I hear ya...no matter what people say...its just another item that needs to be maintained. No matter how well the original manufacturer tried to protect it, it will inevitably need attention.....and you can''t just do a quick paint job, ya gotta do a really good grind, epoxy, fair and then paint.
I just got back from a Beneteau dealer (they had 1 sailboat at the Norwalk boat show and he was it.....they are saving the sailboats for next weeks NY/NJ Sail Expo). Then I asked the dealer what options they have....he showed me ONLY the beneteau 331 had the Shoal Lead Keel option !! (30 footers all the way up to the 473)
Thats nuts....(not to mention that the Beneteaus are now only coming with plastic floors....I asked if i couls get teak and holley as an option and he looked and he said it didn''t look like it !?!
I understand Beneteau trying to cut costs, but not giving the option for a lead keel nor the nicer floor seems shortsighted