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Hi - I saw the one in Annapolis, 1983, it is the only Jenneau listed in Yachtworld in Annap. I just looked at the listing again and it does look like a very nice boat. 4ft keel w/centerboard. Actually, I think the boat is a nice boat in good shape... I looked at it quite some time ago and really don''t remember a lot about it. It is definately worth looking at. I did not look the deck over much.
I would not be surprised if it pointed better than the C36. As for seaworthiness, fittings etc, I really cannot comment on the Jeanneau. I have heard that they can be bluewater boats, but really don''t know. Practical Sailor seems to be OK on them but they are not Hinkley''s or Bristol''s. They are a "production" boat like Bene''s, Catalina etc. I would just look at the hardware and fittings, rig etc and decide. I don''t think you can go wrong though.
As for the C36, I am sure its not a racing boat and may not be the sailor that other boats may be but I am attracted to its moderate displacement, conservative design, strength of its heritage. Also, when I looked at the fittings, rig etc I found all top notch gear. I drove the broker nuts taking apart most of the boat: (1989 boat) looked at the fuel tank - NO rust at all, good placement, holding tank fine, through hulls were seacocks (Marlon ?), 1:19 rigging 1/4 to 5/16", hull was flawless, hatches were perfect, no leaks at all, chainplates well and strongly secured to major bulkheads and a structural member, bulkheads tabbed well to the interior. What can I say? No surprises, very good boat, excellent value (I cannot afford a Hinkley :O)
I am sure if you make a list (I did) and thoroughly inspect the Jeanneau you will find it a good boat as I did the C. Having looked at a bunch of boats, I find having a list and making the broker show me everything (also demonstrated good access to things on the C) is most important. Jeanneau is a boat that was definately on my short list.