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post #1 of Old 04-20-2006 Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Bristol 47.7 & Beneteau

Wife and I been sailing for years and are now in market for 42 to 50' sailboat. Looking to sail blue water and live on board for a while after retrofitting. Not looking to set any speed records but do want something thats designed, built and moves well. Any thoughts on the Bristol 47.7, or other similiar year boats (later 80s & 90s). The larger 2000s Beneteaus seem to have depreciated the greatest and the best $ value. Is it availabilty/mass production or quality thats driving price down? Are the larger Bene still more of a coastal and charter cruisers? Willing to invest up to $300k and hard work when all done fitting out. Any thoughts and opinions on other models (swan, IP, gozzard, pearson, tartan, c&c, morgan etc) would be greatly appreciated !
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