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post #3 of Old 03-29-2003
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Beneteau differences

I agree with Jeff H. My perception of Beneteau quality in the Benehuntalina debate is based on my experience with the 1985 Beneteau First 325 that we owned for 9 years. I did not consider the typical Hunter or Catalina to be in the same class with the First Series Beneteau. Those that look down their noses at Beneteau really need to better understand the differentiation that Beneteau acheived in this line. The First 235, 285, 305, 325, 345, 405, 42, 435 and 456 were all excellent boats. All one has to do is read Ferenc Mate''s World''s Best Sailboats to understand the basis for this opinion.

J. Wagner
Charlevoix, MI
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