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My Watkins 29 has been up for sale for about a month and I just recenetly put it on the Sailing Texas website. The day after that, I recieved a call from a local looking for a sailboat and he took a look at mine and liked it. So he came back to the boat last Monday and we went through it and he erally liked what he found. Then we went out sailing for about 3 and a half hours and we both really enjoyed ourselves.

I am hoping that he will purchase the boat so that I can move a little bit.

Anyways, I started looking at boats and my favorite is one I have been eyeing for a while, a Beneteau 265. But my mother and girlfriend say they don't want smaller boat and I understand so we started looking at the "larger" Beneteau 281. Then I started looking at the specs......

The Bene 265 has: LOA: 26'5", LWL: 24'2", Beam: 9'5".

Then, the Bene 281 has: LOA: 28' 6", LWL: 24' 3", Beam: 9' 5".

I found that to be a little odd. (These messurements are from the ads on YachtWorld.com)

The only real difference is the LOA of +1' 11" correct? Well does that just mean that the transom is a little longer? Or that the 281 could have a more pointed bow? What is the difference?

I am mainly interested in the difference of cabin size. Could it be that the beam in the 281 is carried farther forward or aft? Something like that?

Thanks everyone!