I have read a boat test with the Jeanneau
349 and the Oceanis
35 (Voile magazine) and I can add some information:
35 with the shallow draft keel
is a very stiff boat that can carry all sail with 18k of wind
remarkably well for a centerboarder and has a wheel
a bit heavy. For a centerboarder has a good performance upwind and can sail at 50º off the wind and tack in 100º. They say that even if not testing side by side, the Oceanis 35 feels a more powerful boat. That has certainly to do with the much bigger beam and probably that it will make it slightly fast on a beam reach and downwind, as I had said before.
349 with the Swing keel, as I had said before, has a sailing performance as good as the one with the deep keel (Marc Lombard, the designer
said that probably even a bit better because the CG is just a bit lower) it has a very light and precise steering
. The boat has a remarkably performance upwind and can tack in 85º.
They would have preferred the Jeanneau with a backstay (that comes standard without one) but it seems that a textile one can be mounted.
It seems that I had judged correctly the two boats on a previous post. They could not test the performance on light winds but I am pretty sure that on those conditions the Jeanneau will be faster.
Anyway, good news in what regards the Oceanis 35 with a centerboard
that for that type of boat sails
remarkably well and is very stiff.
I hope it helps.