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Jeanneau sun odyssey 34.2
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Description: Jeanneau sun odyssey 34.2
Keywords: Jeanneau sun odyssey 34.2
 


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Review Date: Thu August 31, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Excellent medium/light family cruiser suitable for occasional racing. Wide cockpit, massive cabins and great headroom, for a 34 footer, make this a good live aboard or day cruising boat. Sails great to windward and is very fast when reaching. Powerful motor (30 h.p.)is very quiet & smooth & makes it good for strong tidal waters like ours in North Wales. Although the coach roof mounted winches is and unusual system it works well, keeps the crew safe inside the boat but we would recommend fitting the spinnaker winches. The second water tank is a must. Rig is high aspect ratio and efficient. We have full length battens with lazy jacks - works very well. Perfectly balanced and sails hands off.
Low price but with heavy good quality fittings. Even the Amiot fittings have been god on ours and the HArken winches perfect.
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Registered: February 2003
Review Date: Fri February 7, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sun Odyssey 34.2, Build 1998, Shallow draft keel 4`3", 2 Cabin Ownerversion, Yanmar 3 Cyl. Inboard Diesel 27 HP, In Mast reefing Mainsail, Furling Genoa,
Sails by Elvström, Autopilot,
VHF-Radio, Autohelm Bidata, GPS,
extra watertank, Shorepower with aut. charger and extra Battery,
Stereo CD-Player/Cockpitspeaker,
Cockpittable/cushions, Bimini,
Stainless Steel Anchor, el. windlass, Teakcockit, etc.
Oppurtunity to own a Boat in like new condition at the beautifull
adriatic coast. Registry & Owner
German, VAT piad, detailed List and Photos on Request.
Upgrade with a Eberspächer Heater and delivery to Holland Belgium
or Eastcoast UK is a possible option. Price 47900,-- GBP
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so34chi
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Registered: March 2009
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 3
Review Date: Tue March 31, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Interior room, fit & finish, responsiveness
Cons: Shoal keel, two winches, stock traveler sluggish

A print review described the SO34.2 as a "family cruiser" which is quite apt. It has good cabin comfort for its size, particularly saloon headroom, aft berth space ("owners version", and head space. Cockpit size is OK for four and crowded for more unless they're children. It's an easy boat for newer sailors to handle, which is not surprising as it was apparently designed specifically for the Mediterranean charter market.

This is a very good boat that's hobbled by the shoal/bulb keel, which limits its upwind pointing ability, and having only two winches, which causes sheet management challenges and limits the ability to fit it out for performance. It is quick in close through broad reaches, responsive, and seldom ill-behaved. Construction is traditional, with glassed-in bulkheads and such. No hull liners or other production shortcuts.

Our boat has been modified to remove the traveler cam cleats down to the cabintop, which eliminated the awful sheet binding in the poorly-conceived Amiot traveler. Much smoother and quicker now. We also rigged a dual mainsheet, one end on each side of the cabintop, due to the winch management issues with the standard single. Both of these changes help greatly with trim in heavy wind.

A Kiwi feathering prop was also fitted just after we bought the boat two years ago. A great bargain, it is incredibly responsive and powerful in reverse, does well enough forward, and neutralizes the prop shaft until speed exceeds 6.5 kt, whereupon its a good idea to follow normal procedures and put the engine in reverse.

The Admiral, who was totally smitten with the port side elongated galley arrangement when we were boat-shopping, now considers the oval saloon table and settee arrangement to be anti-social and undesirable. A matter of personal preference, really. Cabin storage is good for its size.

The Yanmar 3GM30F engine is not as accessible as I would like, but there have been few problems in performing routine maintenance. The stock primary fuel filter was replaced with a Racor located behind the transmission, so it is accessible to drain.
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