New Beneteau Designs - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 09-20-2007 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
New Beneteau Designs

Have you seen the new Beneteau designs??

For what it's worth, it is my opinion that they have cheapened the models with faux interior materials and lesser detailing.

I own an OC 381 with cane paneled interior doors on the cabinets, real wood interior flooring, real wood panelling etc etc.

The newer models seem to be finished with melmalineand other synthetics.

What say you all ??
eragbag is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 11-05-2007
Member
 
avazquez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 87
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
I agree...

I have a First 456 from the 80's. I went to see the Beneteaus at the Miami Boat Show, it was a total disapointment. Mine looks like a real ship compared to the plasticky look of the new models.
avazquez is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 6 Old 11-05-2007
Hitchin' a ride
 
bestfriend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In my mind, I live in Oslo
Posts: 3,191
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 11
     
I was just going to say that I would rather buy and older 456 and fix it up. Even the 45f5 is better looking, not sure how it sails though. Not sure if the poster is still around, taking a closer look.

Great men always have too much sail up. - Christopher Buckley


Vaya con Dios
bestfriend is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 6 Old 11-05-2007
Just another Moderator
 
Faster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 16,518
Thanks: 104
Thanked 309 Times in 299 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Yeah, the OP was a while ago.

But anyway we attended a boat show recently with these new Benes, the 49, 40 included, and also found the interiors austere, non-nautical and far too wide open. In addition, the wide cabin house, while low for visibility and sight lines, meant the side decks were much narrower than our 34 footer's for passage forward.

Did not like the squared off doors/passageways, the "modern condo" look, but the volume is impressive and there's tons of "space" - without tons of storage.

It was actually kind of gratifying to leave the dock that day and both my wife and I feeling that "our little boat's not so bad".
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 6 Old 11-05-2007
Member
 
avazquez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 87
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Yeah, the OP was a while ago.


It was actually kind of gratifying to leave the dock that day and both my wife and I feeling that "our little boat's not so bad".
Same thing happened to us after looking at all the newer designs and materials used. We left loving our Frers 456 a lot more. For the amount of money we have invested here and still be able to beat most newer Beneteaus (at triple the price) we just have one thing left to do: Give her more TLC.
avazquez is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 6 Old 11-05-2007
.
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 10,851
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 13
         
Avasquez, I already told you I know your vintage Beneteau very well. And these are the ones I like.

That's the real Beneteau form when Beneteau was Beneteau..and it meant something...from there, its been a downhill ride caused by the loss of a market niche, buying of other comeptitor brands, less sailing more in marina type sailor demand, and more important..agressive marketing and product placement from other brands, such as German, Italian and even French.

I believe the Coup de Grāce, for quality started in 1993 to 1995, when the First 45 f5 series had to be completely recalled due to osmosis syndrome...

Then the agressive penetration in US market, etc.....

NOw add to this a bunch of "weirdos" atelier de BS designers for the interiors...and the line for doom is traced....they will recover, but very hard and atr a great cost...

Beneteau is losing ground, it will never conquer again.

Cherish your boat, and watch the thru hull carefully...
Giulietta is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Beneteau Attitude Suck for You? gtsusa Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10 4 Weeks Ago 10:43 PM
The legacy of Philip Rhodes GoodOldBoat Good Old Boat 25 12-14-2012 07:34 PM
Club Beneteau Florida Invitation Jeffrey123 Gear & Maintenance 0 09-11-2004 12:42 PM
The Beneteau 361 Micca Hutchins Buying a Boat Articles 0 10-07-1999 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome