Quick Look: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i

Andrew Burton reviews the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i for the 2007 Cruising World Sailboat Show.

January 31, 2007

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i shares many of the qualities of the 39 DS. Thanks to a generous beam carried well aft, interior volume is greater than one would expect on a 39-footer. The boat’s a breeze to operate under sail or power: The helm is light, and the boat responds obediently to a flick of the fingers on the wheel.

Halyards, reefing and furling lines, and the mainsheet are led aft to winches on either side of the companionway; primary winches are on the coamings just forward of the twin wheels. The big, triangular cockpit is comfortable for lounging, and a centerline table has plenty of room for six to dine alfresco. A hot-and-cold-water transom shower is handy to the broad swim platform.

The roomy forward cabin has a large V-berth and ample storage space in hanging lockers and on shelves, due, in part, to Jeanneau not trying to incorporate a second head into the boat. The saloon is large, airy, and comfortable. A wraparound dinette to starboard, just forward of an L-shaped galley, has seating for five or six.


A settee berth is opposite, just forward of the nav station. On the two-cabin layout, the spacious head to port features a separate shower with a seat.

On the three-cabin layout, the head is considerably smaller and doesn’t have a separate shower. Owners can choose a large aft cabin to starboard or twin aft cabins. All staterooms have fore-and-aft double berths.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i Specs

LOA: 38′ 10″
LWL: 35′ 1″
Beam: 12′ 8″
Draft (standard): 6′ 6″
Sail Area: 667 sq. ft.
Displacement: 16,094 lb.
Water: 94 gal.
Fuel: 34 gal.
Engine: 40-hp. Yanmar
Designer: Marc Lombard/ Jeanneau Design
Price: $172,000
Jeanneau America, (410) 280-9400,


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