It is a sign of the times that a 37-foot boat like the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 is the entry length in a new product line. Boats have been getting bigger in recent years but larger has not necessarily meant more unique or comfortable. It seems to take more innovation to create a streamlined vessel that offers as much as bigger models, which is exactly what Jeanneau has done with this boat.
The 379’s plumb bow provides a long waterline, and the hard chine and beamy aft section give her good stability. What’s unusual in a production boat of this size are the underbody options. The standard is a deep keel (6’ 4”) with a bulb and a single spade rudder. For skinny water cruising, there is a winged shoal draft keel with a centerboard (4’ 11” board down) and twin short rudders for control and maneuverability.
Regardless of keel configuration, the 379 has twin wheels with both the genoa and main sheets run aft to the helm. This opens up the cockpit aft where a drop-down transom provides a swim platform and good access to the water. A fixed table separates the two sides of the cockpit and provides stowage as well as a place to install a swiveling chartplotter.
The fractional, high aspect rig has double aft-swept spreaders and offers a variety of sail plans. You may choose a 132% overlapping genoa, a self-tacking jib and an in-mast furling mainsail. The genoa tracks are well inboard for good sheeting angles and the midship gate in the lifelines is nice and wide for easy access and loading. Designer Marc Lombard has kept the profile low, so the boat is sleek and functional in every way.
Since designers need to tuck the accommodations into a tighter package on a boat with limited LOA, they get much smarter with the use of space. Like its lager sibling, the Sun Odyssey 409, the 379 has a two-cabin layout with the option of adding a third cabin. This much privacy is often reserved for boats up to 10’ longer, so 379 owners will not be missing out, though this model is limited to a single head.
The salon remains mostly the same regardless of the number of cabins. There’s a U-shaped dinette to starboard and a straight settee to port. A drop-leaf table ties them together nicely so up to six people can be seated for dinner. The settee opposite forms the seat to a compact aft-facing nav station that’s topped by a leather-covered handhold.
The L-shaped galley to starboard also remains the same with twin sinks, a two-burner stove, and a top-loading refrigerator. There is space for an optional microwave, impressive stowage for stores and dishes, and the drawers have a quiet soft-close feature. Across from the galley, the head changes shape depending on whether there are one or two cabins aft. Both configurations have a separate shower area. There’s also a large access hatch to a stowage compartment below the cockpit seat. This is great for gear, provisions, or tools that should stay dry but out of the way.
The only area in which the Sun Odyssey 379 might be challenged by other brands in this length is the master stateroom, which is a standard V-berth. Many modern boats feature an island berth that sleeps its occupants head-forward. For Jeanneau to have moved this berth back far enough to give good shoulder room in the bow, they would have had to eliminate the standing/changing room at the door and the stowage lockers outboard on either side.
The beam on this boat is carried well aft and that, combined with the hard chine, maximizes the interior volume. Smart finishing touches include plenty of LED lights, solid wood moldings, and sliding privacy curtains on the hull ports. Because the dinette also forms a berth, up to eight people can sleep aboard—although that might be bit cozy with only one head. The sail-away price of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 is just over $200,000, which is reasonable for such a comprehensive and feature-laden boat. It begs the question: how much more do you need?
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- Zuzana Prochazka
Displacement: 14,771 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 34 gal.