Re: Oceanis 38 to buy or not to buy
I have the Oceanis 393, 2003 model year, and enjoy her a lot. I sail with little kids, and so need to be able to handle most of the tasks single handedly. The in-mast reefing is a bonus for that.
The bottom paint had some adhesion problems and was just flaking off in sheets. In 2010 I had to take all bottom paint off and sand blast the keel, then epoxy the entire bottom (4 coats) and then a few coats of bottom paint. Lot of work, but well worth it. Look closely at the adherence of the paint on the bottom.
I really do enjoy this boat, and sail with a family of 5, so the size is just right.