Originally Posted by MSN2Travelers - "If given a choice, avoid any 351/352 powered by a Perkins diesel."
This is a separate datum, which I picked up somewhere else too. Is it the Perkins that is the problem? Maintenance issues? Reliability?
Why is this advice specific to 351/352? Is it the installation in the hull that presents an issue?
Maybe that came out a little harsher than I intended. There seems to be general consensus among owners that have experience with both the Perkins model M30 (Perama-M30) & the Yanmar model 3GM30F that the Yanmar is the better choice. I don’t know if it is parts availability (which could be a local issue), ease of maintenance, overall reliability or some combination of all three. I’m not telling you to avoid the Perkins. I’m just saying that, given a choice, the Yanmar is the preferred power plant.
I have noticed that brokers, and owners, tend to misidentify which model they have. Throw in the occasional French made units with the US made and it can get confusing. The European made boats tend to have the galley spread out along the length of the boat’s port side.
As I see it, the US made Oceanis 352 is basically the same boat as the Oceanis 351. Beneteau used the `97 thru `99 model years the as a test bed for design elements that eventually were adopted in the 361 and they called it the 352 for marketing purposes.
Our boat is used as a cruiser and has a crew-of-two most of the time. We often day sail with guests but typically cruise 7-21 days at a time by ourselves. I often take it out alone with little difficulty. We love the boat.
I race on a vintage Pearson Flyer. The differences between a lean & mean vs. the family cruiser became obvious immediately. The 351/352 only has two winches located on the cabin-top for all sail trimming duties. This can be kinda awkward for people who are not used to having the main sheet and Genoa sheets sharing just two winches. It is can be even more problematic for sailors who maneuver the boat while alone in the cockpit. (i.e.: you have to leave the wheel to reach any/all of the sail handling sheets.)
Another item to be aware of is the prop-walk when in reverse at idle/very low RPM’s. You learn to embrace & use it as a tool or curse it and spend thousands trying different props that mitigate it.
At the end of the day, I would have preferred to get an Oceanis 361 (Genoa winches near the wheel) but they wanted way too much money for that model boat while a late model 352 had basically the same interior layout.