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I find it odd that Jeanneau would have better fiberglass than Beneteau, which is their parent company. I would highly suggest going to find another person to talk to about getting a boat. If he's going to lie about something as basic as the materials of the boat, do you think he is someone you want to trust or spend a lot of money with???
It would help if you said where you want to sail, and what kind of sailing you want to do. Buying a boat and then chartering it out to help pay for it really doesn't make sense if your real goal is to go bluewater voyaging... since most of the boats that are suitable for bluewater voyaging, aren't generally used as charter boats.
However, if you are going to go coastal cruising, which is really what most of the Beneteau, Jeanneau, Catalina and Sabre boats are best suited for... then that is another story entirely.
However, the wear and tear that occurs on a chartered boat is significantly higher, even with a decent maintenance program. Many people who charter boats are less experienced sailors. Also, they have less motivation for keeping the boat in good working order... since they do not own it.
Finally, the cabin layout for most boats in the charter business, once they get above 35' LOA, is a three-cabin layout. While this is good for the charter boat business, it may be less than optimal for use by a family or couple sailing the boat. The aft cabins in the three-cabin layout are much smaller than that of the two-cabin layout boat, with smaller berths and significantly less storage.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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