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Thanks SailorMitch and Jeff H. I will do that. As for a new boat ha ha ha, I can''t afford that. I also prefer the beneteau''s as a first boat to own for a couple for years and give living on a try. But when looking at the Dufour the deck was wide and flat to walk on with no trouble. Something that I think I would need. I do not have any kind of ability to walk one foot in front of the other. I was looking at a 2000 Dufour that I might purchase five or six months from now if it is still around...but think it would e better to get the Beneteau myself. but I will go to the list and post an e-mail to Dufour and see what they say...not having a bigle pump...whew that really give me a hugh scare...I would not even be without that in my canoe LOL. thanks again guys for all your help.

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Gordon,

Sorry if I mislead you or misstated something, but the 38 DOES have a bilge pump. It''s just that the bilge itself is very shallow and when the boat heels the water tends to run onto the cabin sole and not to the pump. Again, that is a very common fault of newer boats. You should check that, too, on any Beneteaus you look at.
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No problem SailorMitch. Thanks for the insight for what I will be looking for. I know this off the topic, but in general about how much does a boat depresiate? I have looked at the Beneteaus and liked them except for the small walk around area. But 2002 (new boat deck) that they are putting out looks like it will work for me just fine. Found a 2002 Oceanis 393 for 169,000. Real out of range. Do not want ot go with anything higher than 125- 135. Think this vesselmay be that low in ten months? guess I will only know when the time comes. Found a 2000 381 that I lie, but it does not have the newer deck and is in my price range. Oh...no rest for the weary LOL. Keep up the great advice guys. By the time I am getting my veesel I will know it is a perfect choise just from visiting with you all.

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