Beneteau vs Hunter - Page 5 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Chat  
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree5Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #41  
Old 08-13-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,174
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 14
k1vsk will become famous soon enough
SEC
If you are still following this discussion, it seems to contain a lot of the same denegration of a particular boat or brand common to Hunters, Catalinas and Beneteaus that some like to perpetuate.
For what it's worth, I suspect I am among the very few who have owned all three at different times and now own an Alden so I may be both more objective and less biased.

In that context, my opinion is simply that there is little difference in quality among these three very competitive companies all competing in the SAME market; hence the differences are subtle.

Among the things I found to be different among them are:
Beneteaus - fit and finish seemed to me to be below that of the other two, particularly the sole plates, bulkhead tabbing and deck hardware mounting which always proved to be the sources of various leaks. Coupled with it's relatively flat bottom which promotes pounding, it was the most disconcerting boat I've ever had in bad weather.
Catalina - better fit and finish but still prone to leaks at all ports and hatches, difficult logistics and accessibility for routine maintenance and sailed the slowest of the three, pointed the worst and went downwind like a barn door.
Hunter - never quite got used to the huge salon windows but my wife preferred them so what that proves is debatable. Had to sail off the wind dead down wind because of the spreaders but found that was often a better VMG angle. Preferred the B&R rig which is actually stronger that a traditional one and since we had a backstay as well, this was a non-issue (some H models do not apparently).

I should mention each was a new boat so wear/tear was not an issue in comparison.

Bottom line - as I've said previously, internet experts are usually worthless. Years ago when I had the opportunity and time to travel, we sailed from the east coast to the S Pacific and never, ever throughout that trip during which we spent time with many cruisers on all type boats did I hear anyone denegrate any boat mfg like we routinely see here. Everybody had problems maintenance issues and breakdowns regardless of who made their boat. Coral doesn't care what the nameplate says nor does a 30 ft wave.

Ignore the so-called internet experts and pick the best maintained boat within your budget, take care of her and try to anticipate your future use to choose the best candidate accordingly.

Everything else is pure BS
davidpm likes this.

Last edited by k1vsk; 08-13-2009 at 07:02 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #42  
Old 08-13-2009
CaptainForce's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: living aboard since 1972
Posts: 1,712
Thanks: 0
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 10
CaptainForce will become famous soon enough
When considering all the variables, there is far more impact resulting from the skill and prudence of the captain than any trait of these three vessels. I'd buy the Hunebenelina if you want one and enjoy it! 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #43  
Old 08-13-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
gene80 is on a distinguished road
I'm also considering a Beneteau/Catalina due to the cost to quality ratio. Does anyone have any thoughts they could provide in choosing between a B373, B393, B36.7, or C380?

We'd be based out of Ft. Laurderdale and would be mostly sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean.

Thanks for any advice.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #44  
Old 09-06-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
pearle99 is on a distinguished road
I agree with K1VSK - set your budget, set a range of LOA and go see what you can find on the market. What type of sailing are you doing? Hunters, Catalinas and Benes are built for easy cruising and have less aggressive sail plans, smaller winches etc. I personally looked at Beneteaus, Catalinas, Hanse and C&C's - mostly because they still make boats in my size range of 32' and under. The C&C owners I spoke to tell me the boat is very fast - it has way more sail area than the others and HUGE winches (40's and up). But it is more money and more performance means my wife as a novice may be intimidated by the tendency to heel. In the end, budget killed the C&C (among some other tidbits like sail drive issues and product build quality). The Hanse is very lovely but none were available and they too are pricey (built in europe and subject to import duties, shipping costs). The Catalina 309 and 320 we looked at - nice boats - no teak to worry about but I felt they were just plain - 'plain'. Which maybe isn't a bad thing. We did not look at Hunters - I personally like the idea of adjustable back stays like on the C&C but no back stay at all is just a little weird. Also the idea of going forward to unjam a line in rough water and getting past the extra B&G stay which seems to be at a perfect angle to ensure you will get it in the neck was disconcerting. I feel the Hunter looks and is disproportionately tall in the water. In the end a Beneteau 31 came on the market - for me it had more 'character', plenty of room - sails well in light wind (which is what we get here in the Pacific NW) and it was the right price. It has a huge beam - so I am trading off some rough water handling for extra cockpit room. And it has a rear stay (not adjustable) but alas - every choice has a trade off.
I offer this information not as an endorsement of Beneteau but as an outline on my decision process. Take all opinions about this brand or that brand posted here or from your broker with a grain of salt - do you own homework. Enjoy the search - there is a lot to learn in the process. In the end the right boat at the right price will make itself known to you - whether it is a Hunter or a Swan or anything in between.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #45  
Old 08-04-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
lexvold is on a distinguished road
Beneteau vs Hunter

Hatchet job by unscrupulous Hunter Dealer removed per forum rules

Last edited by Jeff_H; 08-04-2011 at 05:41 PM. Reason: Hatchet job by unscrupulous Hunter Dealer removed per forum rules
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #46  
Old 08-04-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Posts: 2,458
Thanks: 5
Thanked 56 Times in 56 Posts
Rep Power: 5
MarkSF is on a distinguished road
Just get yourself something like this.

1990 Bristol 47.7 CENTER CP CUTTER RIG SLOOP-TRUE ELEGANCE! Sail Boat For

Go on, you know you want to. Just look at all that teak.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #47  
Old 4 Weeks Ago
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
ajdtiger is on a distinguished road
Re: Beneteau vs Hunter

Too bad no one can get a straight answer
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #48  
Old 4 Weeks Ago
TakeFive's Avatar
Proud "picnic sailor"
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
Posts: 3,018
Thanks: 6
Thanked 77 Times in 68 Posts
Rep Power: 6
TakeFive will become famous soon enough
Re: Beneteau vs Hunter

Quote:
Originally Posted by ajdtiger View Post
Too bad no one can get a straight answer
...even after 13 years.
goat likes this.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Formerly posted as "RhythmDoctor"
1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #49  
Old 4 Weeks Ago
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,179
Thanks: 3
Thanked 21 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 6
chuck53 is on a distinguished road
Re: Beneteau vs Hunter

Don't you just love it when newbies join the forum and the first thing they do is resurrect posts that have been dormant for years.
__________________
Catalina 34
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #50  
Old 4 Weeks Ago
jzk's Avatar
jzk jzk is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,242
Thanks: 1
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 8
jzk is on a distinguished road
Re: Beneteau vs Hunter

I will second that endorsement

Quote:
Originally Posted by bporter View Post
If I was to spend that much money on a Beneteau, I''d put it into a First 47.7. You should get a better ride out of her, and a at 47'' a good amount of creature comforts, especially if it''s only two of you.

I dont'' know much of the deck layout on the 47.7, but the similarly designed 40.7 looks like she''ll shorthand well.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Club Beneteau Florida Invitation Jeffrey123 Gear & Maintenance 0 09-11-2004 12:42 PM
Beneteau Club FLorida Invitation Jeffrey123 General Discussion (sailing related) 0 09-11-2004 12:40 PM
A new catalina 36? paul-e Boat Review and Purchase Forum 32 09-21-2001 05:26 PM
"Benehuntalina" Hunter 34?????? JeffH Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 08-15-2001 06:55 PM
Hunter vs. Beneteau PASailor Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10 11-12-2000 07:04 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:07 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.