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Sorry I am late to this discussion, I don't follow this board very often. My boat is a SO40, my only problem with the boat was finding one configured the way I wanted it. You might like to read my thought process while boat searching.

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Every boat is a compromise, cost, performance, maintenance, usability and comfort.

Iron keels if properly maintained are fine. One advantage is bottom paint sticks. I don't think I have ever heard of a boat being lost because of an iron keel.

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I think the Jeanneau's are great production boats. The only big negative I see is their use of iron for keels. I think lead is a better material to use for keels. Lead is more forgiving then iron if the boat goes aground; There is less maintenance and less to worry about with regards to glavanization. You need to be careful about the keelbolts in iron keels as well as their attachment points. You have to maintain a barrier coat on the iron keel as well as ensure it continues to be completely encases--you don't have those issues with lead. Other than that, they are quite nice for the money.

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The sunrise IIRC is about 34-35'. At the time, probably a race-cruise to cruise-race style boat. The Ginn Fizz was more of a cruiser per say. It can be found in both a ketch and sloop rig. The ketch IIRC is a much lower build % than the sloop.
If you like these two, also want to look for the SunShine 36/38. The only real difference between the 36 and 38 is the 38 may/should have what i will call a true sugar scoop stern. There is also a regatta version that has the surgar scoop fill in, into a normal looking solid transom, but really raked backward! This allows a bit more waterline at times, so a faster boat. Some even had a taller mast/more SA etc, ie the regatta version. The Sunshine is an early Tony Castro design, as is my smaller version the Arcadia. Also, a lot of boats of this era, do not have some interior niceties that some like, ala a shower, hot and cold running water. Wood work frankly I feel is better, a bit more solid wood/teak used, and better quality teak plywoods. But being as teak is harder to find, not as good etc, the newer models are using a ground teak to make the look of todays models, be it a Beneteau, or Jeanneau.
The boats of this 80's era were built when Bangor Punta owned Jeanneau, along with Cal, O'day, ranger to name a few others. You can find some Cal and O'day versions of some Jeanneau's, built here in the states with that boats name tag. An Oday 39/40 IIRC is the sunfizz, and the Cal 9.2 a "Rush" IIRC. having a hard time looking this combo up. Both the Rush and Cal 9.2 are Ron Holland designs.
If one goes HERE, you can find differenc models and names, with specs, and also on the left upper side of the page, some alternitive models, depending upon when built, by whom etc. Like my boat, Arcadia, became a Sn Way 28 after Bangor Punta folded, the French government found a buyer/take over company to keep Jeanneau open for 10 yrs or so, then in 98?!?! or there abouts, Group Beneteau took over the franchise. Henri Jeanneau who started the company around 1959 or so, started literally building what became some of the fastest motor race boats in France, then branced out to cruiser and a sail boat that sold something like 2500 hulls! The rest is history to say the least. SO racing is in the brands blood much more than cruising in reality. They at least are building fast cruisers vs SLOW cruisers.


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I cant see the reasoning here in relation to steel or lead having more or less shock absorption. There seems to be a conception that we all go around slamming into immovable objects, when lots of the boats like mine have encapsulated keels and yes I have ran aground more than once but only in mud or sand. I would rather hit coral or rock with something more forgiving than fiberglass. At the end of the day its swings and roundabouts.

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We have delivered lots of Jeanneaus. They are very popular in Europe - good value for money, and generally with reasonable performance and sensible designs.


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We've been extremely happy with our Jeanneau. She sails like a rocket on rails with furling 135 genoa and furling main with NO battens. Some would try to argue that can't be done. While not a high end brand, our is very often mistaken for one. Probably the majestic blue paint job.

While Jeanneau is owned by the same company as Beneteau, they began separately. I recall, when they merged, that Benie affirmed they would not change the manufacturing process of Jennies, which I understand was a bit superior and a bit more expensive. I believe they kept that vision.

I have to admit that I think the pre-2008ish era had better mechanical fixtures and I prefer the teak work from those days to the new manufactured teak. But, if you like a contemporary look, the new finishes would be very appealing. Clean and bright.

I have not sailed the newer series boats, but do have a friend that recently delivered a 509. He said it was unbelievably fast.

In the end, when shopping for our current boat, we found ourselves comparing all others to her. She is the perfect balance of sailing and living for us. She is better designed for coastal cruising than blue water passage, but perfectly capable of the latter. I believe you buy the boat for what you intend to do with it 90% of the time, as long as she can handle the exception or two. That's what we have.

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