Glad I found Sailnet
Join Date: Jul 2008
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Beneteaus sell more boats than anyone else. Statictically there will be more *anywhere*, including at boat yards. According to the tri-data, our 10 year old Beneteau 505 has loggged 16,000+ nautical miles and shows well. Engine has 5,000 hours still runs strong. Windlass needed repairing (Lofrans, great quality, an internal spring broke). She was in the Mooring fleet, so you know she saw some real service.
I'm really glad I found her and that some other buyer didn't swoop her up before I had a chance to buy her. My surveyor said to buy her too. (He looked very wistful as she was being hauled for inspection and cleaning.)
Besides being a Beneteau fan, I'm also a "production" fan. Hondas break a lot less than Ferraris because they build so many of them, over time they know what to do, what works and what doesn't, for a very reasonable price. If funds were no object, I would buy a Ferarri, but I'd still have a production car for regular, all-around use. I suppose my point with "production" is that you get a lot for your money.
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