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Bavaria ocean40 vs. Tartan3500
Sorry about the commercialism, Lost my perspective. the confusion arose from so many postings by individuals selling their own boats. I am a buyers broker not a dealer. I''ll assist any individual looking to find the right boat and I thought I was helping. It seemed Fred was making a decision based on "getting a good deal". It was my intention to point him in the right direction.
This is not a commercial message - just a clarification. There will no further postings like this.
Now about the Dufour. I do not know what constitutes a bad reputation about a manufacturer and how you arrived at this conclusion. My experience with yacht purchase (as is the case with car purchases) is that service is provided by dealers. And as we all know - there are some good dealers and unfortunatley some crooked ones. And even some of the good dealers are lacking in "service after the sale".
Yes, the french can be difficult to work with but Don Walsh, the Dufour factory representative in Annapolis is very accommodatng.
As I''ve observed in these postings, there seems to be alot of misunderstanding about the points individuals try to make. The issue here was bavaria vs tartan and I answered that question. I have some experience with both. However, the bavaria is not in the same league as a Tartan. My feeling is that the Dufour is a better choice over a Bavaria and should be considered. I''m sure one of the Dufour dealers would work closely with Fred if he were interested.
The important aspects of the Dufour construction, the ones you all seem to focus on (hull layup, materials, deck to hull bonding, engines, rigging, steering and durability) are well addressed in the Dufour. For a new production boat, in the price range of the Benehuntalinas and Bavaria the Dufour is one of my first choices. Of this group, the Dufour is the Lexus/Infinity of the bunch
By the way, both Moorings and Sunsail added about 50 each of the Dufour-Gib''Sea yachts to their fleets in the past year. I''m told by representatives at both companies they plan to add alot more.
Thanks for the opportunity to be of assistance and for the guidance in your responses.