Join Date: May 2012
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Re: Jeanneau 36i
We Just bought a 2011 39i after boat shopping and researching for years. We love the modern interior, and the layout
Is very functional. Someone said the head is tiny? Wtf? A head with a vanity and separate shower stall is NOT tiny! And the "garage" storage area behind the shower is a huge selling point for us! You just dont get that kind of storage in old boats of that size.
That 36i looks to be in mint condition! The engine only has around 500hrs on it, and looks pristine, so the idea that it needs rebuilding is nonsense. The canvas looks pretty good to me. Fogged windows can be cleaned up or replaced, but overall it looks like plenty of life left. The Raymarine instrument package is excellent. It's not the latest, but you can still get accessories and parts for it. Definitely does not need replacement! More nonsense!
There are always going to be traditionalists who turn their noses up at anything modern, but the fact is, boats evolve. Hull designs evolve. Modern boats have far more space in them than equivilant length vintage boats because they are beamier, and carry their beam much further aft. That extra beam allows them to increase tankage, batteries, and storage. 34gal of diesel and 95gal of water is pretty good for a 36ft boat! That extra beam aft also gets you a much wider cockpit, big enough for a permanent cockpit table. The beamy transom is great! Perfect for swimming, boarding a dinghy, or stern trying to the dock. That's something you will not get on an old boat.Yet somehow Marc Lombard has managed to design a boat with all that space that is still a very good sailing boat. That's progress!
Certainly modern production boats have some compromises. The sole is a laminate, not real teak and holly, but on the up side, it is more durable than teak and holly. Some of the finishings aren't as fancy as higher end "boutique" builders, but that is why the boat is more affordable.
The only thing I dont like about that particular 36i is the shoal draft keel. That is a deal breaker for me, but then I am in a region where shallow water is rare. All in all, though, by getting such a new, apparently lightly used boat, you will be getting something that likely does not have as many of the old boat problems such as water leaks, sewage smell, electrical issues and engine troubles. That boat is still in its prime.
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2011 Jeanneau 39i Azura