Re: 45' + blue water cruiser
Nice problem to have!!
FWIW at last year's boat show we much preferred the C445 over the Bene.... but we weren't looking at the 55... big difference in that 10 feet!!
Sad to say especially as a Bendy owner, but I could not recommend anything they have built since around 2008; anything after the three numbered Oceanis Models; 473, 393, etc. They MIGHT be coming back around to some better looking lines, but now they have started with the Fiber Glass Arch. It does not look "Too" bad on the larger models, but I hate the look on the Mid-Forty Footers. It reminds me of those spoilers you see on Power Boats.
The First Series is an entirely different animal.
Courtney is My Hero
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White