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Old 05-22-2011
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We went through a similar decision making process deciding between a 1988 Sabre and a 2001 Beneteau. We ended up buying the Beneteau. Sometimes we wonder if we made the right decision, but the jury is still out. Here are some of the negatives we've discovered about the Beneteau:
  • A grid is used instead of conventional construction and you can't inspect the hull beneath the grid. Also water tends to collect under the grid and the limber holes are not well placed to allow the water to drain to the sump with bilge pump
  • In 5 foot plus seas the bow tends to slam down off of waves making a huge noise with very large shock
  • One cannot safely walk through salon while underway since there are no handholds along the centerline (or close to it)
  • No lee cloths
  • Terrible access to wiring for adding things and/or replacing existing (corroded) wires
  • Very large cockpit with insufficient handholds
The positives are:
  • Much newer boat with good spars and standing rigging
  • Much more space for entertaining
  • Nice swim platform (sugar scoop)
Basically, the Beneteau is not optimized for making offshore passages, but is very nice for entertaining at the dock (or coastal sailing). The opposite would be true of Sabre. Therefore, it all comes down to how you plan to use the boat. Since we are now getting older and plan to spend more time at marinas, we do not necessarily regret our decision.
Pete
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