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Re: Oceanis 38

Originally Posted by JAndersB View Post
My wife likes going upwind - and still picked the Oceanis 38 as the boat of the show in the in water boat show at Hallberg-Rassy in August And I guess the video did not harm that picture in any way.

We have discussed the boat before and I still think we should look at this boat with open eyes. Despite very small sail area and bad sails the boat sailed well when I made a brief test in light winds. The same noted Seil-magazine from Norway in their short review of exactly the same boat, as did Swedish magazine testers.

I think hull is interesting, B/D-ratio very similar to many other contemporary designs today, including many of the new, beamy twin-rudder, chined French boats and the Elans, not to mention the other less expensive boats from Bavaria, Hanse etc.

Small rig with bad deckware can ratherer easy be replaced and retweaked with main sail traveller in cokpit etc. and the arc is perfect for stowing cockpit canopy against, a la Malö-style. At least up here the canopy is a constant problem as beeing to complicated to handle and stove.

Interior wonderful in our opinion. Can be tewaked for your own style. I have for instance through 7 different boats now tried to find decent saloon layout for 3 persons to watch TV in in comfort but failed so far. Elan 333 from 2003 leading in that deparment still.

And my old Oceanis 40 was as good going to weather, in 25-30 knots of wind and the similar short waves of perhaps 1,5 m as Paulo mentioned from the med, as my previous boat, a very different Dehler 43 CWS. When I test sailed the RM1200 in 2009 it was much worse than the Oceanis. Yes, I know RM 1200 is not a wave piercer either but still twice the price. With twin rudders now on the Oceanis 38 perhaps also the broaching-problem when ower pressed is solwed to a big extent.

I totally agree with Curt Gelin, the Swedish memeber in the European yacht Jury: "Beneteau has something nice here - new rig and better hardware and it could be really interesting."

Anders -

Yes, I have to agree with you that just looking at the hull design and interior, the Oceanis 38 is a boat with tremendous potential. As you note, with a more powered-up rig and improved hardware / rigging, this would be a very interesting boat indeed. Mainsheet controls definitely have to come off the arch and into the cockpit somehow, and winches will need upgrading - frankly, I'd be happy without the arch altogether, since its sole function is to get the mainsheet out of the cockpit, so ladies in evening gowns don't trip over it.

But ultimately it is that hull and interior concept that I find appealing, though I will reserve judgment until I have a chance to step aboard at the boat show (whenever that is, since I just missed the one in Newport).

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