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How are the bilges?

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It is not a flat bottomed boat.
I never really thought about it but from thinking back it just knifes through any big waves I have been in. No pounding. I don't think you would want to take on waves from the side.
I have a Farr designed Beneteau Oceanis 461, which has deep bilges under the salon and cabin floorboards except where those spaces are used for water tanks. I have a compartment just aft of the keel in the centerline in which I can place two scuba tanks, a perfect placement. There are other places between stringers where I could put basketballs and then put the floorboards down flush again.

The Finot designed Beneteau 411, which was contemporary to my 461, has only a few inches of space under the floorboards between the grid stringers. Just incredibly different.

I've chartered Berret-Racapeau designed Beneteau Cyclades 50.4s (relabelled as Moorings 51.5), and they have caverns under the floorboards. Multiple cases of wine were fit below floorboards even in the forward cabins on a Cyclades 50.4, and under at least one salon floorboard, there was enough space for a small crewmember to hide as a practical joke.

skyellab, how are the spaces under the floorboards in the 46/49 (not sure which one you have)? Are there any long and deep enough for a scuba tank? Any deep enough for a case of wine? Any spacious enough for a few cases of beer? (just trying to use common objects for a size reference).
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In the very back of the boat is an area for a life raft and it has doors. Some racks could be mounted there without too much problem to hold your tanks. I have the new 46 but it is not too different from the 49. There is also a few lockers in the cockpit area under the seats that tanks could be stored no problem. The floor boards down below are inches high.
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