Most of the above is still right on the money however a couple years down the road now....thre is a third type of BENE..... being manufactured.
these are the contract boats for outfits such as moorings.
They have various hulls, which moorings generally selects for cruising room over absolute speed, and they are rigged fairly basicly and simply.
I know that they were still being manufactured through 2008 and designation for these boats is generally length.#of cabins ie 38.2, 35.2, 38.3 etc.
In fact I have a neighbor (one who I sail with on occasiono her boat) taking her 2008 35.2 off the charter business and selling it outright now. For comparison differences, they have a different more glossy feel inside on the wood, over say the regular first or oceanis series. very light feeling interiors.
I find the boat handles really well compared to the firsts I have played with, tho electronics and hardware are mostly sufficient. Women tend to love the boat for its clean lines and spacious feeling. Doesnt seem to point quite as high as my hunter tall rig, but she has good manners. Systems on this boat built in south carolina are typical american brands. so parts are easy.
pics and vids of this boat in about 7 to 8 kts are here at the end of the page below.
OctDemosail pictures by Beneteau35_2 - Photobucket
please excuse some of the sloppy sail handling.....lol.... I was in the dinghy taking the pics. But she feels a little slower than the first, tho I havent had a similarly sized first to pace yet.
seems to be a decent boat.
there are several of these for sail in Anacortes right now....... I am partial to them, but just bought a hunter in january and the home economy just wont support a third sailboat right now.....