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Beneteau differences

In 1997 an Oceanis 390 capsized and stayed inverted for a prolonged period of time in the Bay of Biscay, with a resultant loss of life. Now bear in mind that it was out in a force 9 gale (Yikes!) and the lost life was one of her less experienced crew. But a contributing factor was the boats very high righting moment. Not being a naval archetect, that may not be the correct term. This meant that once she was rolled over, she had a tendency to stay that way. The findings were that while she was well built, her design was more intended for coastal, protected waters cuising, and not surviving extreme conditions in the open water. But then again, it may be suitable for your purposes. The same way that when I cuise my mid 70''s IOR 1 Ton, I am very cogniscent of her failings running before steep seas in a high wind, as my family does not care for the wild broaches that result!
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I also should add Beneteau First Series are different than the Oceanis series.
I spent a lot of time looking at a First 40.7 before buying my present boat and they definetely have much stronger hull to deck connections,deeper keels(standart),stronger standing rigging and a lot more efficient sail handling arrangements(traveler is where it should be)..They are definitely a step above...
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I race on a now 4 year old (I believe) Beneteau 40.7 that has been back and forth offshore to the Carribean and Florida and which has been raced quite hard and yet still looks like a new boat. I have been very impressed with how stiff and flex free this boat is when driven hard into major chop.

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Jeff,
Is the draft of the 40.7 giving you guys problem in the Bay?
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This boat is used in a lot of ways. It is used as a racer of course but also as a family cruiser. The owner pretty regularly cruises all of the Bay and down to the Carribean. While I would have thought that more than about 6''6" might prove to be a problem, he says that it really hasn''t been.

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Beneteau First 456

If you want a sturdy and fast Beneteau then go back to the 80's and find one in good condition......that is what I did.....and got a Beneteau First 456...8 ft draft......three cabins...three heads....200 galons of water....50 gallons diesel very spacious and still very powerful fast boat......


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You really shouldn't be reviving old, dead threads just for the sake of it. This thread was four years gone... until you came along. It is considered poor net etiquette to do so.
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Sorry for the old thread thing.... not intentional.......
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Now as a punishment, you will have to sail around a new Beneteau and piss him off
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