After the Luffe 36.6, a narrow 37 fter, the Oceanis 38, a very beamy 38ft cruiser
The Oceanis 38 has been raising a lo of interest and some of its characteristics are revolutionary at least in what regards mass market boats, namely its interior.
A cruising boat is also a "house", a place where some live for extending periods of time and in what regards that particular the Oceanis has no compairaison with the Luffe 36.6...in everything except built quality, that is superior on the Luffe. Let's have a look comparing both interiors:
So, as you can see nothing to do in what regards living comfort, living quality and space. And I do not even have mentioned the cockpit space that for me is very important because even on anchor I live most of the time outside. That space is hugely bigger on the Oceanis.
Certainly the question is: Are the sail performance completely different and the amazing answer will be no. The Luffe 36.6 will be more rewarding sailing, almost for sure with an overall better performer specially upwind but in what cruising regards it will not be a very big difference with the advantage to the Oceanis in what regards sailing with much less heel and being much more stable and easy to sail downwind (and probably faster, given it the right amount of sail).
If I would cruise extensively and lived several months on a boat (that is what I do) I doubt that even for the same price I would choose a Luffe 36.6 over the Oceanis 38 even if they would cost the same and that is not the case being the Luffe more expensive.
If I used the boat less extensively in what regards living, then it would be another story and in what regards sailing pleasure I have no doubt that I would prefer the Luffe.
Regarding sail performance the nice hull of the Oceanis based on Open boat design give the impression that it is a very fast boat even in the category of performance boats. That is not the case and on a recent test with many cruisers on the water (light wind) the Oceanis was not even a match for a Varianta 37 (that is a downgraded and very inexpensive version of an Hanse) while the true performance boats like the Dehler 38 were incomparably better.
That has to due with weight the the poor running rigging, lesser control on the sails, less sail area (related with the boat RM). There is talk of a more sportive version. I doubt it because then the price of the boat would increase dramatically and what is going to make this a top seller boat is what the boat offers already for a very interesting price.