is relative to what you intend to do with the boat. The standard shoal draft
E38 needs to be reefed a little earlier than expected to keep it on it upright and sailing efficiently. There is still plenty of keel
weight to keep the boat stable you just need to learn how to reef. Now is it the perfect high latitude circumnavigator ideal for days and days of 30-40kt winds, well no. Is it great for the Bahamas
, or anywhere else a shoal draft
is a real benefit, yes definitely.
If you check out the Ericson
board there are several members that have cruised the E38 and can back it up. One member
specifically used to spend half a year, each year in the Bahamas
on his and seemed very pleased with it.
Comparing my boat to a standard shoal draft would not be fair with the added keel
bulb. With a 130 genoa
I can carry full sail up to 16kts or so comfortably when running upwind. Full sail with puffs to 20kts or so is also fine. Off the wind
full sail to 20+kts or so is easy and stable. I've run for hours at 25-26kts on a broad reach with no issues at all. Yes, this is overpowered but she doesn't seem to mind at all. No tendency to get squirrely or round up. The only time she will be squirrelly is in a quartering sea, which I have been told is due to the IOR influenced pinched stern. But I let the AP drive and its no big deal. When I need to the first reef in the main will get me to 22-24kts upwind but I usually roll the genoa
up a bit as well to balance the boat. No loss in boat speed and more comfortable. There is no reason to sail my E38 with the rail in the water
, its slower. Keeping the rail about 8" off the water
, or @13-15* seems about right.