Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37
2000 February 7 By JOHN KRETSCHMER
There’s a lot of boat for the buck in this newest French cruiser
The new Sun Odyssey 37 by Jeanneau just may be the best buy at this year’s round of boat shows. Designed by Jacque Fauroux, the 37 debuted in July 1999 and replaced the popular Sun Odyssey 36.2.
If you needed proof that the merger of Jeanneau and Beneteau is working, look no further than this handsome sloop. Built in France to Jeanneau’s time-honed construction standards, the 37 Sun Odyssey is a performance-oriented cruiser with spacious accommodations. And it has one feature that is especially appealing: a sail-away price that few builders can match. Even if the companies were completely independent operations, Jeanneau and Beneteau would still be the two largest sailboat manufacturers in the world today.
Rupert Holmes looks back to the late 1990s at the still popular Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 and Sun Fast 37 cruisers.
By Rupert Holmes July 6, 2015
The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 is a popular and spacious family cruiser that was also offered in a more performance-oriented guise, as the Sun Fast 37.
This Jacques Fauroux designed 37-footer helped to set new standards in accommodation in cruising boats of this size when it was first launched at the very end of the 1990s. In addition, it also provided reasonable sailing performance, especially in the Sun Fast version, which offered a deep bulb keel with a draught of 2.07m allied to a larger rig. As a result both models proved popular, with production continuing for some seven years.
First impressions of Jeanneau’s latest offering are very favourable, writes Vanessa Dudley – not least the ease of setting sail
It’s not every day that the opportunity comes along to take a new yacht for its very first sail. In the case of this outing on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37, however, it quickly became apparent that the sails had not previously been raised. European Marine director Mark Elkington, and Victorian representative Steve Bond were busily fitting battens into sail pockets, connecting sheets to sails and taking plastic wrap off fittings when I arrived at the boat at Melbourne’s Pier 35.
Having bumbled my way through the initial launchings of various smaller sailboats over the years, I found it impossible not to be impressed by the orderliness and organisation of the Sun Odyssey’s set-up, direct from the manufacturer in France. Like the other major international players in the recreational sailboat market, Jeanneau really has got its supply game down to a fine art. Assembling the boat looks easier than piecing together a child’s meccano set, and when in doubt you can consult the comprehensive owner’s manual.
|Hull Type:||Fin w/bulb & spade rudder||Rig Type:||Masthead Sloop|
|LOA:||37.44′ / 11.41m||LWL:||31.75′ / 9.68m|
|Beam:||12.08′ / 3.68m||Listed SA:||552 ft2 / 51.28 m2|
|Draft (max.)||6.33′ / 1.93m||Draft (min.)|
|Displacement:||14175 lbs./ 6430 kgs.||Ballast:||4453 lbs. / 2020 kgs.|
|First Built:||1998||Last Built:||# Built:|
|AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)|
|Water:||70 gals. / 265 ltrs.||Fuel:||30 gals. / 114 ltrs.|
|RIG AND SAIL PARTICULARS KEY|
|I(IG):||44.78′ / 13.65m||J:||12.53′ / 3.82m|
|P:||39.04′ / 11.90m||E:||13.91′ / 4.24m|
|SA(Fore.):||280.55 ft2 / 26.06 m2||SA(Main):||271.52 ft2 / 25.22 m2|
|Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles):||552.07 ft2 / 51.29 m2|
|Sail Area/Disp.2:||15.14||Est. Forestay Length.:||46.50′ / 14.17m|
|BUILDERS (past & present)|
|More about & boats built by:||Jeanneau (FRA)|
|More about & boats designed by:||Jacques Fauroux|
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