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Re: New Jeanneaus & Bavarias
Our Jennie is pre- "manufactured teak". The sales guys sell the new product, with painted on grain (literally), as more easily replaced when damaged. They can manufacture an exact replacement, every piece in every boat is identical.
Ours has a combination of laminated teak plywood and solid teak trim. Effort was made to make nice design on the doors and cabinetry is actually booked from the same piece of teak laminate. For production, it's reasonably nice.
However, the biggest difference in the newer models is that everything else seemed to be downgraded a peg too, rigging, plumbing, hardware. The year we bought our 54DS, we started the process to spec a brand new fake teak 50DS. Our 4 yr old used 54 cost us a bit more than a brand new 50 would have cost and it was the best decision we ever made. I'm told, the 54DS sold more hulls than any other boat over 50ft and they only made them for 4 years. Something in the neighborhood of 800 hulls.
Given the pending global economy at the time, Jennie/Bennie probably did a very smart thing, by lowering their price point. They always were and still are reasonably fast, easy to sail and a good value for what you pay.
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