The latest model from Jeanneau, unveiled in the UK during the 2016 London Boat Show, is an evolution of the previous Sun Odyssey 379 that was launched just four years ago (See the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 review on our US sister site). While the new boat uses the same hull as its predecessor, it benefits from a number of improvements that were first seen on the larger yachts in Jeanneau’s line up of cruising yachts.




Outwardly one of the most obvious changes is the full width drop down transom bathing platform, which has been implemented without compromising the useful stowage in and around the two helm seats. There’s also a fixed GRP bowsprit that facilitates anchor handling and provides an efficient tack location for an asymmetric spinnaker and/or a code 0 reaching sail.

A further modification is a lowered bridgedeck that makes companionway access to the accommodation significantly easier – fewer steps are needed and they are at a shallower angle. In place of conventional washboards is a pair of hinged doors, which have a double benefit. Firstly, they are always to hand and stowage is therefore no longer an issue. Secondly, in rough weather the companionway can be sealed off more easily to prevent the risk of water cascading below decks.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389 review

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389 improves and updates the 379 from 2012.


Internally, the new model offers the same bright and airy two or three cabin layouts as the 379, both with a single heads compartment that incorporates a separate shower stall. However, there’s now a wider choice of new trim options, again in line with what’s offered on the larger models in Jeanneau’s range.

It’s worth noting that the hull length is 10.98m (36ft 0in), so in common with designs from a number of other manufacturers, this boat is not as large as the model name might imply. Having said that, the generous beam, combined with accommodation pushed as much as possible into the ends of the boat, means there’s still a lot of space by 36ft standards. The saloon is of a generous size, as is the well appointed galley, which has ample worktop and stowage space, and there’s a small aft-facing navigation station on the port side of the saloon.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389 interior layout

Both the three-cabin and the two-cabin versions have a single heads with shower compartment, and an aft-facing chart table.


Although it’s not a brand new design, the hull shape still looks up to date and benefits from much recent thinking, including the marked chines aft. There’s a choice of three keels – deep, shoal and lifting – while sail plan options vary from a self-tacking jib for easy handling to a performance package.

For a useful comparison with similar size and style yachts, see: Dufour 350 Grand Large review: classy cruiser or Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 and Sun Fast 37: reviewed.


Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389 specifications

LOA: 11.75m
Hull length: 10.98m
Beam: 3.76m
Light displacement: 6,700kg
Standard keel draught: 1.95m
Fuel capacity: 130 litres
Water capacity: 200 litres
CE Category: A8 / B9
Upwind sail area: 35sq m

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.