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Old 11-20-2007
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Question Beneteau Oceanis 36CC Upgrades


We have recently (today!) purchased an Oceanis 36CC to cruise the Clyde and West Coast of Scotland initially and then further afield.

I would appreciate any advice or comments on proposed upgrades to the boat.

1) The standard 36CC does not seem to have a properly situated anchor cleat and many owners report retrofitting a cleat to the foredeck. Any advice or tips ? Do Beneteau have a recommendation?

2) Any advice on fitting an emergency forestay?

3) Can fittings and blocks be fitted for a cruising chute?

4) There seems to be a lot of mixed comment (good and bad) about the seaworthyness of these boats, can any owners report on good experiences?

Thanking you

John M.
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Beneteau 36CC upgrades etc

I have a 36CC and have found the following, which should help.

1) The anchor cleat you mention is a problem with most new production boats.The way around it is to by a anchor chain hook and splice 2 ropes on it.Take each of these ropes to the two front cleats then allow the chain to run out slightly so that the tension is taken by the ropes and not your windlass.

2)The cruising chute is easily fitted.Simply connect a D shackle to the front of the stainless bow roller and connect a pulley which is used as your down haul.A Spi halyard is also needed and your sorted.I fitted an additional jammer on the deck to take the down haul.

3)Seaworthyness-unlike most modern boats she has a 35% ballast ratio and an excellent stability curve.She is somewhere in the middle ground between a normal production boat and a heavier Halberg Rassey, and this is true for her performance also.Always good to be somewhere in the middle though!
Hope this helps.
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