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Old 15-07-2014, 15:06   #1
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Feedback on Jeanneau 439 as a coastal cruiser

Can anyone provide some feedback on the Jeanneau 439 Sun Odyssey concerning suitability, dependability, and comfort for coastal cruising in Mexico? Thank you.
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Re: Feedback on Jeanneau 439 as a coastal cruiser

I can't specifically address the 439, but I have sailed 4 SOs and 1 Sunfast ranging in size from 33-42' along the Southern California coast and the one thing they all have in common is they are very comfortable for their size - in the cockpit and down below.

Other than that they are all rigged differently so it depends on your preferences for winch locations, key vs. keyless ignition, size of headsail, furling main (with or without imbedded foot), transmission/throttle location, one wheel for steering vs. dual, jib car track length, traveler vs. no traveler, etc., etc., etc.

For the most part, I would say they are nice, comfortable, easy boats to sail, but boats are boats; each with it's own ideosyncracies and things do wear out or break.

What other manufacturers are you comparing it to?
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Re: Feedback on Jeanneau 439 as a coastal cruiser

Beneteau Oceanis in similar size.
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Re: Feedback on Jeanneau 439 as a coastal cruiser

I had a SO 45.2. It was a great sailing boat and fast. I always felt that it could handle tough conditions if need be. They are very comfortable and well thought out both in the cockpit and down below. I moved up to a Jeanneau 53 and really like that too. It's certainly not the same fit and finish as (say) a Hylas, but it's a lot of boat for the money.
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Re: Feedback on Jeanneau 439 as a coastal cruiser

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Beneteau Oceanis in similar size.
We also have late model Hanse and Dufour in our club's fleet. I don't know how they compare price-wise but they are very nice boats as well.
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Re: Feedback on Jeanneau 439 as a coastal cruiser

Thanks for the perspective.
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Having cruised Baja and sea of cortez in a 42ds it is very comfortable, very far between fuel and further between water. Coming up the pacific side of Baja you need to generally motor more than 400 miles between available fuel. At 34 gallons on the 42ds I have to carry twenty gallons in jerry cans (a pain) and motor at 1800 rpm (slow) to make it. I'm planning on upgrading to a beneteau sense 50 with more than 200 gallons of fuel and a watermaker. Oh yes, if you haven't done this already increase your anchor size by two sizes above recommended and have at least 200 feet of chain. You'll sleep better!


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Re: Feedback on Jeanneau 439 as a coastal cruiser

The Blue Pearl Sinking
Read this thread.
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Great advice. Thank you.


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Re: Feedback on Jeanneau 439 as a coastal cruiser

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The Blue Pearl Sinking
Read this thread.
And why should he read that thread about one Oceanis 50 that had problems while hundreds of others sail without problems and cross oceans?

Do you think that the Jeanneau 439 is better then the Oceanis 45 or at least so much better in what regards building that factor will play a major role in what regards choosing between the two boats?

Both boats will be very suitable to what the OP wants. I would chose between the two boats on a basis of price, equipment and personal taste.
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