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post #2 of Old 02-23-2004
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2004 Hunter 33

My wife and I have chartered a shoal draft Beneteau 331. We sailed and anchored the Alabama Gulf Coast. Is this the boat you are asking about?
I think a complete answer depends on how you intend to use it. For near coastal use, day sailing ... anchoring in protected waters (the Alabama estuaries create some beautiful inlets and bays) ... lots of room for relaxing, on deck and below (I would prefer less room in the cockpit for extended offshore work)... this is a good boat. It was a comfortable high performance, responsive "feel" sailing in 18 kts. ... I liked the stability. The boat we now own pitches (not quite hobbyhorsing) too much in choppy conditions. The 331 has a comfortable motion.
We liked the Beneteau layout and general quality.
Mark L.
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