Let's look at another interesting 38ft, an Italian one. It is not really new (2008), but I like it a lot. I love the looks
The Comet 38s it is fast it's very well made, has a quality interior even if not for all tastes. It has a small defect (not any port hull) and a big one
: It is expensive.
The boat has an unusually high ballast/displacement ratio (36%) probably because on its standard version does not have a bulb (can have one as an option).
The boat is really fast and the speed with light wind is great. On the Yacht magazine test they measured with 10k wind
42șTW - 6.3K ---- 60șTW - 7.2K ---- 90șTW - 7.8K ---- 130ș - 6.9k ---- 180ș - 5.4K
on the Solovela test they measured with with between 10 and 16K
(without geenaker) :
30șAW - 7.5K ---- 60șAW - 8.4K ---- 90șAW - 8.1K ---- 120șAW - 6.8K ---- 150AW - 6.5K ----- 180AW - 6.1K
This is boat really excels in upwind performance it is a relatively narrow boat with only 3.73m of beam, light (6400kg) and with a lot of sail (80.6m2).
On Solovela they say about it:
"Fast on the water: Very good response at the wheel, soft and comfortable on the wave passage and very good effectiveness of all sail regulations....it is on the sea that the Comet 38s show its essence: the capacity of transmitting to the wheel man information and emotion...a true thoroughbred"