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Dusseldorf would be a great place to see all of the boats, however it isn't an option for me right now. I do appreciate the suggestion though.
What I meant, was a forum where folks who have recently pruchased an Oceanis 41 or a Jeanneau 409, discuss their pruchase experience; how they equipped their boat and what they finally paid. Edmunds has an Owner Review thread where people weigh in on their decision. It's a great way to guage satisfaction and value prior to shopping. Since I am not waelthy I need to get the most for my dollar.
Buying a new boat that is priced in the $250K -$300K range is the equivalent to purchasing a home, maybe even more so. Before I make a decision like that I want to be certain that I hava all the facts. For example, a forum discussion on this site starts off with a post describing the 409 as fabulously equipped and under $200K. A fabulously equipped 409 is more likely to eat up 300K. There have to be good deals somewhere and I like some specifics that's all.
BTW, thank you for making the effort to answer.