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Beneteau 345

Update on this thread: We were able to sea-trial this boat in 14 knot breezes. With a reef in and partial jib it reached at 6 knots (the boat is fast). Wiring and batteries is eccentric in layout but not without logic. Volvo 28 hp rawwater cooled engine ran well. Headroom is about 5''10". Cabin layout is excellent. No shower, no hotwater source. Decks are clear and easy to move around on, which is good because all 3 reefs go in at the base of mast and not from the cockpit. Small dodger and bridgedeck requires a technique to go below, but OK. The best part of all on this boat was the tiller steering and the traveller right in front of the helmsman--once on course, you can instantly tweak to keep your momentum. I think I just bought another boat.
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