Goal: to be the best mid-sized cruising boat. So says designer Marc Lombard, who designed the new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 380 (11.75 x 3.76 m), which takes the place of the 389 (launched in 2015 also designed by Lombard and now out of production): “Hull, appendages, sail plans, design and ergonomics, layout, weight savings… everything has been thought out in detail to make this the best sailboat in its class.”
Will the Jeanneau team succeed? We will find out in 2022, when we will see the boat (which has interiors designed by Piaton Bercault & Co.) sail. In the meantime, let’s find out about its philosophy and special solutions, which are certainly not lacking.
JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 380 – HULL AND DECK
Let’s start with the hull and deck. The hull now has the usual pronounced edge starts from the stern and runs towards the bow, a solution that on the one hand allows for greater stability when sailing, with the boat tilted, and on the other hand increases the space available below deck. Bow and stern straights are vertical, indeed, the bow angle is reversed so as to improve wave entry and to better distribute weight. Compared with the 389, the hull length-not the overall length-is a full 38 cm longer (10.77 vs. 10.39 m).
Gallery – Hull, deck, keel
Another important detail, already seen on the latest generation Sun Odysseys (such as the 410 or 490), the walkways run unobstructed and in a single plane along the deck: you can walk from bow to stern without steps, reaching all the way to the transom seats from which you can be comfortable at the two wheels of the rudder (which control the double blade). The boom compared to its predecessor has been lowered slightly, for easier access to the sail but mainly to increase the area of the mainsail.
An important integrated dolphin guard is located in the bow, allowing the tack point of gennaker and asymmetrical Code Zero type tacking to be advanced as well as acting as an anchor snout and preventing it from touching the hull during calming.
In addition to being especially safe with its unobstructed walkways and convenient masts, the Sun Odyssey 380 has a lower boom for easier access to the sail and more sail area.
Speaking of live opera, there are two L-shaped keel options: the short one fishes 1.56 meters, the long one 2. There is also option of having the lifting keel, with draft ranging from 1.31 to 2.70 m for those who like to sail in shallow water. Keel and rudder blades are distributed in such a way as to be a foothold on the sand at low tide: an overtly “Atlantic” solution.
JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 380 – INTERIOR
Let’s go below deck.
Inside, the design recalls the classic canons of the line, but more emphasis has been placed on the perception of interior volume and the simplification of lines: space management and bulkheads have been rethought to increase both visually and physically the available volumes. The salon promises to be bright, with an L-shaped galley full of storage space and the two sofas (one C-shaped on the port side and one running along the starboard broadside, forward of the chart table) from which you can eat in comfort on the extendable table. A large-capacity drawer (optional) is accessible in the center of the boat to complement the kitchen compartments.
Gallery – Interior and layout options
In the forward master stateroom, the 380 offers a private bathroom with shower (or large storage space). The bed is inclined with respect to the axis of the boat to optimize space. The aft guest cabins are also announced to be spacious (in the two-cabin configuration, the starboard one is replaced by a technical area). The guest bathroom is forward of the starboard cabin.
VIDEO – JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 380
JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 380 – THE DATA SHEET
Overall length 11.75 m
Length ft without dolphin boat 11.22 m
Hull length 10.77 m
Beam max. 3,76 m
Light displacement (short keel) 6,896 kg
Full load displacement (short keel) 9,360 kg
Short keel draft 1.56 m
Long keel draft 2.00 m
Lifting keel draft 1.31/2.70 m
Height above water 16.49 m
I 13.89 m
J 4.20 m
D 13.45 m
E 4.50 m
Fresh water tanks 330 L
Boiler 25 L
Fuel tank 130 L
Designer Marc Lombard
Interior Piaton Bercault & Co.
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