I had complained about the cramped space for the wheel-man on the Jeanneau 379 and Hanse 385 as opposed to the space on the more oriented performance boats, or should I say simply, better sailboats
It seems that is a tendency now. The new Benetau 45 has the cockpit space big enough to have a decent post to the one that is sailing the boat, but the space they have for it seems not much better than the one on the smaller boats:
Well, I guess that what sells this kind of boats is the cockpit space for guests. Probably the tiny place at the wheel will only be used to tack the boat and to put it on autopilot.
I will not post here more about the 45. The hull seems to be the same kind of hull the 41 has but the interior seems even worse. I can understand the interest of this kind of hull for the kind of sailors that will buy this kind of boats, but the interior?
This is the "old 46":
This is the new 45:
I cannot imagine why, in what concerns the interior, someone will prefer the new one over the old one.
The new one is cheaper? If they maintain the same level in prices everybody is going to buy Jeanneaus instead of Benetaus
Or maybe I am wrong. Does anybody like this new interior more than the old one, or will prefer it over this one, the one from the slighter smaller Jeanneau 439?:
I guess on Benetau they are really betting on the Sense line, that has nicer interiors, but unless they lower the prices on the Oceanis (Benetau) I will doubt they can face the competition in the lower price segment.