Instead, I got my first sail on the new 49i (the "i" refers to the injection-molded deck) last summer during a visit to Bayfield, Wisconsin, and Superior Charters, which is the Jeanneau dealer for that neck of the woods. The company had just taken delivery of a new boat for its charter fleet, and though the boat was booked up solid, I managed to borrow it for a couple of hours one morning and go for a ride. This 49i was dressed in standard white gelcoat and came with a 5-foot-7-inch shoal-draft keel. (The boat normally comes with a 7-foot-1-inch keel.) Using the optional bow thruster, we had no problem leaving the dock and the confines of the marina. Under power in light chop on Lake Superior, we cruised right along at 7.7 knots with the 75-horsepower Yanmar turning at 2,500 rpm; the readout on the GPS jumped to 9 knots when we ran wide open at 3,300 rpm. With the breeze coming on, we rolled the main out of the Sparcraft mast, pulled out the 140-percent genoa set on a Facnor furler, and sheeted in to see what the boat could do when closehauled. In about 10 knots of wind, we saw speeds in the mid 6-knot range, and when we cracked off onto a reach, we added another knot.