Beneteau Oceanis 38

4.6 from 7 Reviews


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Can be built to a buyer’s individual preferences

John Wenz  
Reviewed Sep 2016
Beneteau’s Oceanis 38 combines strong sailing performance and a roomy cockpit with three below decks accommodations choices, each intended for a different purpose ranging from daysailing to extended cruising...
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So much to choose from

Mark Pillsbury  
Reviewed Sep 2016
At first glance, the 38 fits squarely into the present Oceanis look and lineup of sailboats ranging from 31 to 58 feet: hard chines, considerable beam carried aft from amidships, fold-down transom, twin wheels, and a fiberglass arch over the companionway that serves as an anchor point for the mainsheet and makes a very handy frame from which to hang a dodger...
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Sparkling performance and stylish design

Erin L Schanen  
Reviewed Sep 2016
There was a time when only the largest production boats were customizable. But why should only owners of big boats get what they really want in an affordable production boat? Beneteau recognized owners’ desires to have the boat they want, without much compromise, regardless of its size, and in doing so have managed to create a 38-foot boat that sails and feels like a much bigger boat.

Beneteau’s Oceanis 38 comes in three versions depending on what its owners plan to do with it...
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Beneteau Oceanis 38 – Yachting Monthly review

Chris Beeson
Yachting Monthly  
Reviewed Sep 2016
The Oceanis 38’s performance is respectable. I would expect half a knot more upwind but otherwise she doesn’t let herself down, and the furling gennaker makes a big difference to performance, particularly in lighter winds. You can reach the Harken 46 primary winches, optionally electric on this boat, to handle the jib sheets but the mainsheet is managed from the port Harken 35 coachroof winch rather than being led back to the wheel, so you wouldn’t be able to gybe singlehanded with any great ease.

The cockpit is comfortable enough for the crew, with decent coamings and good bracing against the table, but one of the crew will have to be tasked with mainsheet duties...
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Should win plenty of followers, whether cruising or racing

Kevin Green  
Reviewed Sep 2016
Motoring out of the busy Palma harbour I pointed the Oceanis 38 into the easterly sea breeze then gave the helm to my host, Thomas, while I wound the halyard on the electric H46 to quickly hoist the mainsail. Going off the breeze I unlocked the Genoa outhaul and pulled the sail out easily then clicked the electric primary winch to trim before taking the helm again. All done in barely a couple of minutes and without breaking any sweat whatsoever. I was anticipating a rather dull performance in the lighter airs with the drag of the hull and twin rudders, but was pleasantly surprised to feel the Oceanis 38 pick up speed strongly to reach 6.1-knots boatspeed in the 15-knot breeze as I pointed upwind at 41-degrees...
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