12 Feb 2015

In another exciting development for 2015 - Boating World has been appointed as Jeanneau distributors for Africa and the first new sailing model has already arrived in Cape Town.

Next time you’re in the Granger Bay area take a peek at the brand new Sun Odyssey 349 languishing on her moorings in the harbour!

The French boat building yard which is famous for both its power and sailing ranges, combines 50 years of practical boat building know-how with the latest construction technologies.

Quality and cost effectiveness is paramount – a winning formula which is clearly reflected in the number of these stunning craft gracing the playgrounds of the world.

Importer Derrick Levy is excited about adding this versatile range to Boating World’s growing stable of luxurious boats and is confident they’ll fill a gap in the big boat market.

Rooted in history these beautiful boats have made their mark over the decades. In 1957 avid aeroplane and car lover Henri Jeanneau was inspired to build a wooden hull in which he took part in the Paris Race – the biggest national boat race at the time. To his delight and the dismay of his competitors he won easily - and so a trade was born.

Three years later Jeanneau’s first fibreglass powerboat (the Calanque – retaining the wooden deck) made its début. Famous names rolled off the mould including “Squale,” “Lion de Mer,” and their first great motor yacht, the “Impérator 900,” was launched in 1966.  Others coming off the product line included the Merry Fisher, Leader and Prestige.

Later the same year the first all-fibreglass boat was created. In keeping with his fastidiousness Jeanneau was personally involved with the different stages of development. 

To test the solidity of the first all-fiberglass boat, he hitched one to a towrope (at Lake Tricherie), where at full speed, it was launched over a wooden ramp and into the air, clearing a nearby road, to land in a field. Guess who was at the helm!?

Safer now - real-life tests are conducted on ocean crossings or circumnavigations and technological advances include the use of three-dimensional design software and digitally controlled laser-cutting machines.

Jeanneau’s sailing boat range was launched in 1964 – the same year Frenchman Eric Tabarly won the English Transatlantic race. The world was captivated and sailing in France became a craze.

Capitalizing on this enthusiasm Jeanneau went on to produce to popular Sangria, in 1970 that sold over 2,700 boats.

Safety is key in this range with ongoing analysis and strict adherence to the highest international standards. Large hatches that double as emergency escape routes, only the highest quality deck fittings and rich interior woodworking are just some of the many features distinguishing Jeanneau boats. Their seaworthiness is legendary.

Combined with speed, exceptional handling, smooth passage through heavy seas, confidence and control these amazing offshore boat's have everything it takes to handle our coastline.

A closer look at the Sun Odyssey in Granger Bay will be proof enough. She’s gorgeous, rigged to sail short-handed and one is immediately struck by her pure lines, generous interior volume and inviting cockpit. She’s a perfect combination of performance, comfort and safety at sea – suitable for racing or cruising with the family. 

Contact Boating World on 021 418 0840 / or for more information.