Yachting Monthly reviews the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379
What’s she like to sail?
I worried for the performance of this shoal-keeled version: would the skinny centreplate see her disappear off sideways? In fact she held course very well and felt like a bit of a refuge after the muck and bullets of the Dehler. There was a notable sense of calm. She sat on her chine, rarely heeling beyond 20°, and the twin rudders kept her going in a straight line. There was no-one tending either main or jib sheet because it wasn’t necessary. She’s restful, not as stimulating, but I felt better protected.
What’s she like in port and at anchor?
Both cabins have over 6ft 2in headroom, bags of stowage and are very comfortable, though the aft cabin, unusually, has better natural light and a hatch under the sprayhood for all-weather ventilation. The galley is of a similar design to the Dehler but bigger with more work space, and the heads is bright, well ventilated and much more spacious. Her fixed table is great for bracing and ready to entertain the moment you drop the anchor. The twin wheels make it easy to walk through to the drop-down bathing platform. The one nonsense I’d address is to knock through the cockpit locker into the huge stowage space below so I could get at it from deck.
Would she suit you and your crew?
This boat is designed for a cruising couple with an extra cabin for family or friends. She’s very comfortable so you don’t need to compromise your standard of living and you could happily spend a couple of weeks aboard without wanting for anything. She sails well – fairly nippy but well behaved and entirely non-threatening. Her ability to dry out opens up all sorts of cruising possibilities.