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thoughts on a 2014 49 beneteau grand turismo

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by john1999, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. john1999

    john1999 New Member

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    looking at a couple of these boats in the near future,have nice layout for size of vessels.
    however the most cramped engine room i have ever seen,also would have to deal with pods,i assume they would need new seals being 7 years old and all that has been done is change of fluids.engine rooms look to be susceptible to water intrusion thru the garage.
    i did survey one but it had leaky windows from nearby boat fire,seals were gone.had delamination in hull at transom,port drive/props had been aground,so passed on that one.
  2. Pascal

    Pascal Senior Member

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    No excuse for a cramped ER on a 49 footer. Move on or be ready to pay twice the costs for any repair or servicing.
  3. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

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    Sounds like you don't want pads. So why even look there? Beneteau has been having problems, closing plants, etc. Their power boats don't have a great reputation. There's so many boats in this class (Viking / Princess, Sea Ray, Carver to name a few) why mess with something that may be hard to resell in a few years. It sounds like your gut is telling you to look elsewhere. Always follow your gut.
  4. gr8trn

    gr8trn Senior Member

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    Holy cow, I hope no one buys that boat.
    We jokingly call my wife's Beneteau sailboat a POS. Piece Of Sh_ _. It is fine for light duty work, there are too many short cuts and undersized, poorly mounted, plywood stuck to the hull with mastic for me to be serious about the quality.
    Having said that, she is dry in the bilge, holding onto all of the cleats and serving us well. The hull design and keel/rudder are well designed and she sails well.
    You get what you pay for, as long as you survey the heck out of it first.
  5. Pascal

    Pascal Senior Member

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    There is a 40ish beneteau power a few slip away. Burgundy gelcoat faded like I ve never seen which even the detailers can’t bring back... pieces of plastic trim falling off the cockpit ceiling and the radar arch... undersized stanchion bases secured by just two screws.

    their sailboats are much better. Not the best quality, far from it, but good for coastal cruising and Bahamas
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    I agree with this. They build a good sailboat for the money, but I thought their power boats bordered on flimsy. Darn near disowned Tom Serio after he wrote a favorable review on Beneteau’s trawler for one of the rags!
  7. Maxwell

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    Agreed with above... I've run a few of them (various GT's as well as a 44 Swift Trawler). While you get kind of a lot of boat for your $$, I was not impressed with the ride, build or systems access.