I just came across this thread, so I will be definitely late for influencing your buy.
We purchased a new Salina Maestro in Sep 2010 after hearing that she was the best sailor out of the FP range.
We went to La Rochelle and took the boat to Greece
for the winter.
I have not sailed the Orana
, so I cannot make any comparisons, however, I tend to agree that a longer boat should sail better, carry more weight and be more comfortable.
We covered about 1,900NM in 3 weeks and we did many multi-day trips.
Since there were just me and my wife, I never pushed the (new) boat, but just took it easy.
We sailed the North Atlantic in up to 32Kn, broad reach or running on Jib
only and the autopilot
Because of our time constraints I never sailed if it require beating to windwards, so I cannot really tell you how well she would beat, however I found her very responsive and never lost
We motored against some 25 to 30kn NEly from Ibiza to the North tip of Sardenia for 3 days and while we certainly did not like it, she did it well, always on one engine
for 5 hours then the other.
At 2300 to 2500rpm averaged 6kn.
She is now in Greece
and we will get back there in a couple of months to start our new life aboard.
huge space, so many wardrobes that even my wife could not fill...
Space for guests with private facility and storage
, great saloon
with large home-like kitchen, nearly 360 degree views from either sitting or standing (tall people need to stoop to see far...).
Sense of security
and ease to get hold of something in rough seas.
Good visibility from the helm
, toe rails, rub rails, all lines to helm
Square top fully battened main. Boom bag and lazy jacks.
FP claim this is the evolution of all the experience gained with the hundred of Bahias built, and I agree, for a production boat it is great.
creaking and rattling: now, this was a real nuisance as it was there 24/7 while underway. FP said they will fix it in Marmaris, so, keep an eye on this post for feedback.
too small: I had trouble passing the large mooring
lines I was given in all the ports
in the Med over the forward cleats
, they are OK for lines up to 25mm (1"). I was caught twice in ports
with big surge while in Med mooring
style and both times I broke a stern cleat, even though I had the biggest rubber snubbers on the market.
FP say I am the only one with this trouble and will not install larger cleats, but will send me two replacement ones as a goodwill gesture. I am not happy with this attitude, but i will have to live with it and install larger cleats at my own expenses.
So, all in all, would I recommend such a boat for for wannaby cruisers?
It depends, if the creaking/ rattling cannot be fixed, then NO, you cannot live with that while trying to sleep underway.
If they can fix that, YES. I can change the cleats myself....
There is a video