As I said, looking at the polars, there is really not a lot of difference between the 40e and the 409, and for that matter, even the two Elans! The 350 while slower overall than the other three, still within what I would call the same limit. So from a boat length standpoint, the 350 to me is the fastest of the 4, with the 380 next, 40e then 409. Granted in reality as shown, the 40e is the fastest boat for boat.
Polars are fun to look at to see how a boat will perform.
Marty, that's about it, even if the two most amazing boats are the Jeanneau and the Elan 350. The Jeanneau because it is surprising to see a big production cruiser with a so good sailing performance and the Elan 350 because it is surprising to find in a top performance boat really good cruising potential. The performances are incredible, but the interior is also awesome.
I mean, this boat is not a slow boat upwind and downwind with lots of wind it will beat the crap out of the Dufour 40e and Elan 380. The boat is already as faster as the Dufour with 20K and with more wind, it just goes away. With 35k the Elan 350 will be doing more than 15k.
But the surprise is this interior:
It looks good on the photo, but I wanted to see if the boat had enough storage and if I could fit in. I am big (6.14ft), hate small bunks and not to be able to stand in the head. Surprise!!!!:
The front cabin is really long, no problem there. No problem also with the salon and the head standing headroom. Only the front cabin is kind of low, but that is not a problem for me.
Regarding storage, it is perfect, with a huge cockpit locker (that has to be divided), lots of space under the front bunk and overall good cabinet storage.
The head is big and has a big storage space for wet suits and boat gear. The galley is well designed and big enough, with a good sized freezer.
So this was a good surprise for me and also good news. It means I can live in this boat, not with the same comfort as in the others...but I guess that I will have as much fun sailing this one, if not more, than sailing any of the others. It will be certainly much more fun than the 409. And as a bonus, this boat has an huge cockpit.
Regarding comfort, with the 30 000 euros difference in price, I can certainly cruise a lot more "comfortably", if you know what I mean
. Not so much space, but much better wine, some lobsters, some expensive restaurants and nicer marinas, more airplane trips to Croatia, more sailing.
Yes, I am going to have the boat in Croatia. I loved the place and it is a good point to explore the Med: It is near Greece, near Italy, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily and its 2000 Islands have a lot to discover.