Should we is­sue health warn­ings for boat tests?

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing your re­view of the Beneteau Ocea­nis 41.1m (Jul 16), who the heck buys for char­ter use a boat with a draught of over 9ft? I can see the point for a rac­ing or even a sporty boat, but for a fam­ily cruiser? If I had a cyn­i­cal cast of mind I might think the only use for this con­fig­u­ra­tion is for jour­nal­is­tic test­ing pur­poses.

In a sim­i­lar vein the boat re­viewed had con­ven­tional slab reef­ing when most will be sup­plied with heavy, roller furl­ing main­sails. It had the per­for­mance pack to boot and what looked like pretty ex­pen­sive sails.

I guess you have to test what is made avail­able to you but a boat with a huge club-footed keel, a draught of 5ft 7in, bow thruster, stan­dard sails and rig would be a very dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion, al­most a dif­fer­ent boat.

I still en­joy the re­views but a health warn­ing might well be at­tached to some of the con­clu­sions reached. Brian Bird

Chris Bee­son replies: With ground­ings in mind, there’s no dan­ger of char­ter com­pa­nies buy­ing the deep keel ver­sion, nor would the per­for­mance pack im­prove a fam­ily char­ter in any way. How­ever, you can only test what’s pro­vided and point out which op­tion boxes have been ticked, and Gra­ham did.

Boat test jour­nal­ists can be hard to im­press so boat­builders tend to sup­ply boats with lots of go-faster kit

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