Thread: Beneteau 38
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Old 18-12-2014, 09:26  
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Re: Beneteau 38

Originally Posted by RKsailsolo View Post
Why did you go with the 35 vs. the 38?
Thanks RK!!

We were in a process of buying a much larger boat but run into to some unforeseen complications in my plan to make it happen this year. Instead of delaying the purchase by 2 years, we decided to go with the "smallest big boat" that we really liked. We had the Bavaria Cruiser 33, Jeanneau 349, Catalina 315, the new Hunter 31, and the Oceanis 35 on our list to checkout when we went to Annapolis. The list was quickly reduced to the J-349 and OC-35.

Regarding the 35 vs 38: I'm married but we don't have kids. We don't anticipate many overnight guests. We don't need a large forward berth since the aft cabin is huge in the 35. I'm 6 feet tall and the aft cabin feels massively large (the aft cabin in the J-349 felt tiny and was one of the main reasons we didn't choose it). In my opinion, if you need a large forward berth, the 38 is the way to go. Otherwise, the 35 gives you practically the same boat with lower slip fees etc. For the two of us, we saw no reason to go with the 38.

Good luck with your selection process!
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