I have a 46 foot Beneteau (2007) which is exactly the same boat as the 49. It is comfortable, stable, fuel efficient, fast, turns quickly and with a bow thruster a almost single handed boat. I am very happy with every aspect of it and very glad that I bought it. Sails GREAT!!!!!!
It lives in the Seattle area and sails in the waters of the sound and straits of Georgia. Does very well in many conditions.
I got a three bedroom set up as that is what works for us. Even if you don't need it that is definitely the way to go if given a choice. The two bedroom model has sat at the Beneteau dealer's dock for two years.
With 8 people all sitting in the back while under sail there is still room to get around and handle lines. That is nice not to trip over people.
Very comfortable, nice, and responsive!