From a yard that’s still relatively unknown in the UK, the Salona 380 looks set to present the established performance cruisers in this size range with some serious competition, says David Harding
If any sector of the new-boat market is tough to break into, it’s the one for the 38ft performance cruiser.
Look at the builders who are there already: Dehler with the 38 and Elan with the 380/E5, for example.
Then we have the Arcona 380, the slightly more cruisy Xc38 and, arguably with a little less of a sporty tilt, Hanse’s 388.
Given the availability of these, you might wonder why anyone looking for a sporty not-quite-forty should consider a boat from a Croatian builder that relatively few people in the UK have heard of.
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