Let me continue the yacht types presentation with some famous sailing brands. The first which come in mind is one you find in all the world marinas, and that is Jeanneau. This is a Beneteau Group brand, of whom I’ll present more with the time passing. A short presentation of this one I found necessary.
In 1957, Henri Jeanneau, already passionate about airplanes and automobiles, had just discovered a brand new passion for powerboating, one that began as he watched a boat pass by his window. Soon afterward, in Les Herbiers, France, home to a rich heritage of artisan work, he began building a wooden hull with which he participated in the 6-hour Paris race, the largest national race at the time.
He was first to cross the line, and this galvanized him. So, a past time became a trade. In 1959, he hired canoe builders as apprentices in his new business, “the Nautical Hall of the West,” which would become, a few years later, the Jeanneau shipyards. France was seeing unprecedented economic growth, and the new company executive quickly understood that the appearance of new electric appliances designed to ease household chores would allow families to devote more time to leisure activities – to the sun, to the sea, and to boating!
From the artisan work of the 1960’s that was the norm in France and elsewhere – each boat was unique, and often customized while still on the production lines – to 2007 and the new technological advances similar to those seen in the aeronautical field, allowing Jeanneau to create boats using 3-dimensional design software and digitally controlled laser-cutting machines. Over the past 50 years of development, the men and women of Jeanneau have evolved in their fields while preserving their passion for the sea and love of work well done. At Jeanneau, the woodworkers have held on to their planes and mechanics have kept their tools for repairs. In the beginning, to test the solidity of the first fiberglass boats, a boat was hitched to a towrope and put in on Lake Tricherie, about 10 km. from the Les Herbiers, France factory and yards. There, at full speed, it was launched over a wooden ramp and into the air, clearing a nearby road, to land in a field. Henri Jeanneau was at the helm, of course. Today, real-life tests are conducted on ocean crossings or circumnavigations.
The smallest of them all is Sun 2000. (around 16,000 Euros for about 6.64 m of fiberglass)
Here is the Sun Odyssey 409, a model of 12.34 m / 40′ , and below, you have an interior image.
They come equipped with a 40 HP motor, but are mainly sail drive. The company estimates this model at around 120,000 Euros.
This magnificent, seaworthy sailboat is a Sun Odyssey 45 DS, estimated at around 183,000 Euros for her’s 13.75 m / 45′ and is equipped with a M/E Yanmar of 54 HP.
These are some samples of sailing boats built by Jeanneau who has some power models as well.
Jeanneau company builds the Sun Odyssey series (30i, 33i, 36i, 379, 409, 439, 44i, 509), the Sun Odyssey DS series (42 DS, 45 DS, 44 DS, 55 DS), Jeanneau 53 and Jeanneau 57. The Sun Odyssey 509 and the Sun Odyssey 44 DS are brand new models added to their catalog.
Designed by Philippe Briand, the Sun Odyssey 509 combines timeless design, exceptional seaworthiness and unmatched comfort. The high-aspect ratio sail plan allows for a large selection of different sails. The recommended retailer price for it is 227,300 Euros, not quite cheap, but it has a LOA of 15.38 m, with 5 cabins, and maybe it’s worth of it.
This above, is an interior image from the 509 model. With these said, feel free to visit the original site (link is on the first paragraph), and if you need a specialist, feel free to ask anything you desire regarding boats. This site was transferred from blogspot almost an year ago, and I’m still working on it, at the code, and editing the old posts. So, please excuse me if I’m not publishing as frequent as I wish.
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