The smallest of the new launches added to the range of Sun Odyssey yachts by Jeanneau (although the Sun Odyssey 349 from 2014 is smaller), the 389 is based on the same hull and deck moulds as the Sun Odyssey 379, but incorporates a few new features that have so far only been found on larger boats in the range. Join reviewer, Rupert Holmes, for a short First Look Video recorded at London Boat Show.




The new features include the full-width fold-down bathing platform at the stern and the lowered companion-way sill easing the crew's descent from cockpit to cabin. But the new boat retains plenty from the previous incarnation as well, including the same spacious, wide cockpit, headsail winches positioned far enough aft to be wound by the helmsman and the option of a GRP bowsprit for holding the ground tackle as well as flying a cruising chute.

Down below there are various upgrades to the upholstery and trim options available, but in the main, the 389 changes little from the 379 in terms of the good-sized saloon, galley and heads compartment that serves either two or three cabins forward and aft.

For more cruising yacht reviews, see: Hanse 315 video: first look and Marlow Legend 37 video: quick tour

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.