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04-21-2010 05:46 PM
Bene505 Beneteaus sell more boats than anyone else. Statictically there will be more *anywhere*, including at boat yards. According to the tri-data, our 10 year old Beneteau 505 has loggged 16,000+ nautical miles and shows well. Engine has 5,000 hours still runs strong. Windlass needed repairing (Lofrans, great quality, an internal spring broke). She was in the Mooring fleet, so you know she saw some real service.

I'm really glad I found her and that some other buyer didn't swoop her up before I had a chance to buy her. My surveyor said to buy her too. (He looked very wistful as she was being hauled for inspection and cleaning.)

Besides being a Beneteau fan, I'm also a "production" fan. Hondas break a lot less than Ferraris because they build so many of them, over time they know what to do, what works and what doesn't, for a very reasonable price. If funds were no object, I would buy a Ferarri, but I'd still have a production car for regular, all-around use. I suppose my point with "production" is that you get a lot for your money.

04-17-2010 11:01 PM
wemsail I have seen two rudder post problems of loose banging and leakage. Beneteau 411 and a first 47.7 Have others seen this problem and how was it solved?
12-28-2009 03:27 PM
Beneteau Oceanis 43 power winch

Hello. I own a B oceanis 43. I will be installing a power winch kit to the mail sail winch and possibly to the genoa winch. I was wondering of if I should buy the vertical or the horizontal motor options. Any feedback would be highly useful. Thanks. T
11-27-2009 04:53 PM
Originally Posted by WHOOSH View Post
I don't mean to be negative about this particular brand, but I'd suggest that another good source on Beneteau products are boat yards, particularly large ones in areas where Beneteaus sell well.

One of the sillier suggestions I've seen in quite a while. Maybe one should visit the wreckers or body shops or garages before buying a new car. A good surveyor, knowledgeable in modern boats, might be helpful but hanging around boatyards getting what would, in all likelihood, amount to second-hand and probably incomplete information is a waste of time.
11-27-2009 04:26 PM
fsp421 Proud owner of 10 year old 381.
We love her and she sails and shows great!

Fredb and Randi
SV Sugar Magnolia
09-06-2009 01:39 PM
pearle99 Beneteau is the largest volume boat builder in the world therefore you will see more of them in marinas and more of them in yards under repair. They are also used extensively in charter fleets (Moorings for example) where they see a lot of work. WHOOSH's comments are not of much value to me. From what I know of Beneteau they use some of the most advanced manufacturing techniques and equipment available - allowing them to provide well made boats at good value. Every boat is an assembly of many manufacturers - engines, winches, rigging, sails, pumps, batteries etc. so nailing one boat builder for 'quality' issues is crazy. The builder makes the hull and fits the rigging and equipment - I saw one posting where a guy was nailing C&C because his Yanmar sail drive failed - in fact he tried to sue C&C - crazy stuff.
It seems to me the key to having a good boat is to keep it maintained after it is manufactured. There is a lot of junk in every marina - look hard enough and you might even find a dilapidated Swan.
08-31-2009 10:20 AM
MJBrown We're on our 4th Benny and loved every one of them. They're fast, great boats but of course if you beat them up and neglect them you'll get what you expect. Take care of them and they'll take care of you. BTW I find they hold their value fairly well. We've seen 80 to 85% retention in value with all of them. All at least 7+ yrs old when sold or traded.
08-30-2009 12:17 AM
gr8trn Not that owning a B makes me biased, but WOOSH can go to another yard and find similar problems on any boat in the yard. Funny post, although if he is out to save the people from making the mistake of buying a Bene he is on his way.
09-12-2007 11:14 AM
Very Unfair.....

When you build Thousands and Thousands of sailboats, the chances are that some will be better than others, in terms of design, manufacture and materials quality. I searched for a boat for many many years. I looked at C&C, CS, Tartan(way over rated), Jeanneau, Newport, Beneteau, Pearson and others. There are good and bad boats in every one of them. I ended up with a Beneteau because it was the best deal. My boat is as stronger and faster than most of the boats I saw. The hull is two inches thick in some areas and the deck feels like you're stepping in concrete so whoever makes a general statement saying that this or that brand is bad, is in my book, full of cr#@p.

So,, if you find a good Beneteau, inspect it well and go for it. It is very likely that you will beat most of the critics, IN THE WATER.

Check this out:
09-09-2007 08:56 PM
First 42

Got to agree with that last post, you will find good and bad in all boats and it kinda depends on how the person treats thier personal property.
The wife and I performed an unspeakable act as said by some racers by turning our 1983 First 42 into a Full fledged Cruiser, solar pannels, windcharger, and more gel cell batteries than you can carry in a normal pickup at one time.
And for the past 6 years we've been sailing the waters from the North West to Mexico and with this last big retro-fit which included, my wifes best friend, a spectra watermaker, we're now ready to leave for a 5 year trip around the world..
Mine is equepted with a deep keel and a tall rig and there's times we use every bit of it. and the speeds, I've seen speeds that would make you call me a liar and all the time, a velvet touch control.
Those that own a First 42 know of what I'm speaking..
Dont put the Beneteau down because of a few
you've seen that have been mistreated, and take the time to check out the First 38 and 42.
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