Jenneau Sun Odyssey 42i • As Jeanneau has been innovating with its production techniques by introducing injection molded decks, they have also been innovating with hull and rig designs that will set the boats apart in the cruising fleet and on the race course as true racer-cruisers with a strong performance pedigree.
The new 42i, like her smaller sister ship the 36i, is just such a dual-purpose boat. In 42 feet Jeanneau has been able to create a sailing platform that has ocean going capabilities and accommodations that will serve those who will be living aboard for weeks or even months at a time.
The performance package offered by the builder has more sail area, high-tech sails, Dyform rigging, adjustable backstay and genoa cars, a deeper high aspect keel and a folding propeller. If you want a turbo charged cruising boat, the performance package on the 42i will do the job for you.
But even without the added horsepower, the 42i promises to be a fine sailing boat that will be easy for a couple to manage. With twin wheels in the cockpit and all sail control lines led aft, you will find sail trim, reefing and furling can for the most part be handled from the cockpit.
Down below, two accommodations plans are offered. A three-cabin version has twin quarter cabins and a V-berth forward while the two-cabin version has one quarter cabin, a larger aft head with stand alone shower and extra storage in the port cockpit locker.
The saloon has a large dinette, a bench settee that will be a good sea berth and an excellent galley with acres of counter space. The interior is finished in teak and white and offers a teak and holly sole. The ambience is comfortable and bright. For those with ambitions for speed on and off the racecourse, the 42i will serve their purposes and, in the bargain, will be a highly capable offshore passagemaker.
Specification: LOA 42’2”; LWL 38’1”; Beam 13’6”; Draft (std.) 6’11”; Displacement 18,540 lbs.; Sail Area 877 sq. ft.
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