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2000 Jeanneau 36.2 vs 2003 Beneteau 361
My wife and I are looking a both a 2000 Jeanneau 36.2 and a 2003 Beneteau 361. They are both pretty similar in regards to LOA/LWL, beam, draft, rig, hardware, electronics, etc. We'll be primarily cruising in the rivers and sounds of eastern North Carolina, but also want a boat we can venture out with, perhaps up or down the coast, or to the Bahamas, etc. We are not considering any serious passage making, and blue water capabilities aren't a priority in our purchase criteria.
Is there a significant difference in construction or materials between these two? Although Beneteau owns Jeanneau, the Beneteau in question was built in the US, the Jeanneau in France (of course). Also, there are always changes in construction materials and techniques across the years, some for better, some for worse. So, I'm looking for opinions on whether there are going to be significant differences in sailing qualities, overall quality, longevity, etc.
We will definitely be getting a survey on any boat we put an offer on, so any serious problems with these specific boats should be discovered. My question is more about the manufacturers, models, and years in question.
Any opinions, especially from current or previous owners of these or similar models, would be most welcome.