Beneteau 31

October 2008 By Robert H. Perry
If smaller boats appeal to you and you are looking for a boat to cruise the local bays with your family this Beneteau designed by Finot/ Conq might provide the answer.

It’s a compact and beamy hull. The L/B is quite low at 2.75. The ends are short and the stern is very wide. This is clearly a boat designed with volume in mind and getting the most out of LOA. The D/L of this design is 172 and there is very little rocker to the hull profile. The prop shaft is captured in a fairing to avoid the need of a prop strut. The entry shows a bit of hollow and the stern is very full. There is lots of stability in that full broad stern but there is no doubt that a lot of the stern will dig in as this boat heels and you could suck up some white water at the transom. Two cast iron keels are available, one drawing 6 feet, 1 inch, and the other 205 pounds heavier drawing 4 feet, 5 inches. I don’t think anyone would consider this a hull designed for speed but Finot has a good reputation for designing fast boats that goes back well over 30 years.  READ REVIEW

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