The berths in each of the cabins are fitted out not with mere foam cushions but with structured mattresses, something BOTY judge Ed Sherman commended. "I like that they used two mattresses, which simply made it easier to get to the equipment compartments." He found the propeller-shaft seal under the aft berth difficult to access but the other engine-access points very accessible. The owner's suite forward in the three-cabin layout we sailed features an island queen and a spacious head with separate stall shower; a four-cabin layout is also available. A separate quarters for crew, with a berth and a head, is accessed through a hatch in the foredeck.
BOTY judge Ralph Naranjo was impressed with the evolution of Beneteau's engineering in this boat and others we sailed. "The signs of good engineering fall, for example, in the chainplate realm, where the tie-rods work well." He was pleased, too, to see stainless-steel keel bolts and lead ballast, at a time when other high-volume builders are moving, seemingly backward, to mild steel and iron.