Hitchin' a ride
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In my mind, I live in Oslo
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"Giulietta" probably has the best advice on Elans and Beneteaus, if you can get a straight answer(just kidding G). He is in Portugal and there are lots of them in Europe, especially Beneteau. I don't know anyone here with one. I think from what I have heard, Beneteau is a better build and has the history. I was looking at Beneteaus too. I kept thinking "why are there so many under six years old for sale?" That scares me. Elan is even more like that. Lots of them under 4 years old for sale. Were they charter boats? If so, stay away. With the Benes I looked at here, it turned out that the in-mast furling wears out the sails in about six years or less and other things start to fall apart too. So when you have a lower priced boat that appeals to the masses, non-sailors or first timers will buy it. Only to realize a few years later that they can't or don't want to keep up with the costs. That being said, there will be some out there that are well cared for by responsible people, and true sailors that are upgrading to a bigger boat.
Great men always have too much sail up. - Christopher Buckley
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