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Re: Beneteau 35s7 vs. Ben First 36.7
The 'S' is named for the interior designer - Phillipe Starck.
Note there was a 35S7 and a 36S7. I'm note sure of the differences. The 35S7 was only made for a year or two. This info is for the 36S7.
Both are designed as Cruisers and Racers. The S7 is a Cruiser that can race, while the .7 is a racer that can cruise.
The S7 has the traveler located on the bridgedeck. The .7 has the traveler right in front of the wheel.
The S7 has a rudimentary swim platform and step cut into the transom. The .7 has an open transom - but with a bar mounted across it and a complicated rope backstay adjuster that will make getting on board from a dingy difficult.
The S7 has a much bigger head. The S7 has a much larger rear cabin. This is the 'owner cabin.' The .7 has two cabins in the rear. One small, the other smaller.
As you mentioned the .7 has a large OD fleet. Not so with the S7.
The S7 came with your choice or 3 keels. The standard is an iron keel with draft of 6' 2". Options were shoal draft wing (draft around 5'?) and a 'performance' keel with 6' 11" and made or lead. The .7 came with 7' 2-3" or 5' 11" shoal.
IMHO if you want to race the .7 is the better choice. If not, it's really up to you.
IMHO the S7 looks like a bargain.
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Last edited by BarryL; 03-12-2012 at 04:07 PM.