Re: Beneteau Oceanis vs First
We have friends (a couple in their 60s) cruising Grenada to Antigua each winter on their B First 36.7. They live simply and don't miss/need the amenities offered in the Oceanus series. They sail fast, mostly heavily reefed, and often a bit wet in the trades between islands. They have a blast, but are definitely in the minority looking at the typical boats cruising the region. The 36.7 has stood the test for the last 8 years without any issues.
There will be more comfort in the Oceanus.. less performance too.. so it's up to the priorities....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)