My GF spent half a year in Nantes for a study exchange program and desires to go back there on vacation maybe next year. I told her, that the only possibility to go there is taking me with her and visit Jean-Pierre. I am so curious about this guy after reading what you say about him (and said often before as far as I remember). The 38 FC seems to be a little underpowered in light airs but otherwise a perfect compromise for me especially with the low draft twin keel.
Why isn't there any (real) test on this boat that is at least BOTY in France...? I did not even find a polar...
I am so grateful for you posting here. I learned so much the last months.
Thanks. It is for guys like you that I post. It is a pleasure to know that my passion is useful to others.
Regarding JPK, I had the pleasure of talking with many interesting builders, many passionate about what they are doing and always interested in hearing experienced sailors and their suggestions but with JPK is more than that: Not only he had received the experience of many top racers (solo and crew) as he is himself an accomplished solo racer so with him if you let him talk and say what you want, he is going to suggest you solutions that come from a huge personal and shared experience, that includes cruisers that like fast boats.
Not only you fell that he has pleasure in discussing that with you as he is willing to modify what is needed to fit the boat to your needs. He understand that is important.
Regarding test sails on the JPK 38 the boat has been extensively tested by the two main French sailing magazines. It was even elected boat of the year by one of them in an election that is a very curious one because it involve not only the magazine boat testers but plenty of readers. They all tested sailed the boat against many other sailboats (with 40k winds).
Regarding the boat having not enough sail area unless you are racing the boat and are a very good sailor, I am pretty sure that is not the case (regarding the sail area). Remember that today in light winds you sail with a code 0 or a geenaker. Anyway if you really interested in the boat, with plenty of time I guess JPK will be able to ask to a client to let you aboard to test sail the boat. If you are not used to these type of boats you should try it before you buy one to see if that is really what suits you.