Simultaneously on both Pittwater and Sydney Harbour PBS ran boat tests on the spectacular Sun Odyssey 349’s using two boats at each location with two sessions on the harbour. It was an opportunity for those that have expressed interest to experience first-hand what the spectacular sail handling of these yachts is really like. The SO349 has an awful lot going for it, as the price point, finish, interior and cockpit are all excellent, but it is it’s handling that makes it stand out from the crowd. There simply isn’t another production yacht in its class that behaves so well and is so easy to sail across all conditions. Far exceeding the requirements for offshore sailing this yacht truly is capable of eating up those miles up or down the coast with the comfort and speed of a much bigger yacht of earlier design.
Over 20 people took the opportunity to discover for themselves, including one couple who drove 5 hours each way to do so! The sessions started in a solid 20 knots of breeze which slowly abated as the afternoon progressed. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive to say the least. Here is just one response;
“Leaving home at 4am we were very keen to see in person the much talked about Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349. Before arriving our thoughts were this size yacht may not be big enough for our needs, how wrong we were. From the moment we stepped on board we were impressed by the spaciousness and features (such as a separate shower and head) usually reserved for much larger yachts. Taking her out on the perfect winter’s sunny day with 20 knots of wind the Jeanneau 349 handled beautifully and with such ease. Very forgiving and incredibly light to handle we were impressed with how well she sat on the chines and the difference this feature makes to the overall feeling of stability and security. We have now dubbed the Jeanneau 349 the big little yacht as it has so many features of its bigger siblings in a smaller easy to handle size. So comfortable to take out family or friends yet so agile for a day’s racing – when put through its paces she is very responsive, fast and so much fun! Thank you to Performance Boating Sales for arranging this fabulous day and especially thankyou to the owners who shared their beautiful yachts with us. Hopefully we will see you again very soon!
Warwick & Caroline Deane.”
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