Interesting? Amazing! Do you think, there is also any cruising potential?
And why not? I like a lot these small shipyards that are run by enthusiasts and sailors that can adapt the boat to each owner needs and desires. Of course if you want a boat with the specifications of the one that won the world championship it will be a week cruiser type but they can adapt the boat for whatever you want, even for long range cruising. The interior is a nice one for cruising.
The boat has standard a diesel tankage of 150L that is more than enough given the brilliant sailing performance and only 100L of water that makes it a cruising boat with about a week autonomy. But I am absolutely sure that they can duplicate without any problem that tankage and even triplicate it if that is what you want.
There are more boats like this one, some very expensive, like the Sly 38 that is one of this year nominee for the performance European boat of the year but also others not as expensive like the IT 1098, from the same designer. It looks a lot more classic but its performances has nothing of a classic boat.
Regarding the world ORCI championship that was run in Finland this year the classification was this:
1º NM 38S, 2º (with the same points and the same number of won races) Salona 37, 3º Modified First 36.7, 4º NM38S, 5º X-332s, 6º Salona 37.
It is a pity that while the world ORCI championship is growing in weight and dimension it is still a top amateur championship and that means that the boats racing are most of the time local boats (in this case, North of Europe) and that just don't give us an overall perspective. Off course those guys have great racing boats and race at high level so that means that the NM is a very competitive boat.
The Nm38 have been winning not only in the North of Europe, it won also the Italian championship. The second was a Comet 38s (with the same number of victories). Another NM 38 come in 3th, a GS 37, another Comet 38, a M37 and a Italia 10.98 were next.
The M37, also a Mario Cossutti design, is also winning a lot. Also a very beautiful boat:
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Salona is also winning races. Besides that second place on the World ORCI championship, a Salona 35 won Garmin Hamble Winter Series, a Salona 34 won Helsinki Tallinn Race and a Salona 37 won International Caribbean Conservation Regatta.
Have a look at the Comet 38s, probably the one with better quality interiors:
02/12/2007 - Comar au Salon Nautique de Paris 2007 por Voilesnews
and the Salona 38
All great boats