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Originally Posted by NewportNewbie View Post
.... In fact Beneteau says its a Performance Cruiser that you can race, not a Racer that can cruise. ....
Can you spell M-A-R-K-E-T-I-N-G??

Originally Posted by NewportNewbie View Post
.....Another reason I like this boat is the tiller...I like a tiller and prefer it to a wheel...especially for singlehanded sailing...not many cruising boats have tillers...
I think a tiller is only easier singlehanding of all the sail controls and winches are within reach so that you can steer with the tiller between your knees.. Not sure that applies here..

With a wheel and a wheel brake you can lock the helm much easier with a wheel and attend to these various chores more easily - even without an autohelm.

I think the First 30 is probably a really fun ride and a tolerable cruiser.. but I'm not so sure it's going to be THAT much different in 20 knots from a comfort perspective.. You're smart to want to get a ride, and hopefully you can arrange that before you multiply your investment by a factor of 5 or 6 and still end up sailing alone....

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