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post #5 of Old 09-29-2012
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Re: Beneteau Oceanis vs First

The short reply is that there is little difference in build quality between the Firsts and other, more cruising oriented, boats. That said, because the Firsts are intended for racing, at least a part of the time, they may be somewhat more heavily constructed for a given size range as they are expected to endure more rigorous demands--and they do. As for differences in "amenities", the lines are comparable but the First do have somewhat less beam, and accordingly storage, as they are more performance oriented. A race crew will easily carry on in conditions that might have a cruising crew heaving too, hence the racing yacht will be subjected to greater demands. That said, for a crew of two, the Firsts really have all the amenities a couple could want, at least in my view. For a perspective on cruising a First, have a look at Sailing with Ocean Angel, our close friends and neighbors cruising a sister ship to ours.

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