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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43 By Barry Hammerberg

Though we’d visited her at the dealer’s yard, she wasn’t real until we stood at the entrance to the 2003 Chicago Strictly Sail boat show and saw the name Another Adventure on the aft quarters of our new SO43 sitting in the Jeanneau booth. Over 28,000 miles and seven years later, we are still enamored of her.


The deck on the Jeanneau 43 shows the many opening ventilation hatches.

Hull #227 LOA: 43’ overall, 42.1 hull LWL: 37’ 5” Draft: 5’3” Beam: 13’ 8” Air draft: 58’ Displacement: 22,000 lbs. Engine: Yanmar Model JH3E 56 hp diesel Fuel: 56 gals. Holding tank: 2 @ 20 gallons each Water: 105 gals. Sails: Main, 3 slab reefs, stack pack 135% Genoa, furling 1150 sq. ft. gennaker Hull: Fiberglass with bonded-in grid, locally reinforced with Kevlar, vinylester vapor barrier, below waterline gelcoat overlaid with epoxy barrier coat. Deck: Fiberglass 40

November 2010


e moved up from a Hunter Legend 35.5, looking for more room for our children and grandchildren. With two cabins, a large salon and galley, two heads, larger holding tanks and more potable water, the SO43 promised to be more livable. We looked at a number of boats during our search. I prepared an Excel spreadsheet to compare displacement, sail area, horsepower, draft, mast height and a number of performance ratios to help us make a decision. The obvious quality of a friend’s 42-foot Jeanneau deck salon was also a determining factor. We launched Another Adventure among the ice floes in Sturgeon Bay, anxious to sail her. We weren’t disappointed; the SO43 is a great sailing boat. She is fairly stiff. We usually put the first reef in the main at about 18 knots apparent wind. We take in a second reef at 23-25 knots along with a partial reef of the headsail. The helm is balanced in these configurations, while boat speed is in the 6.5- to 8-knot range depending on point of sail. We use our .75 oz. gennaker in light air up to about 10 knots at 60 to 120 degrees apparent. When the wind is aft of 120, the main blankets the genoa to the point we furl it. The boat is very responsive in most wind and sea conditions. Her sole annoying habit is pounding when headed into large seas under power—a result of the shallow canoe-shaped bow section. We typically motor at 7 knots, burning just under a gallon of diesel per hour. She tops out at about 8.2 knots with our PYI power max prop. Docking can be a challenge if there is a cross wind, as the hull forward of the keel is very shallow, and there is a lot of freeboard, causing the boat to fall away from the wind. Couple that with prop walk and you can have your hands full in a narrow fairway. However, if you get the prop walk and wind working in concert, you’ll walk away looking like a professional. Likewise, with a little back and fill, you can turn in her length. We are full-time cruisers—the boat is our home. The SO43’s configuration suits our usage well. There is a guest cabin forward with V-berth, seats, vanity, cabinets and a head with a shower. The main salon has a folding leaf table starboard, surrounded by seating that handles eight people comfortably. We use the port settee for our parrot’s cage and a single seat. Our office is the large chart table. The L-shaped galley backs against the salon seating. Aft of the galley we have a walk-in pantry/storage