that they don't come standard with dynamically adjustable travelers - that would drive me nuts. The idea that CC boats don't perform well becomes a self fulfilling prophecy when basic performance gear is left off.

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Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30
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