Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32

Best Production Cruiser Under $150,000

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The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32 is one of several new boats whose decks are built using closed-molded resin-tranfer technology. Requiring an expensive investment in steel male- and female tooling, the technology works like this: glass fiber is placed between the molds, the edges around the molds are sealed, and resin is then pumped through the laminate. The result is a fiberglass part finished on both sides with gelcoat. The judges were most impressed with her performance. "Perfect balance," said BOTY judge Ralph Naranjo of the steering. Pushed along at 6.7 knots by an 18-horsepower Yanmar, she was a quiet boat under power, with 81-decibel noise readings in the saloon. Best of all is her price: At $85,000, she’s the second least expensive boat in this year’s fleet.

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