We ran this review of the Jeanneau 349 six years ago after sea trials in Miami. In today’s pandemic, boat sales have been one of the bright lights in the U.S. economy as couples and families look for ways to vacation together without dealing with crowds and public spaces. The 349 offers a unique combination of cruising comforts, excellent sailing performance and great value for money; plus, there is no better way to social distance than going cruising on a sailboat in the fresh summer breeze.
Last winter, right after the Strictly Sail Miami show, we had the chance to test a few of the new boats that premiered there. The brand new Jeanneau 349 had been a real crowd pleaser at the show and was packed with interested sailors day after day. It was good to see so many younger couples and families with children at the show and spending time aboard the 349. While not intended just for young families getting into their first cruising boat, the 349 certainly fills that description well. Read More