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Re: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i

One would need a dry suit to survive in the conditions mentioned if kayaking etc. Otherwise, you are on your own if you fall overboard in any kind of low temps. Even fisherman in the gulf of Alaska only don drysuits, or equal when it appears the boat is going down!

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Re: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i

Yes, when kayaking in those temps, a dry suit is wisest. However, when the mother ship needs to be abandon, a life raft would be my preference. You canít don a dry suit very easily, especially in stressful conditions. You must practice putting on a Gumby suit. If the water is flat, a dinghy will work.

The only relevant point about the kayaker was that it takes time to find someone in open water. He reportedly was wearing a pfd and still could not easily be located. You need to buy time.


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Re: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i

So, now that everyone has had a chance to weigh in on the liferaft debate, I will get back to the original purpose of the thread, which was to offer my impressions and experiences with the 39i, which might benefit people who are contemplating purchasing this model in the future!

We just got back from our first holiday on the boat. We spent 2 weeks in the southern Gulf Islands of BC. We were fortunate to have enough wind to sail for almost all of our travel days, although most of it was upwind. While her pointing ability and upwind performance is not quite up to scratch when compared to race prepped boats, she seemed to stack up pretty well among other cruising boats on the water. We were even able to hang with boats that were motor-sailing.

The nice thing about the 39i is that she is just to easy to sail. The small headsail makes tacking upwind much easier than boats with big genoas, although there is still some grinding to do if you have a bad tack. It is nice to be able to do it from the helm position! So far we have found the boat to be incredibly forgiving in all conditions including upwind and close reaching in 25kts of wind. Even when the boat is heeling way more than it should, the helm still responds quickly thanks to her deep, powerful rudder.

We finally got to test out our new A1 Asymetric spinnaker, bowsprit, and top down furler. We had perfect conditions, beam reaching with 11kts apparent wind, and we were trucking along at a respectable 8.5kts with the occasional burst of 9kts in the gusts, all while lunch was laid out on the cockpit table! It was all very civilized! I cant wait to see what she can do with a low drag prop and a new mainsail! I have no doubt we could get her into the double digit boatspeed if we push her harder! When it was time to douse the spinnaker, the furler made it simple and drama-free, and we didnt even have to leave the cockpit!



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Re: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i

Nice looking A-S Sail! If I could afford to move up, the 36i would be getting a really long look. It certainly seems to check a lot of boxes for me. Seems to have a lot in common with the 39.
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Thanks for creating this amazing thread
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Re: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i

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Nice looking A-S Sail! If I could afford to move up, the 36i would be getting a really long look. It certainly seems to check a lot of boxes for me. Seems to have a lot in common with the 39.
Yes, I was looking at a 36i that was just down the dock from mine last week. They are very similar on the outside, the biggest difference is the single wheel on the 36i vs the twin wheels on the 39i. The 36 still has the nice wide transom and swim platform.

On the interior it looks like the 39 gains a bit more space and larger closets in the forward and aft staterooms, as well as a larger head and shower stall on the 2 cabin model. The salon and galley look pretty much the same.

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Re: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i

Nice boat! Glad thay you're having such a good time with her.
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