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As Ham says, quite roomy below for a smaller cruiser/racer. Check length of bow berths to make sure people you want to put there can actually fit. (The French put their kids up there.) As I recall the boats are quite light, with a narrow waterline beam that gets very wide at deck level. Compare the Kirie Elite 30 to a J/30, J/29 and Santana 30/30, then look at the prices.... The Elites I have seen have all seemed well put-together (though light) with good deck surfaces that seemed to stand up well to wear/tear & dropped winch handles with little/no chipping or dings. Kirie Elites were originally made in northern France, on the English Channel, IMHO to a better-than-Beneteau standard. Beneteau has now bought them out, though I believe Kirie still operates under its own name. The French sails they came with were probably better used as winter covers. A new suit would likely surprise a lot of people on the racecourse.