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Oceanis 43 vs Sun Odyssey 44i
Hello, I hope you don't mind a newbie diving straight in and asking for help.
I know Beneteau v Jeanneau is the oldest of old chestnuts... Nevertheless, we have an opportunity to buy one of other of these boats through a charter company ownership deal. We are fully aware of the "cost" side of production boats operating on charter, but effectively deferring running costs for 5 years works for us financially and, above all, gives us the opportunity to advance our life(style) plans by at least 5-10 years.
The very long term dream is to spend 6 months of the year on a/the yacht and 6 months in the mountains. Short-term, a few weeks a year is all we can manage anyway, and medium-term, a month or 2 at a time is conceivable. We would want to be based in the Med, but with the ability to head to the Canaries/Madeira occasionally or even a once-in-a-blue-moon transat, so in terms of usage a production boat should do everything we want.
So, given the rambling above, I was wondering whether anyone has any experience of either of these two fairly new models (or indeed their predecessors)? We have the opportunity to view both this weekend so will be able to have a look at initial build quality for ourselves, realising they've not been around long enough yet to have a built up a history of durability or otherwise... Many thanks in advance for any thoughts!