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  1. On the 3600 you mentioned a furling staysail.  Where on the foredeck in the furler attached?  Is it like a traditional staysail attached 1/3 of the way back the foredeck or is is like an extra forestay attached just behind the foil?

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    Sun Fast 3600

    Great and helpful picture. Just so we understand: The red line is the sheet and the black line is a guy?
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    Sun Fast 3600

    Sounds like a pain with the fiber mast. I’ll have to ask if there is a way to get a track that does not void the warranty. Did your aluminum mast come with a track?
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    Sun Fast 3600

    Do you mean a reaching strut?
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    Sun Fast 3600

    Jl92s Is there any other options aside from the lithium batteries and straight keel you would suggest getting on this boat?
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    Sun Fast 3600

    About the 3600 setup-JL 92S or others who have raced this boat-I am ordering a 3600 for the US with the twin tiller setup. I have heard that the extra set of winches used with the German sheeting system get in the way when using the tillers (are right where you need to sit). I don't like the German sheeting-I did a few races on a 3600 with this system, but would you recommend ordering he extra winches or not? I always like the idea of backup winches, but they are heavy, and if they get in the way they are not worth it. Flexofold prop seems better than the pricier Gori. It also seems that the halyard bag option is pretty pricey for $600 as well as lee clothes for $1300 (I will need lee clothes but have rigged them up on past boats for < 500) Also, anything else you think are "must have" options?
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    Beneteau dropped the First line?

    Has anyone here been racing the carbon 35 or 40. Im not just talking hear-say or opinions-Is there anyone watching who has actually raced on one or seen one in their fleet. How is it doing?
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    Beneteau 38.1 Performance Version

    Good comment regarding the slamming and hull stiffness-I just finished A2B in my old boat and can attest to the amount of "slamming" force the boat must endure FWD of the mast as it goes upwind off the backs of waves. Lots of newer boats have these "pretty" windows topsides-it's a new trend and does give a nice interior look. The XP-38 also has several of these windows (another boat I looked at). Big difference is they are smaller and flush. I imagine the build quality on the x-yacht's hull is better, but the price is about 70K more without options.
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    Beneteau 38.1 Performance Version

    Just went on sale last year. No published ratings I could find. Better looking than Bene 36.7. But I agree Sunfast 3600 is better looking
  10. Has anyone raced on or been in a fleet with anyone racing one of the newer, twin rudder Beneteau 38. performance version? Yes, I know there will be a flood of Beneteau haters sending in "Beneslow" jokes, but the performance version looks interesting with taller mast, 130 square feet more of sail area , a decent D/L of 145, adjustable backstay, jib cars, etc. Although it is a Finot design (miss the Farr designs), the Polars look good and it could be promising family racer that starts at < 200K. I like the Sunfast 3600 better with it's tillers and dedicated racing platform, but its hard to ignore the cost difference (about 40K) between the 2 boats and the Benny performace package comes with laminate race sails. Could not find much outside of manufacturer-sponsored sites. I'm interested in member's actual experience racing the boat in their local fleets (how are they doing) more than opinions without any basis. Here we go.