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Re: Looking at a Beneteau First32
Pete.. these are good looking boats that probably perform pretty well. However from that size down to the 29/30 foot range it's as if Beneteau 'crammed' a 35 foot interior into the smaller space. This looks good on paper but leaves you with rather cramped berths, esp the V berth that gets pushed forward into the point of the bow. The aft cabins are equally tight. For tall or large people I think this would be a perpetual nuisance.
But they have decent cockpits, nice rigs and sail pretty well. Good 'row away' factor too.
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