04 Feb 2015

Ten years ago Boating World’s Allan Johns had a dream – but it didn’t stop there!

Today he is the proud owner of his very first brand new sail boat “SHOWTIME” – a beautiful Jenneau 349 - which has just arrived in Cape Town. To say he’s chomping at the bit to get onto the water would be an understatement as he impatiently waits for the rigger to finish his business and set him free…!

While this is Allan’s third boat, he had always had his heart set on owning a new model and in his own words… “If you are determined enough and save enough – you can do it.” This is alos Boating World's first French branded Jeanneau vessel sold into Africa, since becoming the new Jeanneau agents for Africa. Derrick Levy was very pleased with the arrival this stunning yacht.

Why this particular boat? There are several reasons but first and foremost “there’s a whole lot of boat for your bucks.” Valid indeed and quite believable considering this family cruiser was recently awarded Boat of the Year in two categories (of nine) – Pocket Cruiser and Best Import of the Year – by the British magazine, Motorboat and Yachting.  The selection criteria are based on performance, innovation and design.

While Allan intends taking part in Wednesday night racing in Table Bay, (she’s been rigged to sail short- handed) he’s also keen to head offshore with only the wind in his hair for company.

Typically 34-footers have always proved popular in both racing and safe cruising categories and the Sun Odyssey 349 is no exception.

From the very first glance, one is struck by her pure lines, generous interior volume and inviting cockpit. She’s a perfect combination of performance, comfort and safety at sea. 

Several unique features have been incorporated into her build, with running rigging installed for high performance and speed. Clever innovation has been taken from race boats, dinghies and offshore boats, for maximum effect.  For example a Y-bridle replaces the usual Y-shaped pulleys, with a very small distance between the lower and upper block for better control of the mainsail itself.

Friction rings have been used for sheet leads, more common in America’s Cup and Offshore boats than a cruising model, that allow for easier trim of the sail.

Spreaders have been swept back at 30 degrees instead of the usual 12 degrees, negating the need for a back stay, giving better performance in all conditions, improved ergonomics and greater visibility from the double helm in the very wide cockpit aft. This list goes on…and on!

While he dreams of sailing off into the sunset alone… Allan acknowledges that the 349 is the ideal entry-level family cruiser.

There’s plenty of space in the wide aft section of the cockpit with a large table and seating – perfect considering one spends 80% of the time up here! The family can join the skipper/s who will appreciate how easy it is to operate from the double helms. The winch controlling the mainsheet and jib sheet is right at hand next to the left-hand helm along with the easy-to-see GPS, autopilot and compass.

The interesting design with its higher than usual sheer line in a boat of this size gives maximum volume below decks. The affects every inch from the bigger than normal and functional galley with lots of storage to the user-friendly main saloon and spacious two to three-cabin configuration.

Inside, fabulous features include fold-down table leaves and a pull-out free-standing seat which means 6 – 7 people can enjoy meals together. Even the chart table folds away to give more room and access to the forward cabin with its double doors for privacy is easy.

The aft cabin has a large rectangular bed with lots of headroom, light and ventilation. The heads with separate shower leads to a “garage-type” storage room which can also be accessed through a cockpit hatch. This space can easily be converted into a third cabin.

Allan intends showcasing his beautiful craft to those who wish to race or those wanting to enjoy the pleasures of family cruising.

Contact him for more information:  or (021) 418 0840!