The DS in the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39 DS stands for deck saloon. In this case that's a bit of a stretch; the house is higher than on the boat's racier sister, the 39i, but seating isn't at deck level. Semantic nitpicking aside, this is a good entry onto the cruising-boat scene. Designed by Marc Lombard/Garroni Designers, the moderate-displacement hull, with an iron-bulbed fin keel and balanced spade rudder, make this boat fun to sail. Even on our light-air test day, we close-reached at nearly the wind speed, and the boat was light on the helm and easy to guide with a flick of the wheel. Under power, we got 7.3 knots at the 2,500-rpm fast cruise and 6.3 knots at a more economical 2,100 rpm.