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  1. You're looking at the wrong page. See under "First SE": https://www.beneteau.com/en/sailing-yachts/first-se
  2. @badia420 I like it. The flat shape makes it easy to store and it's multipurpose.
  3. Check out the Seascape beanbag. May or may not being sold thru Beneteau. Got mine when Seascape was still independent.
  4. The Torqeedo will probably survive it, will you?
  5. I'm using a Pelican iM2100 Storm Case with the Celestaire foam (requires a bit of cutting). Works great and is quite compact (smallest case that would fit the Astra IIIB).
  6. If access by public transportation and walk-ability are important then Mamaroneck or Port Washington. But the cost of using the Travel Lift (or whatever) will eat you alive and because of your draft you will be severely constrained to very specific high tide windows. Translation: Trailer Day-Sailing a Mini-Transat at these locations is out of question.
  7. I have the hatch and the Torqeedo. The position of the hatch is right after the keelbox with stringers and is laminated to the deck. There is no flex in the deck. The hatch itself is indeed half an inch or maybe even less (it's a Plastimo hatch, you can probably find the spec on the Internet). It's not the most sturdy hatch but I don't know why you would want to continuously step on it. Tacking and Jibing alone is easiest if you do it forward of the main sheet (read: the hatch is not in your path). It's a small boat and storage of any kind is a premium. I use it for the Anchor, Fenders and a f
  8. It checks all the boxes for that and why/how I use it. Of the various extras I can highly recommend the extra storage hatch in the cockpit sole. The space is otherwise inaccessible and it's really useful for storing the anchor and fenders.
  9. I've had mine for 3 years now and I really like it and will keep her for a few more. No regrets or issues with the boat but I'd recommend to spend some time thinking about what you want to do with it. Chances are you'll be alone and my experience with the establishment has been that they'll either not let you participate in races (e.g. missing lifelines) or you're pitted against twice the size boats with 150% headsails in the non-Spi division where you're not allowed to fly the Gennaker or Code 0.
  10. The furler attaches to the bowsprit and it must be extended before hoisting the sail (in this order). You won't be able to hoist the sail and leave the bowsprit retracted. The luff of the Code 0 is too long and it'll hang there like a sad sack. I don't have a cleat for the line and I just tie it to the base of the mast. That is good enough to stop it unfurling but the problem with leaving the Code 0 hoisted is that the boat will be noticeably tippier. It's OK for when at anchor to get the sail out of the way but not sure it's a good idea when underway. You don't want that extra weight up the m
  11. I have the 18 with Code 0 and the same furler. I clip the continuous line into a carabiner at the base of the mast to prevent it from going overboard. Something you definitely want to avoid. The thing that sucks about the Code 0 on the 18 is that you can't leave the furled sail hoisted. And when it's doused it wants to roll off the deck whenever on starboard tack.
  12. There is something called French Leasing (and similar schemes for Italy, Malta, and maybe others - google it). It's between you and a Bank (as opposed to you and the Builder). You basically save on the VAT which then goes towards financing the lease. You will not save any money on this but it's an interesting alternative to taking up a loan or not having all your cash tied up in the boat all at once. You can spread it over 3+ years and do something more productive with the cash on hand. The catch is it works only for new Boats, the Boat must be capable to leaving EU waters and you need to writ
  13. I have used the NS 360.Pro for two seasons now. The reason I chose it over the Velocitek is because it combines the functionalities of the ProStart and Shift in one device for the price of one of them.
  14. Yes it does. Things like AWD, AWS seem correct from eyeballing. I don't know about the computed true values due to lack of a reference system. Some features such as Roll, Pitch and Compass (maybe this one is but hard to tell) are not exposed in the App.
  15. I have the Ultrasonic Portable (Bluetooth). It's solid and works as advertised but you have to be a DIY'er to really use/enjoy it at the moment. I have found using an App to get wind information isn't very practical.
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