I will leave the Hanse to the end..I sailed one last year, same boat, different keel...It was one of my favorite too.
...These are really good boats, that sail well, probably the best of all productions. I like them a lot, and it's true, quality has come downhill since the last decade..but most mass production boats have too...
Beneteau doesn't care, they have thousands of conquered customers. Right now, between the Catalina, Hunter, Jeanneau, Bavaria and Beneteau, I prefer the Beneteau..and would be able to accept the sacrifice of the weird interior, because the boats really sail good. And me?? I want a sailboat.
The Beneteau interiors are what we call American interiors, and you guys call them Euro interiors..
Truth is no one wants them, including my friend, the dealer back home, that said: Oh God..that's not going to help, when he saw them in 2007..
Inside..it's weird, cheap, light, and what not, but it's a trend...it's modern, and at anchor, in coastal cruising is a good option...
The Beneteau uses good masts (Charleston Spar - Sparcraft), which is the mast the Hanse uses. Thedeck gear is good, and then in the first series, the boats are a dream to sail...and I am happy the obsolete Farr designs are gone..
Still sail one and you will see what a great boat thye are.
Beneteau are coastal sailing boats, with more focus on the sailing than the liveaboard features.
..it's like a Beneteau, but cheaper, altough I admit the little Sun fast they showed this year is a fresh of clean air..In the previous years, the Sun fast was just a Sun odissey with a better keel and a fractional rig...
Now it's a completely new boat..nice boat indeed..twin rudder, and all...and go fast paint schemes..even anchored the boat looks fast..let's see how it does...I would gladly have one...but thye are too small...
I don't care much for the DS series, and the Performance is a little disappointing...I have a friend that bought a 49 preformance, and is very disapointed, with the lack of it, and now can't return it.
The boat's have some good features and room and are perfect along side the catalinas, beneteau Hunter etc. for near coastal, and weekends.