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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 3802023Request Price
Designed by naval architect Marc Lombard with interior styling by Piaton Bercault, the Sun Odyssey 380 complete with the award-winning walk-around deck, follows the same design trend of its predecessors the Sun Odyssey 410, 440, and 490. Designed with performance in mind, the Sun Odyssey 380 features a powerful hull with a long graceful waterline. A large cockpit, twin wheels, dual rudders, an integrated bowsprit, and a high aspect Selden rig combine to deliver an exceptional sailing experience that even the most competitive sailor will appreciate. Engineered for choice with a variety of cabin configurations available, the Sun Odyssey 380 features a traditional layout in a contemporary style. Whether overnighting, entertaining, or day sailing, the Sun Odyssey 380, like the 410, 440, and 490, strikes the perfect balance between performance and comfort.More…11
Jeanneau 542023Request Price
Every aspect of the Jeanneau Yachts 54 is designed to fit the way you live, like no other yacht in her class. Never before seen solutions are found throughout, from the clever VIP interior layout to the spacious living cockpit and the easy and discreet management of the tender and the innovative aft terrace. Every detail and function has been considered to enhance life aboard and the cruising experience. The Jeanneau Yachts 54 is born from the close collaboration of Philippe Briand, who’s chined hull and elegant deck profile ensure seaworthy handling and timeless looks, and Andrew Winch’s meticulous approach to every ergonomic detail and the selection of high-end materials that echo the look and feel of his super yacht pedigree.More…33
Jeanneau 652023Request Price
After the tremendous success enjoyed by the Jeanneau Yachts 64 over the past 8 years, comes the all-new Jeanneau Yachts 65. Designed by Philippe Briand with interior styling by Andrew Winch, the Jeanneau Yachts 65, complete with the award-winning walk-around deck, sets a new standard for vessels of this size. Designed with world-cruising in mind, the Jeanneau Yachts 65 features a powerful and proven hull and is offered with a variety of sail plans and rig options. A key feature of this exciting model which has proven so popular on the Sun Odyssey range is the walk-around deck, enabling easy access when moving fore and aft as well as in and out of the cockpit. Like its predecessor, the Jeanneau Yachts 65 has been optimized for on-deck living. Spaces specific to the operation of the boat, lounging, dining, and access to the sea have been carefully incorporated into the design of the boat to create an environment that is both comfortable and practical. Engineered for choice, the Jeanneau Yachts 65 is a semi-custom yacht offering a variety of layouts to meet the needs of our clients. Down below, the interior can only be described as being open and contemporary, offering two choices of finishes and a host of different fabric and color options. The onboard systems have been uniquely engineered for reliability and comfort aboard while the equipment itself has been carefully selected for both quality and serviceability around the world. Given the tremendous achievements of the Jeanneau 64, the Jeanneau 65 is ideally poised for even greater success as she takes to the oceans of the world beginning later this year.More…11
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 3492023Request Price
From the very first glance, the Sun Odyssey 349 captivates with her sleek lines, generous interior volume, and inviting cockpit. Designed by Marc Lombard and true to the values of the Sun Odyssey line, the 349 is the perfect combination of performance, comfort, and safety at sea. Whether in the cockpit or at the helm, at anchorage or at sea, you will love this seaworthy, stable and easy-to-handle sailboat. Escape from the everyday and get your family on the water in this high performance cruiser, which can comfortably sleep six people! With two or three cabins, a spacious salon and a very functional galley, the Sun Odyssey proves both well appointed and inviting. High quality woodwork accents an incredibly bright, well-lit interior.More…28
Jeanneau 552023Request Price
Innovative, bold, and original, this Jeanneau Yachts 55 is a direct and uncompromising response to meet the needs of sailors who love to travel and who appreciate beauty. This sailing yacht offers a world entirely constructed around its owners, headed for a unique cruising experience. Faithful to the spirit of the line – with elegance, high performance, and comfort for offshore sailing and longer voyages – this sailboat does not hesitate to break from tradition to better meet the expectations of avid sailors headed for far-off destinations. Designed as a true private apartment, in an unprecedented layout, the forward owner's suite occupies fully two-thirds of the interior. Refined, bright and comfortable, the Jeanneau Yachts 55 is well equipped for cruising with full peace of mind. The main companionway provides private access to the owner's suite, opening onto the forward cabin, and features numerous handholds for safety on board while under way. Two cabins with private bathrooms enable guests to enjoy perfectly independent living spaces, accessible from the cockpit by two separate companionways. On the exterior, the Dual Cockpit takes on new meaning. The aft is dedicated to relaxation, featuring: two saloons, one U-shaped and one L-shaped, which each convert into sundecks, and a gigantic hydraulic swim platform. The twin helms are positioned forward, and even feature an exterior chart table with a GPS screen and autopilot controls, all sheltered by the hard top and the wide, wraparound windscreen, offering remarkable visibility. These innovations enable you to cruise in all seasons and latitudes, placing the pleasure of sailing back at the heart of life on board.More…6
Ideal for overnight cruising and racing these Cruiser/Racer boats vary in length from 22ft to 92ft and can carry 4 to 18 passengers. There are a wide range of Cruiser/Racer boats for sale from popular brands like Beneteau, Catalina and Jeanneau with 560 new and 2,286 used and an average price of $130,613 with boats ranging from as little as $6,105 and $3,731,007.
