Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349

by Matthew Thomas

It’s always great to be asked to review and test sail a new yacht, especially one that has already garnered numerous awards and not only was voted Cruising Worlds 2015 “Best Import Boat Of The Year and Best Pocket Cruiser”, but was also awarded the 2014 Consumer Choice award for Best Monohull over 30″ at the recent Miami International Boat Show.

Walking down the dock, my first look at this ‘pocket cruiser’ was of a smart, well balanced design with twin wheels, a chine extending well forward and a simple, double spreader rig. Classic Marc Lombard lines, like the entire Sun Odyssey range.

Billed as an ‘entry level’ performance cruiser by Jeanneau, it’s really an unfair description as this yacht has been extremely well designed, is optimized for short-handed sailing and comfortable inside with two or three large double cabins, as well as a huge bathroom with a separate shower, something seldom found on a yacht this size.

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