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

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1, a light displacement sloop, was designed by Phillipe Briand and built in France by Jeanneau.

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

Year Last Built: 1998

Number Built: 60


Published Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 21.3

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 30.0

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 192

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 18.5

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 21.3 suggests that, in the right hands, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern. 

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 30.0 would usually mean that the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 192, tells us the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 is a light-to-moderate displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 18.5 suggests that the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 will have the motion underway to that of a lightweight racing boat. Crew comfort will often be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Upwind in lively conditions the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 will slam enough to shake your fillings out with a motion that most cruising sailors have no desire to get used to.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.2 tells us that a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32-1 would not be as good a choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making, owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.

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