Modern sailors sneer at “racer/cruiser” as an overused marketing term, designed to make any race boat appeal to “the wives” or any cruising boat appeal to a buyer’s competitive instincts. And looking at today’s specialized craft, it’s hard even for me to remember back to when most owners and their crew slept aboard the boat during race events—on full-length, comfortable, foam-cushioned bunks.
Specialization is the natural result of evolution, and sailboats have certainly evolved over the past four decades. But many sailors want to race and cruise (and some aren’t quite sure yet which they’d prefer), so builders are still trying to meet that need. There’s also something quite special about a boat that can bring home the silver and then, only a few days later, provide a comfortable home for a long-distance cruise. For all these reasons, the racer/cruiser has survived the age of specialization—and the term is not as unspecialized as it might sound. Let’s delve a little deeper into what really defines this type of boat.
Most racer/cruisers are between 35' and 50' in overall length. Smaller boats will usually be too cramped for a comfortable cruise, and boats over 50' are generally built for either racing or cruising; trying to make them appropriate for both would be too expensive. The Dehler 46 is a good example of a racer/cruiser at the larger end of the range. At the bottom end, the Dufour 36P “might just be the boat that brings credibility back" to the term racer/cruiser.
Racer/cruisers are a collection of compromises. In a few areas, priorities peacefully coexist; for example, the deck should be easy to get around in either mode. And most cruising amenities like dodgers, biminis, and cockpit tables can be removed, so they won’t interfere with race-pace boathandling and maneuvers. Other areas will require hard choices. With a little planning, it is possible to maximize the crossover potential. Here are some suggestions.
The standing rigging should be high-tech enough to be low-stretch and low-windage, but also have enough margin of safety to be worry-free when shorthanded crews are caught in an unexpected blow. Sticking to a middle-of-the-road rigging package will also save money, since specialized racing kits are more expensive.
The rest of the rigging and deck layout should allow for efficient sail changes, but not be too complicated or expensive to maintain or replace. Doubling up on spinnaker and jib halyards is a win in either cruising or racing mode; sail changes will be easier when racing, and the extras can serve as backup while cruising. Leading those halyards aft to the cockpit, though, is really only good for cruising. Racing sailors will prefer the speed and reduced friction of “jumping” a halyard at the mast.
Fuel or Not?
The hardest choice to make will be the roller furling jib. Most cruisers consider furlers a must since they make reefing and sail stowage so much easier. Racing sailors cringe at the shape of a furling jib, never mind the weight and windage and basic obstacle of that furling drum right in the bow. Harken and Facnor both offer a removable furler drum option, but that can be a pricey solution that doesn’t dramatically improve sail shape. The best approach is to choose a mode and live with it, especially for the first few years of boat ownership. It is possible to race with a furling drum in place, just as it’s possible to cruise without the convenience of a roller furler.
Back in the '70s, we could get away with using the same basic sail inventory for both cruising and racing—though even our family crew had a couple of specialty racing sails. Today, any competition more serious than the Wednesday night beer can series will require a separate inventory. Modern sails are simply too specialized (and too expensive) to cover both modes. Racing sails cost more, and they are less durable and harder to handle. Cruising sails will sacrifice a little speed for a longer lifespan and easier handling.
Once we go belowdecks, the wish lists for racing and cruising diverge completely. A well-appointed cabin (enclosed head, comfortable bunks, galley, chart table) is a necessity for most cruisers. For any kind of serious racing, this “furniture” (a term used with a sneer by racing sailors) becomes a worrisome obstacle. Dragging sails across bunk cushions and varnished grabrails is likely to add water and scratches to both. Open acreage below also makes it easier for the poor sewer rat to repack all those racing spinnakers.
Any boat marketed as a racer/cruiser will have a few bunks, a basic galley, and a head with a curtain or door to wall it off from the rest of the cabin. Beyond that, it’s easy to tell how close to the cruising end of the spectrum a specific boat model is designed to be by how much furniture (and varnish) there is below. Hatches are one place where compromise is not needed; big enough for spinnaker sets and douses is also big enough for adequate cruising ventilation.
Ports, however, are not useful for racing—and the opening ones add weight. Being able to see out is simply not a requirement for racing sailors, since the sewer rat is not the one making tactical calls. Meanwhile, hanging on the hook in some beautiful harbor without ports is like going on a beach vacation and never leaving a windowless hotel room. Even ports above eye height add light and the illusion of space, a very welcome addition on rainy days when the crew may be stuck below.
Meals for day races will most likely be brought on board ready to eat. Distance racers rely on freeze-dried food, since the only preparation it requires is the ability to boil water. So any basic galley will be perfectly adequate for racing.
For cruisers, one of life’s many onboard pleasures is a hot meal. There is nothing—absolutely nothing—that smells as good as a simple dinner cooking on the stove while hanging on the hook in some remote harbor. Cruising galleys will need more burners, more counter space, a larger icebox/fridge, and more lockers for pots, pans, and food.
Racer/cruisers aren’t for everyone, and many builders try to pack too much into too small a boat in an attempt to widen its appeal. Consignment shops and yard sales are filled with gear removed from new boats bought for two purposes—and then only used for one. For anyone who wants to do some racing and some cruising, or for first-time buyers who aren’t sure which they will prefer, a racer/cruiser may be the perfect addition to the family.
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