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Re: Oceanis 38 to buy or not to buy

You'll have to do some investigation... some Beneteaus, esp US built ones, may well have lead keels. In point of fact the 'bolts' (actually studs) on a cast iron keel might be changeable much more easily than any lead keel, depending how they are installed. Many are threaded into threaded holes the main keel body making individual replacement, even afloat, a 'possibility' if necessary - something not do-able with the typical cast-in 'J" bolts of the typical lead keel.

IMO an iron keel is not a deal breaker provided it's been looked after and properly sealed and protected from oxidation.. any visible rust upon haulout is not a good sign.
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Re: Oceanis 38 to buy or not to buy

i own a 1999 381, we love it and hope you enjoy it if you are going ahead.

Keel bolts were replaced on suggestion of surveyor and seem fine since.

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Re: Oceanis 38 to buy or not to buy

Hi paddy, bought our 96' Oceanis 381 in September 2011 (UK) and have never looked back, i dont know what the draught is of the one you are looking at but ours is 1.62mt with a flared keel base, also has furling main, as for pointing I think she points very well and also fast in most winds. As for keel bolts, I believe all EU Benetubs have iron Keels and problems are not common, i checked and cleaned of the heads with a wire brush and painted, surveyor was not concerned at all. In fact a friend of mine hit a rock in the Channel Islands in his Oceanis 331 at about 6 knots, being convinced there was serious damage he had the boat lifted only to find just a dink to the base of the keel. Any questions drop me a line.

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Re: Oceanis 38 to buy or not to buy

I have owned a 381 (1999) for five years and we are thrilled with her.
We did replace keelbolts when we purchased. I see some rust now that it is hauled for winter and I will attend to that. Marina claims to be able to fix it.
No other problems. Enjoy it.
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