In the saloon, there's a generous U-shaped dinette, full galley, and nav station. The galley may leave one wanting for counter space, but the layout does add to the open, airy feel of the 385's common area. Our test boat had been extensively cruised, and even with cruising cargo, it felt lively enough. But after only a light-air test sail, I asked Peter Thompson to provide a description of sailing in more memorable conditions:
"I was with my wife, going around Land's End at about 2 in the morning," he said, "and it was blowing Force 8. She turned to me and asked, 'Are you happy?' I said, 'I'm happy as hell.' And she said, 'That's a good answer.' But from a more pleasant point of view, the best time so far was our four-day passage to Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, with the kids. Just walking around the boat and enjoying being at sea."