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Sun Odyssey 380

2022 June 1

The latest midsized cruiser from Jeanneau packs in great performance, cruising comforts and the latest innovations that make sailing easier

On deck

The Sun Odyssey 380 features the same walkaround deck concept found aboard its bigger sisterships. This allows sailors to walk from the cockpit to the sidedecks without clambering over the cockpit seats. The cockpit is large, despite some of the 13-foot beam being used for the walkway. 

The transom drops down with a simple block and tackle, creating a large swim platform and revealing storage space.

The integrated bowsprit can fly the optional offwind code 0 and also gets the anchor away from the stemhead to avoid dings. Jeanneau was one of the first manufacturers to use Harken winches—the 380 had a mix of electric and standard—and adding Harken Rewind winches makes the boat even easier to shorthand.

Down below

Stepping down the easy-to-navigate companionway steps, the boat feels much larger than 38 feet. The crisp interior styling by Piaton Bercault made the boat feel bright and welcoming. 

There are four interior plans available, and the test boat had three cabins and two heads, with two quarter cabins tucked underneath aft and an angled queen in the forward cabin. The two-cabin version would provide a larger aft cabin with a huge cockpit locker big enough for sails and water toys.

The aft-facing navigation station shares a seat with the settee, but has a desk and room for the basics. Jeanneau managed to fit in everything needed for comfortable cruising without the boat feeling cramped.

The compact L-shaped galley has ample workspace, especially with the sink cover boards. It features a two-burner stove and oven with a oversized refrigerator. The U-shaped dinette has a folding table that wraps around the keel-stepped mast. The table has built-in storage for glasses and wine bottles. When open, the settee adds even more space for additional diners.

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