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Re: Beneteau Oceanis vs First
We have an older First--1986. Some details on the boat are given commencing on page 34 at Southwinds
. We do not consider cruising on HyLyte "roughing it".
I think there's been a shift in the 'First' focus in the last few years over what was produced in the 80s.. The older boats were racier designs with better deck gear but otherwise fit and finish was standard Beneteau - hulls were not as shallow and light as the current crop so the cruising aspects didn't suffer.
Now I think there's a considerable difference in the Oceanus vs 'Firsts' in hull shapes and weights, leading to a 'racier' First, or more contrast between the two, if you will...
But still, I don't think any 'First' series boat would qualify as a 'stripped out racer'. They are certainly 'cruisable' but you're not going to load 2 months worth of groceries and keep them frozen on a First....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
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