Join Date: May 2011
Location: Blind River Ontario, Canada
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Re: Best 1st time boat
Im not really the person to answer this but I will, once again, give my 2 cents. A friend of mine has a Beneteau First. It is a nice boat but what I do find that boats are advertised in such a way to appeal to the inexperienced. For example, advertising a tri-cabin, as in his, Beneteau First has a nice sound to it for privacy when you have company but it comes with the expense of jamming people into a small quarter berth with a door on it which, after using it a bit is pretty unfriendly and took up a lot of valuable room. But it made it a tri-cabin.... The other is, all lines run to the cockpit type advertisement. This could be a very essential thing if you were sailing in conditions that you would be required to handle all lines in adverse conditions without leaving your cockpit but, IMHO not all lines need to be run to the cockpit. Single handed racing vs pleasure sailing. The key lines need to be run to the cockpit for emergency handling during pleasure sailing but a lot of other lines could be left alone and unused until you have the crew to handle them. You can still sail without having all the adjustments of a high end racing boat..
1977 38 foot C&C Mark 1
Sailing the Exuma Islands, Bahamas