I will keep you posted if I testsail the RM1060.
By the way, I was a little bit suprised about you saying you would prefer the Elan 380 over the 350. I like the interior of the 380 better than that of the 350 since I am only 171 cm long and in the 380 I can see out of the windows while standing, in the 350 (and the 410) they are too high up. And I also realise that the 380 might be quicker considering both up and down wind. But, even if I always sail upwind also, not motor, is it not for the joy of having a rush down wind we go sailing (not considering the G&T at anchor of course).
Let me explain a bit better. I find the 350 a sweet boat and I would have preferred a 380 that looked like an over-sized 350, two rudders and all. But what you have are the boats like they are, including the price you can get them.
When I have said that I would prefer the 380 over the 350, price matters a lot. They are selling the 350 very well and they maintain the prices high and discounts low.
The price of the 350 is a bit misleading: the basic price is alright but then there is a large number of extras and the final price is a bit high (for a 35ft). They are not selling well the 380. Not that the boat is not good but the rating is worse than the one on the 350 (the 350 win on compensated time over the 380) and most of the guys that buy that kind of boat makes club races. I don't want to race, I want to cruise fast and they offer big discounts on the 380, carbon mast and all, making the difference in price to the 350 really small (both boats fully equipped).
I have tried the Elan 380 in Slovenia (its a sweet boat) and the owner of the boat I test sailed is a serious racer. He sails all the Slovenian championship (Slovenia is the homeland of Elan) and sails all the time against the 350 and we had a talk about it (he was not interested in selling his boat
He says that in real time the 380 is always faster, upwind and downwind and that in compensated time sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses but he admitted that he loses most of the time (the 380 is an incredible boat upwind and to plane downwind needs two more knots of wind, compared with the 350). His boat was a top spec boat, carbon mast and all, but he had mounted dracon sails for going cruising with the family.
I raised some doubts about the comparative performance of the two boats but he was so sure about it that he pointed to a 350 that was sailing on the other side of the bay (we were in Portoroz) with racing sails and all and said: Let's go catching them (cruising sails an all)
Unfortunately the wind died out and the other boat went to the marina so I could not have that verified personally but I have no reasons to think that he was not telling the truth.
So what I have are two boats (350 and 380) with not very different prices, one slower and with a smaller interior other faster and with a better interior. I choose the faster one with the better interior. It seems logical to me