Originally Posted by RKsailsolo
Polux, that's some awesome documentation
you provided on comparison of design cues. Now you have me interested in the Jeanneau after seeing it dry out on its own keel and rudders. Looks like the Ocyeanis 38 can't do that. That's what I like about the small cruising cats.
Today there are not really bad boats. The competition is so hard that the bad boats go bankrupt but there are different boats so you have to decide what you want.
On the last post I said that I would prefer the Salona, but that is just me, that know what I like on a boat and my choice can be different than yours and that does not mean that a boat is better or worse than another, just that we appreciate and value different things on a sailboat.
The Salona will offer a good interior and a sailing pleasure (with multiple possible sailing tuning options) and speed that none of the other can offer. If besides cruising sailing is what you like, than in the States the only other option to Salona is the Dehler 38 (you have the J122 or the Bluejacket 40 but at a much higher price).
well and have a great interior and lot's of space. The Jeanneau 379 with a short keel like that would not be a match for the Oceanis 38 in what regards sailing unless they start mounting on it the new swing keel that is an option on the 349. look here:
Interesting Sailboats: MODERN SWING KEEL / MODERN TORPEDO KEEL (SO 349)
Other posts about that there. That keel will give you very low draft
and at least the same performance of the standard keel, if not better (some discussion about that).
Another thing you have to look at are prices: there are not bad boats but most come with a minimal equipment
and when you start to put equipment
on them, even sailing one, to have a good boat, then they are not inexpensive anymore and the most expensive standard boat can turn out to be the less expensive after all.
On the blog a "member" is interested on the Oceanis 38 and compared the price
of an Oceanis 38 equipped the same way with the price
of a Dehler 38, that has a much higher base price. Well now both boats costed about the same, the Dehler was even marginally less expensive and with better sailing hardware
Of course this was in Europe
and it is not necessarily true in The US but what is true is that you should ask for prices of the boats and equipment and then have all the boats with the equipment you want (the same to all) and only then compare prices. Besides that if the dealer sees that you are interested in several boats and are choosing on a price criteria they will offer you a good discount