We expect to be in the market for our next boat this year and my wife was completely smitten with a C380 that she toured last summer. There are two performance questions that I have and I hope that some C380 owners will respond.
One C380 owner I know characterizes the boat as a fresh winds craft that is readily immobilized in light airs. His boat has the wing keel
. Do others find this to be the case?
The same C380 owner notes that his boat is not particularly competitive sailing upwind. Two other owners of wing-keel 380s don't seem concerned with their boats' upwind performance. This brings up the question of whether there is a significant difference between the wing keel
and full fin keel in upwind performance.
We will not be considering in-mast furling
boats and have a bias toward full-depth keels.
For those who might be tempted to respond with the usual anti-Catalina diatribes, we are Great Lakes
coastal cruisers, are aware of your concerns, and are also contemplating some fin keel boats with blue water offshore