Designing a successor to the Salona 37, one of the most respected European yachts of the decade, can’t have been an easy task for J&J Design. Little wonder the Salona 38 retains most of the 37’s DNA, with the odd chromosome tweak here and there. Although almost identical to the 37 in coach house and deck layout the 38 has some important differences: strip windows down each side of the coach house streamline appearance, and the more vertical stern provides additional cockpit length and width for an improved twin-wheel layout. The Salona 38 stays true to the original design in preserving a relatively narrow coach house, with wide sidedecks. This thinner house slightly restricts headroom at the beam ends of the saloon, but the plusses are wider decks for easy crew movement and a narrow shroud base to allow tighter headsail sheeting angles and complete freedom in overlapping jib design. The Salona 38 comes with an excellent performance pedigree and in standard trim should make an ideal cruiser and club racer. Optimised boats have great potential as IRC/ORC racers, while still being usable as cruising yachts.