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Old 02-11-2009
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I have sailed on both a Bene First 51' (for 400 nm offshore) and a Bene 505 of which NEITHER had a bow thruster. Slow and steady usually wins the race when docking, with some practice.
Having never had in mast main sail furling I am not a fan of it, perhaps without good reason. If it ever jams in a real blow you are in worse shape then with a traditional set up with Lazy Jacks.
Have you thought about having Radar on the boat for when it gets a bit foggy out on LIS (and you know it does)?
It will be your boat so I hope that all your extra gear provides you with the safety and comfort you desire.
Changing the engine oil is not all that difficult either.
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