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Beneteau 311

I am considering buying an early 2000's Beneteau Oceanis 311 centerboard twin rudder version. I am looking to sail it from south Florida to the Bahamas a couple times a year. Is this a good choice for that as far as safety, stability, and performance? When we are not in the Bahamas it will mostly be used for coastal cruising up and down the Florida East coast and maybe to the Keys. I am also interested in some occasional recreational club races nothing to serious. Would this boat be a good fit?

I'd be interested in hearing any other thoughts on this boat as well.

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Not sure I would want to do cross gulf stream sailing with a centerboard especially given the prospective age of the boat.
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I think the boat would be fine for what you are planning. Looking forward to hearing for someone who has had experience sailing one. A centerboard in the keys would open up a lot of areas for you

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Re: Beneteau 311

I cant comment on the areas you plan to sail in but a 311 would be a good choice, I think beneteau used the 311 keel design for their Figaro raceing boats.
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Re: Beneteau 311

I know this is an old thread but I sail a B311 with the conventional fin keel and I would not take that boat (or the center board version) into blue water, she just not robust enough to handle the heavy winds and seas of the open ocean. I do think the 311 you're looking at would by ideal for exploring the Keys.
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I know this is an old thread but I sail a B311 with the conventional fin keel and I would not take that boat (or the center board version) into blue water, she just not robust enough to handle the heavy winds and seas of the open ocean. I do think the 311 you're looking at would by ideal for exploring the Keys.
I am not aware of any reason the B311 would not be entirely capable of crossing the Gulf stream to cruise it the Bahamas. If you know the history of the hull design.

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From go-sail.co.uk/beneteauoceanis311.asp Beneteau Oceanis 311 yacht designed by Groupe Finot.


Like the earlier Oceanis 300, the Oceanis 311 comes in two versions, the fin-keel and the lift-keel, twin rudder version (the latter proving especially popular in France). She uses the same basic hull design as the Figaro I racing class and the First 31.7, and these impressive racing class credentials give her a level of performance unusual amongst other blue water and coastal cruisers.
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from yachtandboat.com.au/news/beneteau-oceanis-311-review
If you want to draw a few conclusions about the complexity (or lack of it) of modern-day yacht design, have a look at the Oceanis 311 and its cousins. The Oceanis 311 has the same hull as the Beneteau 31.7, a handy and roomy cruiser/racer (tested in MB Sept '99). This hull was designed in the early '90s as a one-design boat for the Figaro race, a stage event around Europe in which many top solo skippers cut their teeth, build their reputations and head on to stardom in the extreme multi- and monohulls.

The Figaro race boats are water-ballasted, but have the same hull lines as the production boats, so the message must be that a hull which is free of handicapping rules can be both fast and accommodating.

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Re: Beneteau 311

I know the history, I'm basing my assessment on my experience sailing our B311 on the Chesapeake. She's only got 8000 pounds of displacement so it doesn't take much to toss her around. She only has an 18 hp 2-cylinder diesel and I have had difficulty using it to turn her into a strong (e.g. >30 knots) wind. I could probably talk myself into sailing her from Florida to the Bahamas during a benign weather window but I would not try to take her across to Bermuda.


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