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Old 12-17-2011
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The Catalina 445 and the Benetau 41 are very different boats. One is a 40ft boat with 8450kg and 83.3 m2 of sail the other a 43.3ft boat with 10 659kg and 94.8m2.

The cockpit of the Benetau 41 has the space of a 45ft but that does not make it in one and that huge bath platform has no comparison but the truth is that they are different boats in what regards sailing.

the hulls are also very different and will have a different performance but that is just a detail. First of all you have to decide if you want a 40ft with 8450kg or a 43ft with 10 659Kg If you sail alone with your wife, the 40 ft would be probably more adequate. If you sail with a crew than the 445 would not be a problem.

Anyway if you are going to buy a new Benetau 41 don't buy one of the existent boats. They are going to lower the boom in 20cm and that's an important alteration in what regards easy of use.

I had been inside the boat and I have read several boat tests about it and I think I have some information about the boat. I will post tomorrow about it on the interesting boat thread.

Regards

Paulo
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