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Old 11-27-2009
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Proud owner of 10 year old 381.
We love her and she sails and shows great!

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Originally Posted by WHOOSH View Post
I don't mean to be negative about this particular brand, but I'd suggest that another good source on Beneteau products are boat yards, particularly large ones in areas where Beneteaus sell well.

One of the sillier suggestions I've seen in quite a while. Maybe one should visit the wreckers or body shops or garages before buying a new car. A good surveyor, knowledgeable in modern boats, might be helpful but hanging around boatyards getting what would, in all likelihood, amount to second-hand and probably incomplete information is a waste of time.
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Beneteau Oceanis 43 power winch

Hello. I own a B oceanis 43. I will be installing a power winch kit to the mail sail winch and possibly to the genoa winch. I was wondering of if I should buy the vertical or the horizontal motor options. Any feedback would be highly useful. Thanks. T
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I have seen two rudder post problems of loose banging and leakage. Beneteau 411 and a first 47.7 Have others seen this problem and how was it solved?
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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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