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Hood 38 Vs. Pretorian
I have had my Hood 38 for 26 years, and probably will for another 26! We have sailed thousands of miles: in the Baltic, crossed France by rivers and canals, cruised throughout the Med, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound.
Needless to say I think the Hood 38 is a great boat. A well sailed Pretorian will be just a bit faster to weather, but we are faster on a reach or run. The difference is the stub keel and centerboard vs. the Pretorian's more efficient fin keel. But the speed to windward is pretty close.
I like the Perkins with shaft drive in the Hood 38, it seems to have less problems than a friend's previous Pretorian which had a Volvo and a sail-drive. There were a few Pretorians with convential shafts, but few were imported into the US. We have a 2 bladed MaxProp which works well.
Both are well built, even overbuilt. The layouts are similar, but everything inside the Pretorian feels 10% smaller (which it actually is). If you are over 5'8" tall, you will probably prefer the Hood 38.
Ours is a Mark I model, with an aft cabin. The Mark II model is more traditional, and maybe a bit harder to find. Mike Locatel at Discovery Yachts in Seattle is the local expert in finding and selling used Wauquiez boats. He knows them well.
Don't worry about the centerboard - it is well encased in the stub keel. In most conditions the boat doesn't point much better or have less leeway with the centerboard up. The rudder shaft is hell-for-stout, and should not be a worry either.
Let me know if you have questions. gary at g k wood . com (remove the spaces)
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