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Fractional Rigs - Beneteau, Hunter or Other ??
Folks, I''m sure this has been answered in the past, but I couldn''t find it so I''m asking for your help.
We''re looking at buying a boat for the following purpose, with certain criteria. There are 2 families involved with 2 kids each, so for the odd night it needs to sleep us all (8), preferably with enclosed rooms so the kids are cushioned a bit from the raucus elders. For the longer journeys there will only be 4 people.
I am a NZer (living in the Pac NW) and was bought up on Farr designs, so would like a Frac Rig (I''m the only sailor in the group and have to teach the others) for a variety of reasons - control of main, small jibs, eaiser shorthanded. Although the boat will mainly be used for cruising within the San Juan and Gulf Islands, I want the ability to race her when I get the right group together. Nothing too serious, but needs to be rated well enough and not be last over the line (I get depressed easily with that result).
Our budget is about $45,000 and I think the longest I would want is 36ft (maybe 38), and I wouldn''t want anything shorter than 33.
Right now the 2 best boats I can find are a mid/early 80''s Beneteau 35 or 345 (not sure which models had fracs), or the mid to late 80''s Hunter 335, 35 or 355.
My question to all is their thoughts on these boats, any problems with them etc etc. Also, am I missing some designs that should be considered. I want to stay main stream if possible for resale down the line. I could post this on the relavent E-mail sites here but we all know the B''s would say they''re great, and the H''s would say they''re great.
Your advice is welcome and appreciated.
Craig, aka Snooze