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JEanneau started about a year ago, maybe 2 now max, building at the SC plant where Bene builds boats. So far only the 36i and 39i. Plans were/are in the works for the 30 and 33. But with new models coming out, not sure if the smaller ones will make it. Hopefully so.
Jeanneau does sell there boats as ocean capable, many do sail the oceans. Local dealer owner took a 49iP to Oz and back from the seattle area with wife and twin daughters a few years back. I've seen a pic where one of the daughters was steering the boat doing 15-18 knots with AS up in 20-30' seas, and mid 20 knot winds. This boat any way, very capable off shore. Another fellow took a 39iP from Lk Ontario to the med and back with his family.
Window wise. not sure what to say about it.... altho some of the newer models are like my mid 80's model, where it appears like the window is huge, but the actual openings are smaller once you get inside. As the windows are a large single piece of plexiglass in my case, put on the fiberglass cabin shell, with plywood on the inside. Appears to be about 1x5', but there are two aprox 8x16" windows in this area.
I have not heard of any windows breaking on the owners site. If there would have been, I am sure someone would have posted not only there, but here or equal as well too. Then again, it only takes one major issue sometimes for folks to go haywire on the net these days.........
I'm not going to say Jeanneau's are better built per say than H, C or B's, but certainly on par to a skoosh above IMHO. They are still built like many to a price point. Certainly do not try to compare one to a Swan or Oyster! I do feel they are one of the better common built ones, this includes a few brands that are close to as big in Europe. Europe seems to have MANY builders around like NA had in the 60's to early 80's, many brands to choose from, but the luxury tax killed a lot of them. Elan, Salona, Delphia are some others with similar build you do not see too many over here.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!