July 12 2021
Was it possible to integrate the concept of drop-down side decks on a sailboat less than 11m long, in order to offer a walkaround type of circulation plan, equivalent to what is available on a yacht type sailboat?
With the new Sun Odyssey 380, Jeanneau has demonstrated that it is possible, and that this very strong marker of the family cruiser range of the French shipyard based in Les Herbiers, in the Vendée region, has become one of its major points of differentiation.
A point of differentiation in the same way as the exterior design of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 380, signed by Marc Lombard, and which is immediately recognizable by the inverted bow, the wide bow above the waterline to maximize forward volume and flotation, the raised beam, and the inverted deck sheer. Marc Lombard has been a long-time companion of the Jeanneau shipyard. In 2002, he designed the Sun Odyssey 35, which was a huge commercial success, selling more than 1,400 units, followed by five other successful models: the Sun Odyssey 39 i, the Sun Odyssey 42 i, the Sun Odyssey 36 i, the Sun Odyssey 49 DS and the Sun Odyssey 42 DS.
More recently, Marc Lombard Design designed the Sun Odyssey 379, which became the Sun Odyssey 389, based on the evolution of the cruising hull shape. In addition, he collaborated with Jeanneau to create the Sun Odyssey 349, which is currently a great success.
Available with two types of appendages, keel and lifting keel, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 380 offers several types of rigs - standard and performance - in order to best adapt to the owners' sailing program.
Inside, the Jeanneau shipyard wanted to maximize the volume, by removing the deck counter-mould - the height under the helm will be greatly increased as well as the weight in the topsides - and offers 2 layouts, 2 or 3 cabins, with 1 or 2 bathrooms each.
The saloon of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 380 gains a meridian on starboard, a first on a sailboat of this size, and a modern presentation, between clear linings and wood inserts.