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post #21 of 27 Old 02-29-2008
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Keel

Ski - I think the metal keel would work if done right. The current keel is lifted easily without a winch so that would be another mod.

I would love to attend a Jeanneau rendezvous, the SJ are a ways from MN, but I trailered her once from Baltimore, so maybe.

I may try to attend the South Haven RV someday too.
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Guys, extra weight in the board will of course stiffen her, but the extra loading in the bilge area would mean more engineering to prevent the bottom ripping out. They only build em to their calculations. I do like the look of the Sun best of the 3 though, and for a yacht to have a dedicated website with hundreds of keen members has to tell me something.Maybe Ill rig a trapeze and hang over the rail
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No trapeze needed...

Just a single reef at 15Kts or more than one person on the rail. There is a lot of sail area (mast is a lot longer than the boat).

I single hand a lot so I am running all lines aft. The reefing system is nice so easy to do from the cockpit with the lines lead back.

Do you plan to use a slip or trailer?
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Im getting a marina berth for a year, then I will trailer her further afield
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JP. I usually single hand too. How far offshore do you dare venture in your 2k?
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Ease of trailering

I asked because the Jeanneau and the Benny both have similar standing rigging are not "easy" to set up each time. I made a mast rigging system, copied from the Jeanneau model. It cost me less than a 100 USD vs 700 USD + for the option through Jeanneau.

If you were going to trailer, you may be happier with the Jeanneau. It is very easy to get on and off the trailer.

They are all great boats. I wish we had these options in the US. There are a few older B210 and 211, but all have the shoal or fixed keel and I wanted the swing, beacuse I keep her on a lift.

I have not been offshore, the Great Lakes are in the future, but I will stay in sight of the "coast."

My son and I spent a weekend aboard and had a great time. I added alot to the interior, storage, electric, lights, fans, and mini bar!

Mainly use for fun and daysailing off the lift. See my pic on my profile.

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If the Sun will suit you the best for your type of needs, buy the thing! i am sure there are "better' built boats out there per say. But then again, what are you going to do with it? it may very well be built to the specs etc you need, spouse if there is one likes etc.

A number of folks on here bash the not sure I want to say it this way "entry level" or coastal cruiser style boats.......but they serve a purpose! many like myself, like my 85 Arcadia, warts and all. I like JP find my boat needs a reef at about 15 knots depending upon the headsail I have up. The 142 yes at 15knots, the 110 I can go to 20-22 before reefing!

Yes there are many on the owner site that post, I think I have seen JP on there, Zanshin another whom posts here posts there, as do I using my name vs handle here.

As Alex mentioned, the three you are looking at, all have positives, all have negatives, none do everything well! So choose your poison per your needs, do not look back, and enjoy the boat!

On this side of the Atlantic, we pretty much have Catilina, Hunter, and MacGregor for 20-25' TS style boats, I think if you put all 6 next to ea other, all would have positives and negatives. I am remembering one other, but the name escapes me for trailering too!

If you by the sun, welcome to the Jeanneau owners group! Sends some pics to Malcolm on the JO site!

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I drives me dinghy!
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