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post #8 of Old 08-18-2004
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Catalina, Beneteau, or What ?

The Beneteau ''number'' series, such as the 361, were targeted at a budget oriented marketplace. They lack the workmanship, robustness and nicer details of the ''First series'' which tend to offer better construction and sailing ability.

I would agree with you about the Tartan but would discourage anyone from seriously considering the Island Packet for anything more than a live aboard based on their poor sailing ability and detailing.

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Jeff
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