After another strange year of living our new versions of ‘normal’, naval architects and boatbuilders around the world continued to do what they do best. As a result, 2021 produced another host of fantastic boats that are now available to buy.
This year, Sail Magazine awarded the Best Monohull Cruising Boat Under 40′ award to Jeanneau’s new arrival, the Sun Odyssey 380.
This new 380 model replaces Jeanneau’s 389 and is in the middle of the other four models in the Sun Odyssey line. The design features a hard chine that runs from stem to stern, twin rudders, twin wheels, and an optional lifting keel that draws 8ft 10in in the down position and promises great performance upwind. The combination of fantastic boatspeed and comfort make it perfect for anyone that wants to get places fast and in comfort.
The fractional rig includes a Seldén mast and no backstay, so you can spec a square-top traditional hoist main for more sail area. Add a 110 percent genoa on tracks, a reverse bow (the bottom of which sits just above the waterline at rest), and a bowsprit for a Code 0, and you have a performance-oriented design that’s easy to handle even when sailing short-handed. Jeanneau’s famous “walk-around deck” has made it down to this size which is a treat, as you can walk from one wheel all the way to the bow and then back to the other wheel without having to climb over the cockpit coaming. The drop-down transom extends the already expansive cockpit. Lines are led aft and the winches are close-at-hand allowing them to be tended from the helms.
Layouts include a choice of two or three cabins with one or two heads. The master is forward with an angled bed and an optional second head. Aft, choose from two cabins or a single cabin and large storage area. In the latter iteration, you can also specify a separate stall shower to starboard that doubles as a wet locker. The interior is bright and airy and combines traditional functionality with contemporary design. This is a fun, great-looking boat in an easy-to-handle LOA.
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