Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 319

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Good things come in small pack­ages. Jean­neau’s new en­try-level de­sign is the Sun Odyssey 319, and she’s small but mighty. The French builder wanted to re-en­ter the small boat mar­ket, and the 319 joins two other mod­els in the 30ft Sun Odyssey range. This way, Jean­neau has a boat for new sailors with fam­i­lies as well as old salts want­ing to down­size.

It’s easy to build a large boat, but real thought must be put into a com­pact model. Avail­able with two en­closed cab­ins and a full head, the 319 of­fers ameni­ties sim­i­lar to those of her larger sis­ters. Light pours in via the coachroof and hull port­lights, and the am­ple head­room in­creases the sense of space. There’s a two-burner stove, re­frig­er­a­tion and a fold-out ta­ble that will seat six for din­ner. The master state­room is a V-berth for­ward with di­vided dou­ble doors. With these doors open, there’s a per­cep­tion of length and open­ness you don’t of­ten find on ves­sels of this size.

The cock­pit is large with more out­side stowage op­tions than most of the boat’s com­peti­tors. A sin­gle wheel, a rigid vang and an open tran­som that pro­vides easy ac­cess to the wa­ter are stan­dard. The side decks are nice and wide with to­erails out­board, and there are study handrails atop the cab­in­trunk to make go­ing for­ward a snap.

Out­fit­ted with a frac­tional rig, a 21hp Yan­mar with saildrive, twin rud­ders and a choice of stan­dard or swing (lift­ing) keels, the 319 is a very ca­pa­ble cruiser. An op­tional sprit adds a place to at­tach a down­wind sail on a top-down furler. Length-over­all is ac­tu­ally 32ft, and she dis­places just over 11,000lb, mak­ing her light and ag­ile. With a bal­last-to-dis­place­ment ra­tio of 32 per­cent and a Cat­e­gory A rat­ing, she’ll be com­fort­able in a wide range of con­di­tions. jean­neauamer­ica.com

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