Originally Posted by Edward3
Hard to go wrong with any of the boats you speak of. J/122 very capable.
The Opium has to be everyone's dream boat for short handed.
The Olsen 38 Pilot Saloon must not be from the same Santa Cruz ULDB Olson???
J/122 looks nice but too long and too deep
Opium 39 lovely but too wide as per above. And with 3 double cabins rather big.
Olsen 38 was a very nice boat, mad by Olsen Yacht in Denmark. Basically it should qualify in this thread because up till today I have not been able to find an as good performance deck saloon in the 35-39 feet bracket by far. Only Luffe 43 DS is close (and a copy in my mind). And I have checked many. Mine this was destroyed by fire in 2007, hence the Oceanis 40 in a hurry. Only 12 has been made and the latest 2007 I think. Very nice sailors cockpit, hardly wisible deck saloon, wacuum glued teak deck, lots of smart finesses, like a performance version of the Southerly. They can still make them bout out of the mentioned budget.