The Jeanneau Sun Legende 41
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Jeanneau Sun Legende 41, a masthead sloop, was designed by Doug Peterson and built in France by Jeanneau Yachts.

A Jeanneau Sun Legende 41 sailboat 'Quicksilver' at anchor outside Jolly Harbour, AntiguaUnusually, this Jeanneau Sun Legende 41 has been custom rigged as a cutter.

Published Specification for the Jeanneau Sun Legende 41

Underwater Profile: Fin keel and spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP

Length Overall: 40'10" (12.4m)

Waterline Length: 32'9" (10.0m)

Beam: 12'10" (3.9m)

Draft: 6'4" (1.9m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 16,094lb (7,300kg)

Designer: Doug Peterson

Builder: Jeanneau Yachts (France)

Year First Built: 1984

Year Last Built: 1994

Number Built: 560

Owners Association: Jeanneau Owners Network

Published Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Legende 41

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 18.2

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 42.5

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 205

4. Comfort Ratio: 23.4

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.1

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Legende 41

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 18.2 suggests that the Jeanneau Sun Legende 41 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 42.5 means that the Jeanneau Sun Legende 41 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 205, tells us the Jeanneau Sun Legende 41 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 23.4 suggests that crew comfort of a Jeanneau Sun Legende 41 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 of 2.1 tells us that a Jeanneau Sun Legende 41 would not be a good 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.

More about the Jeanneau Sun Legende 41...

The Sun Legende 41 was built by Jeanneau, a French company that has been producing quality boats since 1957. The Sun Legende 41 was launched in 1984 and remained in production until 1994, with 580 hulls completed. It is a cruiser-racer that can perform well in both regattas and long-distance voyages.

Jeanneau Sun Legende 41 Accommodation LayoutJeanneau Sun Legende 41 Accommodation Layout (Team Version)

The Sun Legende 41 is constructed entirely in hand-laid fiberglass with an exclusive material developed by Jeanneau and Du Pont de Nemours called Aramat K, which is a combination of glass fiber and Kevlar. This material gives the boat strength and durability, as well as resistance to impact and abrasion.

There are two versions of the Sun Legende 41: the owner's version and the team version. The owner's version has three cabins and two heads, while the team version has four cabins and one head. Both versions have a spacious saloon, a galley, and a navigation station in the widest part of the boat.

The accommodation of the Sun Legende 41 is designed to provide comfort and elegance for both cruising and racing. The interior is finished in teak woodwork that gives a warm and refined atmosphere. The saloon has a horizontal beaming that separates it from the galley and the navigation station. The saloon features a U-shaped settee with a large table on the port side, and another settee on the starboard side. The saloon also has nine portholes and three fitted ventilators that ensure good ventilation and natural light.

The galley is located at the foot of the companionway on the port side. It is equipped with a two-burner stove with oven, a refrigerator, a double sink, a bread storage bin, an extractor hood, and plenty of storage space for utensils and provisions. The navigation station is opposite the galley on the starboard side. It has a large chart table with shelved chart storage space, an electric panel locker, a lectern-type desk, and an instrument panel.

The owner's version has two aft cabins with double berths on each side of the companionway. Each cabin has a hanging locker, a shelf, and an opening porthole. There is also an oilskin hanging locker at the foot of the companionway for wet gear storage. The owner's cabin is located forward of the saloon on the port side. It has a large double berth with drawers underneath, two hanging lockers, two shelves, two reading lights, and two opening portholes. The owner's cabin also has an ensuite head with shower, sink, toilet, mirror, cabinet, and opening porthole.

The team version has four cabins:

  • two aft cabins with double berths on each side of the companionway;
  • one forward cabin with a double berth on the starboard side;
  • and one forward cabin with two single berths in a V-shape on the port side.

All cabins have hanging lockers, shelves, reading lights, and opening portholes. The team version has one head located forward of the saloon on the starboard side. It has a shower, sink, toilet, mirror, cabinet, and opening porthole.

Hull and Deck
The hull and deck of the Sun Legende 41 are designed to offer performance, safety, and convenience for both racing and cruising. The hull has a moderate displacement-to-length ratio of 204.7, which indicates a good balance between speed and stability. The fin keel provides a low center of gravity and good upwind performance. The spade rudder offers responsive steering and maneuverability.

The deck has a sleek and streamlined profile that follows the extension of the coachroof. The deck is entirely battened in teak, which adds beauty and grip. The cockpit is large and comfortable, with a single wheel steering system that gives a clear view of the sails and the instruments. The cockpit also has generous sail lockers, a special stowage compartment for the coachroof hatch, and a folding cockpit table.

The above text was drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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