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RandyonR3 03-08-2015 08:07 PM

Beneteau Cruising
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We've all heard the crap about Beneteau NOT being suited for cruising from Keels falling off the Rudders breaking...And we know its not true.......
So in this post,
SHOW ME YOU BENETEAU, in all it cruising glory...............

Ours is a 1983 FIRST 42, that has been "Cruiser-fied" from solar and wind on one end to staysail on ther other.........

MarkofSeaLife 03-08-2015 10:35 PM

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My Beneteau, Sea Life, has sailed me around the world doung about 35,000 nms and is a damn fine boat.

Faster 03-08-2015 10:43 PM

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If I may vicariously participate...

Andy and Liz Copeland sailed their mid 80s B First 38 "Bagheera" around the world with their then-young family, and continue to cruise her today back at home in BC..

Friends are now on their 10th or 11th year doing the Caribbean chain on a B36.7, shorthanded in the trades (granted no ocean passages) but even so.. boat's in great shape still.

svHyLyte 03-09-2015 11:08 AM

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Friends of ours have been sailing our sister-ship Ocean Angel, throughout the Caribbean for the past five years. Fast, Safe, Comfortable amd quite handsome.

newsailorbr 08-05-2018 12:07 PM

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I just get one Beneteau Mooring 432 1988 i'm in process to complete Refit it to go cruise around the world
Be safe all there and post more adventure with your Beneteau

MarkofSeaLife 08-05-2018 04:38 PM

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Originally Posted by newsailorbr (Post 2051543826)
I just get one Beneteau Mooring 432 1988 i'm in process to complete Refit it to go cruise around the world
Be safe all there and post more adventure with your Beneteau

Don't worry about the crap you were served up in the other thread.

Your boat will be fine and go further than they have ever been.


newsailorbr 08-05-2018 06:01 PM

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That's what i want hear from the community not crap they keep tell the boat is not good get better one i did get the Beneteau i belive is a good boat
Thank you MarkofSeaLife

RegisteredUser 08-05-2018 06:26 PM

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To my knowledge a Benie has never sailed Mare Tranquillitatis.

contrarian 08-05-2018 08:54 PM

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Kudo's to you newsailorbr! If you decide to go through the oil patch and around the Gulf Coast give me a shout.

HannahBaezal 08-28-2018 06:15 AM

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Hello! We did a and got a Beneteau 515! It was an amazing experience as we never tried this brand before. Now we will definetely use it again and maybe even buy a second hand one for us!

lsmoske 01-12-2019 01:15 PM

I own a sister ship to Bagheera my fifth sailboat. She is a First 38r, 10 winches, deep keel, tall rig. The finest machine I have ever owned. Continues to impress me with her performance. I have been doing this for over 50 years.
I raced a Hunter 31, quite succesful, last 2 years I raced won every race including 2 figawi races. Hunter copied Beneteau's pan grid construction, very strong boats, but not the quality of Beneteau's. We were going through woods hole, ma once, doing at least 9 knots over the bottom, my father at the helm, wanted to try it. He cut the channel, nasty place and we hit hard, then bounced off the rocks. Boat did not leak a drop, outer hull flexed and broke some stringers continued to MV and had it fixed later.
Beneteau had it right for awhile, would not buy one made after about 1995, engineering made some to thin, especially American made boats.
Some of the best boats made were in the 80's tough as nails. I first saw these first series boats at the Newport international boat show and fell in love with them. True racer/cruisers, scream upwind. Done over 10.5 knots downwind many times, does not creak, rattle, etc. Sounds like a frieght train going through the water, extraordinary sea kindly.
The more wind, the faster she goes, comfortable ride with a well thought out interior, and since i liveaboard, all the comforts of home.
Experienced see this boat and know.
I am an engineer, they got it right. Boat is in 7 books, all of Liza and Andy Copelands books, plus Worlds best sailboats volume 1 and Used boat notebook, top choice for a 40 footer. Most Beneteau's of this vintage are a good choice. Proud owner.

lsmoske 01-12-2019 01:24 PM

I might add that the original first series boats were 0ver 35ft were open ocean certified and built to the French merchant marine standards and qualified by Lloyds of London. Not the lesser standard of ABYC.

zzmeyer 05-03-2019 10:28 AM

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Check the entries to the Pacific Puddle Jump. That rally lets you start anywhere, at any time and go to anywhere in the South Pacific so I think quite representative of the actual cruising community. The first stop from anywhere is 3,000 NM so a real test. Beneteau is by far the most common boat listed. Are there better boats? I'm sure there are. A friend had a budget from between $100-$150k for a boat, a nice amount, wanted it less than 20 years old. He'd heard the stories about Beneteau so was considering the Pacific Seacraft, a great line of boats. For his budget, he could get a 31-37 foot Pacific Seacraft or a 42-47 foot Beneteau.

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