Got to agree with that last post, you will find good and bad in all boats and it kinda depends on how the person treats thier personal property.
The wife and I performed an unspeakable act as said by some racers by turning our 1983 First 42 into a Full fledged Cruiser, solar pannels, windcharger, and more gel cell batteries than you can carry in a normal pickup at one time.
And for the past 6 years we've been sailing the waters from the North West to Mexico and with this last big retro-fit which included, my wifes best friend, a spectra watermaker, we're now ready to leave for a 5 year trip around the world..
Mine is equepted with a deep keel and a tall rig and there's times we use every bit of it. and the speeds, I've seen speeds that would make you call me a liar and all the time, a velvet touch control.
Those that own a First 42 know of what I'm speaking..
Dont put the Beneteau down because of a few
you've seen that have been mistreated, and take the time to check out the First 38 and 42.