Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389

An evolution of a species.

by Gary Reich
Jeanneau’s Sun Odyssey line has been the bread and butter of the French boatbuilder’s sailboat range for more than two decades.


  • LOA: 38'6"
  • Beam: 12'4"
  • Draft: 6'5"/4'11"
  • Weight: 15,256 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 34 gals.
  • Water Capacity: 53 gals.
  • Power: Yanmar 29-hp diesel w/saildrive
  • Price: $178,900

In those years, Jeanneau has continued to launch new designs that build upon older models by incorporating innovative features and improving performance. Introduced last year, the Sun Odyssey 389 is a perfect example of this trend, building upon the excellent 379 Sun Odyssey it replaces.

There are a lot of similarities between the 379 and the newer 389. That makes sense, since they essentially share the same hull and deck mold. Don’t worry; that’s actually a good thing. On the 389 you’ll find the same roomy, twin-helm cockpit centered around a large flip-up dining table; a roomy interior that feels very open, bright and airy; and the same well-designed L-shaped galley.

There are a few noteworthy differences, as well. The 389 now has an optional full-width, teak-decked transom panel that opens up and out to form a spacious swim platform. The companionway sill has been lowered, making it easier to get below from the cockpit. Lastly, there’s a standard fiberglass bowsprit extension that can be used for anchor stowage and to fly a gennaker or an asymmetrical spinnaker.

Like all Jeanneau sailboats, sail trim and handling is made simple by leading control lines aft, and by winches and rope clutches placed where they need to be: Right at hand from the helm and on either side of the cabin top within easy reach. A roller-furling genoa and stack-pack mainsail make dowsing the whole sail plan in mere seconds a snap. When the wind pipes down, you can rely on a perky 29-hp diesel Yanmar.

Down below, the main salon features a C-shaped dinette and a portside lounge with navigation station; the galley is just aft of the dinette. The master stateroom is situated in the bow. Both two- and three-cabin layouts share a common enclosed head/shower situated to port, adjacent to the galley. The two-cabin layout has a spacious head, a separate shower and a storage area aft, while the three-cabin configuration features a combined head/shower.

“Comfortable, spacious and seaworthy are words that best describe the Sun Odyssey 389,” says Margriet Mitchell, Jeanneau America marketing director. 


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