With a unique and flexible design, the Beneteau Oceanis 38 is going to evolve with your sailing style in mind By Andrew Cross
Being that I am slightly obsessed with sailboats, I usually get excited when something new and bold hits the market. It is a rarity, though, when I am overly enthusiastic to see the interior of a boat first—I guess I’d much rather be on deck actually doing the sailing then dwelling on the finer points of joinery and fabric selection. But when the design specs and marketing material for the Beneteau Oceanis 38 first came across the nav desk of my home office, I thought, “Wow, this is new.” Working to create a boat that is as diverse as our modern lives have become, the Beneteau Oceanis 38 is a boat designed for everyone. With three models to choose from—daysailer, weekender or cruiser—you can literally configure the boat for your sailing style. And this boat has style in spades.
In stark contrast to the rainy days of the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, the Tuesday after the show was sunny, breezy and nearly perfect to get any boat out for a sail. With six of us aboard we set out from Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard in Back Creek and wove our way through anchored boats as a fresh northeasterly funneled down the creek.