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Jeanneau SO 389 Yacht Review

We had the pleasure of sailing a 2019 Jeanneau 389, our version was a fixed keel with three cabins, in Turkey for three weeks. I wanted to share my review of the boat. As a disclaimer, we own a 2015 Dufour 382, which is a similar boat to the 389 we chartered with Dream Yacht Charter (DYC) at their Gocek, Turkey base. One thing we love about owning a yacht with DYC is that we get to charter a variety of different yachts in their fleet, besides our own Dufour, which is based in Propriano, Corsica. We have two girls, 4 and 6 years old, and spent the three weeks with just the four of us aboard.

Some pros about this yacht:

  • It has a full size jib. (Ours is self tacking) We sailed both upwind, and did a 50mile downwind run one day as well, and she sailed really great in both conditions. We had her up to 8kts surfing downwind and easily hit 7kts upwind. The meltemi winds pick up every afternoon and we frequently sailed in 15kts of wind.

  • The visibility from the helm was nice, and the cockpit was spacious with a really innovative cockpit table with lots of storage, including one bench lazarette, and two deep aft lockers one if which held the gas for cooking.

  • The head was larger than ours, with added space for a shower, and felt very comfortable. I frequently showered with one of the girls and it was plenty of space. The stainless sink and shower head were also well appointed.

  • It was well equipped with 220V outlets in every cabin, and USB ports which was a bonus.

  • Companionway steps were well designed and easily maneuvered, more like stairs than a ladder. Also, when accessing the engine below, the hydraulic arms keep it open where on our Dufour you need to tie it up while accessing the engine.

  • There was lots of well placed grab rails and hand holds, both above and below deck, to safely maneuver aboard in any conditions.

Some cons of this model yacht:

  • Two to three steps up the mast to drop the main. This can get a bit

tricky when you are in winds and rolly seas! I am 5'6” and had a difficult time dropping and flaking the sail. Our Dufour 382