The Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 was designed by Philippe Briand and built by the French manufacturer, Jeanneau. The Sun Kiss 47 also offers excellent sailing performance, with a choice of fin keel or keel and centerboard versions, and various sail plan and rigging options.

'More Mischief', a Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 sailboatA Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47

Published Specification for the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47

Underwater Configuration: Fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 47'5" (14.5m)

Waterline Length: 37'3" (11.4m)

Beam 14'4" (4.4m)

Draft: 8'10" (2.7m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 25,353lb (11,500kg)

Designer: Philippe Briand

Builder: Jeanneau (France)

Year First Built: 1983

Owners Association: Jeanneau Owners Network


Published Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.1

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 40.0

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 219

4. Comfort Ratio: 27.9

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.0

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 15.1 suggests that the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 40.0 means that the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 will initially stand up reasonably well to her canvas in a moderate breeze, but she'll need a reef in the main to avoid heeling excessively in a gust.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 219, tells us the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 27.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 2.0 indicates that a Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 would not be the wisest choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making owing to the lower resistance to capsize in strong winds and heavy seas that is associated with sailboats with a CSF of 2.0 and above.


Any Questions?

Is the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

No, the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 is not in production anymore. Production ended in 1989, after seven years of manufacturing. A total of 315 hulls were built.

What is the history of the builders of the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 and is the company still in business?

Jeanneau is a French boat manufacturer that was founded in 1957 by Henri Jeanneau, who started by producing wooden powerboats. In 1961, Jeanneau launched its first fiberglass sailboat, the Calanque. Since then, Jeanneau has become one of the leading brands in the sailing industry, producing a wide range of sailboats and powerboats for cruising, racing and chartering. Jeanneau is still in business today and is part of the Beneteau Group, the world's largest boat builder.

How many people can sleep on board a Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47?

The Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 has a choice of four or five cabins, depending on the layout.

The four-cabin version has two aft cabins, each with a double berth, a forward owner's cabin with a double berth and a writing desk, and a forward sail locker that can be converted into a single berth.

The five-cabin version has two aft cabins, each with a double berth, two forward cabins, each with a double berth, and a forward sail locker that can be converted into a single berth.

Therefore, the maximum number of people that can sleep on board a Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 is 11, but the recommended number is 8 to 10.

What keel options are available for the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47?

The Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 has two keel options: a fin keel or a keel and centerboard.

The fin keel version has a draft of 2.1 m (6'11") and a ballast of 4500 kg (9921 lbs).

The keel and centerboard version has a draft of 1.5 m (4'11") with the centerboard up and 3.1 m (10'2") with the centerboard down, and a ballast of 4700 kg (10362 lbs). The centerboard is operated by an electric winch.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47?

The average cost of a secondhand Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 depends on the year, condition, equipment, and location of the boat. Based on the web search results, the price range for a secondhand Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 from 1988 to 1989 is between £58,718 and £90,219 (or between $75,500 and $116,938). However, this is only an indicative price and may vary depending on the market demand and supply.

What other sailboats have been created by the designer of the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47?

The designer of the Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47 is Philippe Briand, a renowned yacht designer and naval architect from France. He has created many sailboats of different sizes and styles, from series yachts to mega yachts, for cruising and racing. Some of his sailboat designs include:

  • The Jeanneau range of performance cruisers, such as the Sun Odyssey, Sun Fast, and Sun Legende models;
  • The Beneteau range of first-class racers and cruisers, such as the First 25.7, First 40.7, First 45f5, and First 53f5 models;
  • The Wally range of innovative and luxurious sailing yachts, such as the Wally Nano MKII, Wally 93 Nahita, Wally 100 Tango, and Wally 145 models;
  • The Vitruvius range of eco-friendly and efficient sailing superyachts, such as the SY200, SY300, and Aquarius models;
  • The Perini Navi range of elegant and sophisticated sailing megayachts, such as the Maltese Falcon, Sybaris, Perseus 3, and Seven models.

The above answers were drafted by sailboat-cruising.com using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.


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