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Giu - I emailed you the boat details
Orient - I have, but that is one size too big for me, I don't think I could make that into a good singlehander. The 49DS would fit what I am looking for quite well and there are several on the market. What does worry me a bit is why did they pull the model after only 2 or 3 years? I really have no beef with the Jeanneaus - I even looked at some of the ex-charter 493's coming from Moorings/Sunsail since they are well priced.
I saw an advert on YachtWorld for a big Beneteau that is almost too good to believe... look at this 2007 Beneteau 52 "Stowaway"


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What yrs was the 49DS offered? About 3-4 yrs ago jeanneau started to go thru there whole line up trying to get the injected molded deck's etc into the lineup. So they did a redesign/mold on it. That may have been and issue. OR, it just plain did not sell!

I do wish they would have kept the SO/SF 35's. That was a fast boat for what it was. The SO/SF37 was one of the most sold boats they had. Now they have gone to a more bulky hull for lack of better term. Not sure if Sunsail, probably the biggest buyer of Jeanneau boats had something to do with this or not.

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I seem to choose models that get phased out quickly - I had a K75 then went to an R1200C, both of which had very short production runs. But the 49DS lasted 3 seasons until this year and I haven't seen or heard any reasons for pulling the model. Changing moulds and tooling must be expensive at Jeanneau so there must have been a strong business driving reason behind this change. Sunsail/Moorings didn't go for the 49DS but have a lot of their "Moorings 493"s out there. I think the Moorings model has some additional hull bonding/stringers put in when compared to the normal production model but that is the only difference.


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Giu - I hoped you received the PDF description. I am flying down to France next weekend to take a look at this one!


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I own a 2004 Grand Soleil 45 and have been in the middle of litigation with the broker, MareBlu (Harold Del Rosario) and Cantiere Del Pardo. The factory (CDP) claims that they sold the new boat to the broker/dealer and not to me, therefore the $25,000 of warranty work is not their responsibility. Their lawyer in San Diego filed briefs questioning why I, as the consumer would make a claim against the builder, when it's the dealer's responsibility.

The dealer, who represented that he was the exclusive importer of Grand Soleil for North and South America, turns out to be a dealer for Southern New Jersey to Georgia. I purchased the boat in California. MareBlu was never licensed to do business in California.

I would NEVER purchase a Grand Soleil again.
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It is unfortunate that Grand Soleil doesn't stand behind their product...but a little due diligence on your part before purchasing wouldn't have hurt either.

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