Join Date: May 2012
Location: North Vancouver, BC
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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i
I have been researching our next boat, which will be our retirement boat, for years! I have walked many docks just looking, and of course surfing way to much Yacht Porn! We have agreed for years that the Sun Odyssey 37/ SunFast 37 would be the ideal boat that would fit our budget, and check off the vast majority of our wish list. And then last year we were invited aboard a 39i, and we fell in love! She had such beautiful lines! And that transom...nice and beamy! But the best part? Those beautiful twin wheels! It opens up access to the transom so nicely, and also provides some excellent helmsman seating options! The permanent cockpit table doesn't even feel like it would bother me much under sail, and it even provides an ice bath for my....water bottles! The interior is very much what we liked in the older 37. We are particularly fond of the 2 cabin head layout. The separate shower will be a great place to deal with wet gear, and the cavernous "garage" with built in parts drawers will be perfect for our 3 inflatable kayaks, cockpit cushions, and all the other stuff you end up hauling around! The Aft berth is huge and has great storage. In fact storage throughout this boat is amazing! Not only are there plenty of cabinets, there is also a huge amount of useful storage under the sole.
Unfortunately I have yet to sail one, but by all accounts they are pretty decent performing boats. I don't have any delusions about it performing like a B36.7 or 40.7, but I am reasonably confident it will be quicker and more enjoyable to sail than most furniture boats in our price range. I would love to get my hands on a Performance model with the taller mast and deeper keel, but sadly there aren't many of those in my area. What I am not crazy about is the mainsheet being on the cabin top. I would like to be able to trim both sails from the helm position, so I already have the idea in my head to rig a german sheeting system like they do on the 409.
I would love to hear what 39i owners have to say about their boats. I would love to hear comments about performance, handling or any other thoughts you have about your boats.
2011 Jeanneau 39i Azura