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re: Jeanneau, the worst boat for the money?
I am not sure precisely what you are trying to say but you are comparing Tayanas which are generally very well built, and equipped, and which generally are truely capable long distance cruisers to Jenneaus which are comparatively lightly constructed coastal cruisers that are aimed at the value oriented marketplace.
For many people, who are mostly doing light coastal cruising, value oriented boats like Jenneaus, Hunters, Beneteaus, and Catalinas work just fine.
But, as TomandChris pointed out, there is very good chance that the bargain-priced Jeanneaus were in the charter trade, which normally implies under equipped and beat to death. Having ridden shotgun through a few charterboat rehabs, I would have to say that the Tayanas at twice the initial price are probably way more than twice the boat for less money invested by the time you have put the Jenneau into an equal condition. At that point you are stuck with a Jenneau that has way to much invested in it to ever recoup a reasonable % of the expenditures because the value of the Jenneaus are limited by what they are.
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