Originally Posted by SaltyMonkey
@goboatingnow There are cost diffs between boats of similar length too, are there knot?
I assume the new 38 is a means to introduce a modular boat that will answer multiple needs and therefore reduce production / marketing costs.
I'd like to get opinions on the new Jeanneau 349 and the slightly older (now) 379.
ps. i do like the hard chines.
I have a 2013 SO 379. It has been a stellar boat. I have the dual rudder
, shoal draft version. I find that even with my handicapped, in mast furling
main, it is no problem to get up to 7 to 8 knots in our typical 10-15kt winds. I can get up into the 8 to 9kt range when the winds get into the 20s and I've even seen 11kts for a short time (but that was almost out of control and I wouldn't call the 379 an 11 knot boat). It also points quite well although I bet I could get a few more degrees if I had the deep version. Like many of the Jeanneau models there's a certain sportiness inherent in the brand that you don't find in other Benetau Group boats. One area of contention for me, again likely related to the in mast
main, is that the light air performance suffers a bit. But that can be fixed with some light air headsail options.
The twin rudders can be a bit scary at times. They bite into the water
quite hard and, even when significantly overpressed with sail, the boat does not even have a hint of wanting to round up. I have been nearly knocked down in big puffs on a broad reach simply because there's always one rudder
Build quality is good for the class of boat. You obviously aren't buying
but for a mass production boat you do get a decent amount of craftsmanship for your money
, all in the sort of modern euro styling. I don't have any gripes, nothing has fallen apart or failed on me in right off the bat. In fact my only real warranty issue is an infamous leaky back flow preventer valve in the Jabsco
toilet pump, and that's not a Jeanneau craftsmanship issue.
So all in all, considering the price
point, I feel like the 379 has been a pretty good value for me. I tend to be a bit of a sailing enthusiast rather than a pure cruiser so the inherent sport in the boat's design has lead to me having a great experience so far.