The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 is a light displacement sloop that was designed by Philippe Briand and built in France by Jeanneau from 1995 to 2000.

It is a cruising boat with a sleek hull, a wide beam, and a low profile. It offers comfortable accommodation for up to six people, as well as good performance and handling under sail. It is one of the many successful models in the Sun Odyssey line, which is known for its quality, design, and innovation.

A Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 SailboatA Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1

Published Specification for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1

Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 31'2" (9.5m)

Waterline Length: 26'5" (8.1m)

Beam: 10'10" (3.3m)

Draft: 6'5" (2.0m)

Rig Type: Fractional sloop

Displacement: 7,936lb (3,600kg)

Designer: Phillipe Briand

Builder: Jeanneau (France)

Year First Built: 1994


Published Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.8

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 30.0

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 192

4. Comfort Ratio: 18.5

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2


The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1: A Few FAQs...

Based on the published Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1, how would you expect the boat to perform under sail?

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 has a Displacement/Length Ratio of 192, which indicates that it is a light-to-moderate displacement sailboat. This means that it should be relatively fast and responsive, but also stable and seaworthy. However, if it is loaded with too much heavy cruising gear, its performance may suffer. The Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.8 suggests that it has enough sail power to drive the boat in light to moderate winds, but may need to reef early in stronger breezes. The Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 30% shows that it has a moderate amount of ballast to provide stiffness and stability, but not too much to make it sluggish or hard to manoeuvre.

Is the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 is no longer in production. It was replaced by the Sun Odyssey 32.2 in 2000, which had some minor changes in the interior layout and rigging. According to Jeanneau's website, about 500 units of the Sun Odyssey 32-1 were built between 1995 and 2000.

What, if any, alternative versions of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 were built and what are the differences between them?

The Jeanneau Sun Fast 32i is an alternative version of the Sun Odyssey 32-1 that was launched simultaneously in 1995. It has the same hull and deck as the Sun Odyssey 32-1, but a different sailplan and displacement. The Sun Fast 32i has a taller mast, a larger mainsail, a smaller jib, and a spinnaker option. It also has less interior furniture and equipment, resulting in a lighter displacement of 3.2 tonnes (compared to 3.6 tonnes for the Sun Odyssey 32-1). The Sun Fast 32i is designed for more performance-oriented sailors who want to race or cruise fast.

How many people can sleep on board a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1?

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 can sleep up to six people on board. It has two double cabins, one in the forepeak and one aft, as well as two single berths in the saloon. The saloon table can be lowered to create an extra double berth if needed. The boat also has one head with a shower and a galley with a stove, oven, sink, and fridge.

How did the sailing press review the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1?

The sailing press generally gave positive reviews to the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 when it was launched in 1995. For example, Practical Sailor praised its design, performance, comfort, and quality, saying that "the attractive combination may well capture a good share of the market in this size slot." Sail Magazine also complimented its styling, handling, speed, and accommodation, calling it "a handsome cruiser with plenty of pep." However, some reviewers also pointed out some drawbacks or areas for improvement, such as the lack of ventilation in the cabins, the small cockpit locker space, the limited headroom in some areas, and the high price tag.

What do owners of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 have to say about their boats?

Owners of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 generally have positive things to say about their boats. They appreciate its sailing qualities, its spaciousness, its ease of maintenance, and its versatility. Some of the comments from owners on various online forums and websites are:

  • "I have owned my SO 32.1 for six years now and I love it. It sails very well in all conditions, it is comfortable inside and outside, it is easy to handle single-handed or with crew, and it has everything I need for cruising or racing."
  • "We bought our SO 32.1 three years ago and we are very happy with it. It is fast and fun to sail, it has a lot of room for our family of four, it is well-built and reliable, and it looks great. We have sailed it in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean, and it has performed flawlessly."
  • "I have had my SO 32.1 for 10 years and I still enjoy it. It is a beautiful boat with a classic design, it is very responsive and agile, it is comfortable and cozy, and it is easy to upgrade and customize. It is a great boat for cruising or club racing, and it always gets compliments wherever I go."

What is the history of the builders of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 and is the company still in business?

The builders of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 are Jeanneau, a French company that was founded in 1956 by Henri Jeanneau. The company started as a small workshop that produced wooden powerboats, but soon expanded to produce fiberglass boats and sailboats. In 1995, Jeanneau became part of the Beneteau Group, a large conglomerate of boat manufacturers. Jeanneau is still in business today and produces a wide range of sailboats and powerboats, from 17 to 64 feet.

What sailplan and rig options, if any, are available for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1?

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 has a fractional sloop rig with a single spreader mast and a backstay adjuster. The standard sailplan consists of a roller-furling genoa and a slab-reefing mainsail with lazy jacks and a stack pack. The optional sailplan includes a roller-furling mainsail and a self-tacking jib. The boat also has two primary winches and two coachroof winches for sail handling.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1?

The average cost of a secondhand Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 depends on various factors, such as the year, condition, equipment, location, and market demand of the boat. According to some online listings, the price range for a used Sun Odyssey 32-1 can be from $40,000 to $70,000 USD.

How does the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 compare to other similar sailboats in its class?

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 is comparable to other similar sailboats in its class, such as the Beneteau Oceanis 311, the Catalina 320, the Hunter 326, and the Bavaria 31 Cruiser. These boats have similar lengths, displacements, sail areas, accommodations, and features. However, they also have some differences in their designs, performances, qualities, and prices. For example, the Beneteau Oceanis 311 has more headroom and storage space than the Sun Odyssey 32-1, but also has more windage and less speed. The Catalina 320 has more cockpit space and comfort than the Sun Odyssey 32-1, but also has more weight and less stability. The Hunter 326 has more modern styling and technology than the Sun Odyssey 32-1, but also has more complexity and maintenance. The Bavaria 31 Cruiser has more interior volume and light than the Sun Odyssey 32-1, but also has less rigidity and durability.

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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