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I would take a 1st series Bene over an oceanus, or a catalina. An Ericson........some yes, others no. But generally speaking, I would take the 1st over an ericson.
They will be as mentioned, harder to sail as a single hander to a point. Other places, much easier, as the main sheet traveler is in the cockpit, vs typically coach mounted on teh ericson and catalina. The 1st will be more powered up, ie higher sail area to disp vs the ericson which is higher than the catalina. BUT< if you know this, you shorten the sail sooner, or do not use a 155, but a 125to 135 equal conditions you could use a 155 with a catalina as an example, have the same SA/Disp, and a higher pointing boat etc. UNLESS, you happen to be looking at the one or two shoal draft 1st series boats.
Generally speaking tho, most race boats while they have more lines etc to control things, once you use all these controls, they can sail better than a cruising style boat.
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