Can you share your thoughts about the 2008 Jeanneau Sun Odissey 36i as a family cruiser (in Portuguese if you like)?
Hi PMCunha and welcome to the thread
I have an opinion about the Jeanneau 36I and it is about the same as these guys:
I'm thinking of buying my first boat for mainly weekends and vacations involving coastal stuff around the UK and maybe sailing her to the Med. I'm also hankering after doing the very occasional long passage - perhaps to the Azores and back.
I come from a big yachtie family and they all insist that I should be looking at nothing else but long keel, heavy displacement boats like Hallberg Rassys, Malos, Vancouvers and Island Packets - that sort of thing. The trouble is, these boats are 2-3 times the cost of a mass production boat. While I can see the advantages of extra tankage, huge stability and the ability to hunker down at sea in a Force 11, I just can't justify in my head the extra cost of buying this peace of mind for the sailing I plan to do. In truth I probably couldn't afford it anyway.
I've just come back from two weeks sailing a Jeanneau 36i and she was a sweet as a nut in winds upto 28 kt and sea states of 4-5. So I'm sure she could handle the occasional big blow. She was fantastically gentle and well mannered. No matter what combination of sail we put up, she never seemed to show us excessive lee or weather helm. Build quality looked good - for the price - and everything worked OK. I've also sailed Bavarias, Beneteaus, Westerlys and Vancouvers and none felt as good as this one. ...
Lived aboard a 2007 Jeanneau 36i for the last two years. The Jeanneau will probably have a lower PHRF rating than the Hunter (mine's 117) meaning that it should be faster. I think you'll find the "fit and finish" and attention to detail better on the Jeanneau. The 36i has a nice head with stall shower. Due to modular construction, the galley on the 36i is the same as the 39i.
Not sure about parts sourcing on the Hunter, but the Jeanneau is a Euro boat--Swedish bilge pump, Italian hoses, great British (Lewmar) hatches, etc. It's all good gear, but as things need replacing (just the bilge pumps so far) I'm getting US-made equivalents. The engine is Yanmar and it's bulletproof. All the deck hardware is Harken (US) and well thought out. I single hand with no problem. The Jeanneau is more of a traditional rig with a 130% genoa, so you'll probably fly a bigger asym spinnaker than the Hunter will hoist. I use an ATN sock which makes flying the asym easier.
Bottom line: Both are good boats that will work for you. Sail them both with your wife (and maybe even daughers) along and see what feels best.
P.S.---If you're looking at new boat and have the resources, I highly recommend you look at the Jeanneau 36i Performance. Deeper keel, taller rig, faster boat.
But they have an advantage ovr me and that is that they have sailed the boat and I have not
I also agree with CJMojo in what regards the 36i performance that seems a lot more appealing to me.
The boat is very elegant and the Marc Lombard design is still very modern, already with a high profile bulbed keel and the beam brought back to a large transom.
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But if the boat you are considering is this one at this price:
JEANNEAU Sun Odyssey 36i , Diesel, 117.500
I would say that you should have a look at these Hanse 40 in Italy:
Hanse 40 yachts - Vendita, barche Hanse 40 usate, nuove e in charter
The jeanneau is a great boat, one of the best among 36ft but will not be a match for an Hanse 40, not in seaworthiness, not in speed and most of all, not in storage space that is one of the few things where the Jeanneau 36i is not very good. Probably the Jeanneau would have a nicer interior for most (me included) but with some luck you can find an epoxy Hanse and that would more than compensate a not so cozy interior even if one very functional and a lot bigger.
Off course if you can bring that price really down, that is another story