Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
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Is this a serious inquiry? I ask becuase it seems a little fishy for someone to come onto a site like this and claim they are buying one of two boats in a matter of hours and they need an Internet board to make the decision for them. No offense intended if it is a real post, and just in case, here's my answer:
It is entirely a question of taste. We recently purchased a new B49 (which is a big sister to the B46). We looked at the comparable Jeanneau at the time (the DS49). Both boats essentially are made by the same company, Beneteau owning Jeanneau, and you totally can tell. The hardware is all the same, the construction is the same, the layouts are very similar, particuarly on deck, and they are starting to look quite a bit alike, etc. I disagree with the poster who said the Jeanneau will sail better. If you compare Jeanneau's cruising line to B's cruising line, the performance will be comparable, and if you're looking a DS v. a B46, they are going to have comparable performance. I would say the major thing for you to consider is whether you prefer a DS, and whether you like the aesthetics of one over the other. That really is the main difference. And I guess price, which is a matter of the dealer more than anything else, as the boats are very comparable price-wise. I guess the Bene has the larger engine, which is a plus. By the way, you said that you think the woodwork on the Bene is higher quality. Niet. They are the same. You may prefer the finish or look of one over the other, which is an important consideration to be sure, but there isn't a quality difference.
Where are you physically? My Beneteau dealer was absolutely awesome in every way imaginable, and I couldn't recommend him more highly, in case that matters to you. And it should. With a new boat, you WILL have warranty claims. I can guaranty it. You'll want a good, responsive, helpful dealer.
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