To answer some of the questions in this thread, I've owned my Oceanis
38 for 8 months now and have sailed it about 400 hours at this point.
As for the forward arch, it is three laminated ply of 3/4" ply. It's 2" thick total, with the middle ply being about 1/2" inset and what the forward bulkhead fits into.
There is zero flex.
I have the forward cabin
bulkhead (a $700 option) and have test installed and removed it once. It took about 30 minutes to install, and about the same amount of time to remove. It's not something you'd do every day, but something you'd do when prepping the boat for a passage
if you had others coming with you. We just put the kids
in the two aft cabins and shut their doors.
The boat likes to sail at 7 knots. It'll do that on pretty much any point as long as you've got 12+ knots of TWS. Trimming is almost unnecessary, because the boat just gets up on its chine goes irrespective. Close hauled to 55 degrees off true wind
, it will routinely do 75% of TWS to 8.5 knots, which I've done in 13.6 knots of TWS. Beyond that you're heeled over beyond comfort and the boat has made up to 10.3 knots in 25 knots of true wind
. Way past time to reef there.
I have the roller furling
main and the 105% RF Genoa
, and I don't use a spinnaker
. I've raced and beaten 41' boats with an asymmetrical just going wing-on-wing dead down wind in light air, and did 4.5 knots in 8 knots of wind. Weight forward to the bow, using a long whisker and back-tension to keep the genoa
clew stable, the boat goes downwind just fine. Downwind performance is good enough that I've not bothered with a spinnaker
but will add one eventually.
The question of handholds is always there with pictures of this boat, and I'm not sure why. They're ample, with handholds everywhere in the cockpit
and mid-deck to the rigging
. Foredeck is open. In the cabin
, there's always a handhold because all of the surfaces have a rail you can grab, and the center table is solid and what you normally lean against, with the compression
post acting as a cabin center handhold. I move through the cabin all the time on a 20% heel with no issues, and I've been offshore
in serious wave action over days and had no issues.
Starboard side seating in the cabin on a heel is limited to one person or the forward open berth, which is what winds up happening with our kids
. Never really been an issue, but there is a bench there if you don't get the galley
option. Never seen a boat that didn't have that however.
Bottom line is that it's a very accommodating, fast boat that is easy to sail. I've lived at sea for years, sailed for over 20 years, and currently own three sailboats, so please avoid presumptions that I somehow don't know what I'm missing.
The boat interior
is very "Ikea". That's a legitimate observation, and if that style is not for you and the interior
decoration of a boat is more important to you than its sailing characteristics, don't buy this boat. It's also true that photos of it look larger than it actually is in reality--the open cabin is great, but it's not the cathedral that it appears to be in pictures. I too was taken aback by how "not huge" it was in real life compared to photos. Irrespective, its the perfect size boat for my needs and a good blend of bay day sailor, offshore
weekender around the channel islands, and Baja
passage-maker for me and my family
I own hull #3. #1 is currently doing an Atlantic circuit and in the Caribbean
having left France
six months ago.