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04-24-2013 09:16 PM
Re: Beneteau Oceanis 40. Experiences??

thanks so much for the review. It is probably the best review of a newer production boat I have read so far. Thanks again!!
04-24-2013 08:21 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Beneteau Oceanis 40. Experiences??

Saw one with 50 fragile plastic thru hulls, mostly below the waterline, which could be easily broken with a slight kick, or a shifting of gear. A very fragile, minimumly built, "style over substance", type of boat.
04-24-2013 05:36 PM
Re: Beneteau Oceanis 40. Experiences??

When I looked at the Beneteau 40 she was about 18 months old and hardly used.
Regarding "tender". Looking at most cruising boats I saw that the weight of ballast devided by total weight was about 30% i.e. ballast/displacement about 30%. If I looked at more of a performance cruiser such as a Beneteau First, C & C etc this was closer to a 35% ratio. A "racer" even higher. The Beneteau 40 was about 25% and I had not seen anything so low. I was told there is much more to "stability" than this ratio and with a test sail (light wind) I was fine with it and bought her. I do find that with about 12 knots of wind, depending also on sea state, I need to put in a reef (furl) and at about 18 knots (true) I need to furl to what beneteau call the second reef position. This is not a boat you can sail with the rail in the water as she will round up. As I sail mostly with my spouse (who prefers to sail at a sensible degree of heel) I just make sure I reef early ... especially if the sea state is challenging. So sail in 15 knots with all sail up and get hit by a gust would cause you a bit of excitement ... but we have sailed in tough conditions with the sails well reefed and all is well.
The boat is somewhat lightly built ... get what you pay for. To hang a fairly small outboard on the stern rail I needed to add a couple of supports going from the rail down to the swim platform as the rail was so wobbly. I then put radar on a pole which was also joined to the stern rail ... I needed to have a bit more support added but all is strong now.
If you look at the deck cleats, they are huge ... if you look under those cleats there are no backing plates, just rather small washers and nuts. The stanchions/lifelines are far from robust but I'm not going to cross oceans and I haven't had any worry about strength so far ... just don't let folks pull too hard on them ... again no backing plates.
A few other small points that perhaps show a bit more quality control would have been good. It took me ages to get the bilge dry. Most of the leaks were from the domestic water system and just needed to tighten up some clamps ... but there are plenty to find!!! The drain fixture on the head sink leaked as someone had cable tied heavy hoses from head/holding tank to the drain which pulled things lose ... easy to fix but who does these crazy things?
The fuel guage always showed full. I did take this back to have it fixed ... it still doesn't work. I have a Webasto heating system which is great except the metal fixture holding the fuel uptake tube into the diesel tank leaked. I had that fixture replaced ... two months later it started leaking again. This is not Beneteau I guess but the folks who put the heating in.
She's a beautiful cruising boat .. so much light below. We sailed 100+ days last year and have over 70 planned so far this year ... retirement is tough! If you want a "tougher" and better made boat then a Tartan, Saber etc would be much better but for the money a Beneteau 40 I believe is good value and sails well.
I intend to get a gennaker soon and again there could be a design issue. The halyard comes out the top of the mast, runs a couple of feet down the mast and goes through a metal loop (spectacle) which is VERY close to the forestay attachment. I've been told things could easily get snarled up if I don't move that spectacle up a bit ... if that's true it's again sort of annoying when the boat was sold as "rigged for a gennaker".
all the best, JB40
04-24-2013 03:07 PM
Originally Posted by JohnB40 View Post
But overall said was great boat for us. But the reply seems to have disappeared. I'll redo it if still of interest to you. Let me know.
By all means re do it if possible. Would be extremely helpful!!
04-24-2013 03:01 PM
Re: Beneteau Oceanis 40. Experiences??

I'm back. I gave a long reply to expand on the "tender" comment plus gave a list of problems we have had in last couple of years. But overall said was great boat for us. But the reply seems to have disappeared. I'll redo it if still of interest to you. Let me know.
all the best, JohnB40
I said my boat was 2011, it is in fact a 2009 that we bought in 2011.
04-24-2013 02:14 PM
dgasmd I will send you a pm later today
04-24-2013 01:50 PM
Re: Beneteau Oceanis 40. Experiences??

No harm done...still curious, where are you at in the SV search?
04-24-2013 01:43 PM
dgasmd If you had said so in the first couple of lines, I would had been more than happy answering your questions. This forum, like many others, have a huge population of members with too much time and not enough reading comprehension. Nearly every thread gets off on a tangent within 5-8 replies, so over time it is very hard not to get very annoyed by abundant non-contributory posts. I wasn't trying to be nasty to you in particular, although reading back my reply I can see how I came off that way.
I doubt you'll find a lot of newer beneteau reviews here. Or any other modern production boat for that matter. Few people here, at least for what I personally have gathered, have anything newer than 15 years old!
04-24-2013 12:18 PM
Re: Beneteau Oceanis 40. Experiences??

Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
Read the first line in the first post!
That OP was 3.5 months ago. I seem to have bumped your rub rail in asking...not my intent. I too am looking at Bene's, among others, and thought you may have purchased since Jan or, bought one and found hidden issues I can learn from or, bought and want to sell or, you are still looking for info over a quarter of a year later...which may tell me this is not the forum to invest daily time in to gather Bene info.
04-24-2013 08:50 AM
dgasmd Read the first line in the first post!
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