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Old 11-27-2020, 08:06 PM   #1
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Hi all
Just signed a contract to purchase a 2018 44 ST.I have been reading through all of the posts related to the 44ST.You all have provided great insight regarding the 44.Hopeing survey goes well and take delivery by end of December. Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Old 11-27-2020, 09:13 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new boat. Hope it all works out for you.
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Old 11-28-2020, 08:07 AM   #3
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I also have a 2018 ST44. I picked it up in October. So far no concerns.

Good luck with yours.
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Old 11-28-2020, 10:04 AM   #4
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Great looking boat.
I hope the survey goes well.
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Old 11-28-2020, 10:39 AM   #5
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Steve,


Sounds like a great time for you. Question: Is there any warranties that come with such a late model boat? Especially the engines?


And, do you have a GOOD Volvo dealer for engine maintenance? That would be my biggest concern as they are hard to come by on the west coast of FL. Especially one that can find parts.



I looked very seriously at that boat. Has a lot of nice features, plus speed, should one want to push it.



Keep us posted!
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Old 11-28-2020, 06:20 PM   #8
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Congratulations!

Does it have the VP D4? We had a D4-260 in the last boat. I really enjoyed that motor...it ran clean and was very easy on fuel. Easy to maintain as well.
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Old 11-28-2020, 07:39 PM   #9
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Congratulations! I looked hard at a 2004 42 with Yanmar 4cyls, but passed. The onboard facilities, space/volume is huge, even 2 heads/bathrooms/showers, very comfortable accommodation,modern fitout, good cockpit, lots of storage. I hope you get good positive hull and mechanical surveys. Enjoy.
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Old 11-29-2020, 11:08 AM   #10
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Hi all
Just signed a contract to purchase a 2018 44 ST.I have been reading through all of the posts related to the 44ST.You all have provided great insight regarding the 44.Hopeing survey goes well and take delivery by end of December. Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Read not only the posts here but on the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beneteauswifttrawlers

There are many known issues that are found on pretty much every ST44. Make sure you check for them / allow funds to deal with the issues.

I spent many hours reading about everything and was able to come up with a list that both myself and the surveyor specifically checked.

Given a 2018 should still be under warranty, get written confirmation of such and that all of Beneteau's crazy steps to maintain warranty were followed. IIRC Beneteau requires a Beneteau dealer to file an annual report on the vessel to keep the warranty going.
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Old 11-29-2020, 04:38 PM   #11
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Big thank you to all for your advice and well wishes
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Old 11-29-2020, 08:40 PM   #12
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Congratulations!

Does it have the VP D4? We had a D4-260 in the last boat. I really enjoyed that motor...it ran clean and was very easy on fuel. Easy to maintain as well.
Yes D4 300 Thanks
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Old 11-29-2020, 08:43 PM   #13
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Steve,


Sounds like a great time for you. Question: Is there any warranties that come with such a late model boat? Especially the engines?


And, do you have a GOOD Volvo dealer for engine maintenance? That would be my biggest concern as they are hard to come by on the west coast of FL. Especially one that can find parts.



I looked very seriously at that boat. Has a lot of nice features, plus speed, should one want to push it.



Keep us posted!

Yes the motors have a little over 2 full years the boat warranty ends 2/21
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Old 12-05-2020, 10:25 PM   #14
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Did one of you 2018 boat buyers get the one in MD?
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Old 12-05-2020, 10:57 PM   #15
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Did one of you 2018 boat buyers get the one in MD?
That would be me.
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Old 12-12-2020, 08:18 AM   #16
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St 44

We bought our 2012 ST44 new in November of 2012. We've had our ups-and-downs with her but would buy her again.

I like to keep in touch with other ST owners to compare notes and ask questions, so please feel free to contact me.

BTW, the Beneteau customer service has been nearly non-existent.
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Old 12-12-2020, 09:58 AM   #17
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We bought our 2012 ST44 new in November of 2012. We've had our ups-and-downs with her but would buy her again.

I like to keep in touch with other ST owners to compare notes and ask questions, so please feel free to contact me.

BTW, the Beneteau customer service has been nearly non-existent.
I had to write and call the CEO of Beneteau to get movement on my warranty claims. I had to get in the middle of dealer-manufacturer non-sense. Should not be like that but wouldn't surprise me to hear if its the same with other brands. I am still not 100% satisfied in the support received and have had to pay out of my own pocket to tweak/fix certain things. So I agree with the "ups and downs" statement but I know the boat like the back of my hand. I know what issues are replicated on pretty much every ST44 produced. This forum and the facebook group has been instrumental in my ability to understand and tackle many of the issues. I want to move to a 50-60 foot boat but trying to enjoy the ST44 a little longer as I poured blood, sweat, money, time, dozens of torn shirts, and maybe some tears into her.
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Old 12-13-2020, 05:32 PM   #18
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We completed the survey on Thursday. The boat performed well through the full RPM range. Throttle wide open RPM 3560.My surveyor did a great job identifying a few issues which will all be corrected by the dealer. The boat is still under warranty. I am fortunate to be purchasing the boat from the Viage group .Who I know from past experience offer great customer service. Hoping to close on the boat shortly. Thanks to all of you for sharing your ownership experience.
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Old 12-14-2020, 02:37 PM   #19
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Tips for ST44

I owned a 2015 ST44 from 2016 until three months ago. No significant issues (none that required either a mechanic or dealer). Engine parts from Marine Parts Source, excellent service and good prices. Zincs from Boatzincs.com, also great. Original house batteries needed replacement, grey water tank sensor also. Holding tank sensor needs periodic cleaning (not a fun job, but easy). Boat is solid, easy to handle, and well laid out. Enjoy!
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Old 12-14-2020, 02:52 PM   #20
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Congrats!
We love our ST 44.
is there a list anywhere for things to check? If not it would be nice to create one and be able to add to it.
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