ZOOM . Moving aft to the saloon you’ll not only find a fairly conventional layout, but sufficient space for it to all work properly: included are two full-length settees that can be used as proper sea-berths, a drop-leaf centerline table, an L-shaped galley to port and a small chart table to starboard.

Ballast is cast iron, set in a conventional fin keel with a bulb, or in a stub wing keel from which a centerboard descends. The only powerplant available is a 21hp Yanmar diesel set over a saildrive, with a Flexofold folding propeller available as an option. Beyond that, the cockpit is well thought out in general, with a large one-piece companionway washboard that stows away neatly in a slot in the companionway’s sliding hatch garage (a nice feature). Their current moniker, Eyevan 7285, represents an imaginative rebuilding of the brand’s archives.

Shoal keel version, SUN ODYSSEY 319: THE PERFECT FAMILY CRUISER, click here to enlarge the birdseye view of the Sun Odyssey 319. With her twin rudders, she’s one of the quickest turning sailboats I’ve handled and also backed down very well and in full control.

On a boat this size conventional sailhandling chores will never seem onerous, and the reward of a conventional main, in particular, cannot be overstated. Toward the end of the test, we saw a steady 12 knots of wind, and I was able to get some sense of what the boat is capable of. There is also a good deal of space overall, especially given the boat’s size.

click here to enlarge the birdseye view of the Sun Odyssey 319. The beloved French race got underway with little fanfare as the millions of people who typically come out for the start of the race were ...read more, Click on the closed captioning, CC, for subtitles. In fact, it scored a win in SAIL’s 2019 Best Boats competition, in the 31-40ft Cruising Monohull category, due to its all-around handiness and its great use of interior space. ZOOM . Ahead of the start of the Vendée Globe, a panel of industry experts got together to discuss the trickledown effects of racing technology. The good news is that at all times the boat felt both nimble and light. Here you’ll find a proper-sized V-berth that is long enough and wide enough for two normal-sized people to sleep on. Originally founded in 1972, eyewear label Eyevan was known primarily in founder Kensuke Ishizu’s native Japan before a 1985 expansion secured global recognition.

The latter is an especially good idea, as otherwise the only way to get all the way aft is to hop up and around the helm on the cockpit seats, something many will consider a hassle. The standard plan calls for a “classic” slab-reefed mainsail and an overlapping genoa flying on the headstay and sheeting to tracks on the sidedecks in the conventional manner.

Unfortunately, we had the de-powered sailplan on our test boat, which I have to say, you should only specify if you are physically incapable of handling anything more. Our test boat, which came with the fixed keel, also tacked easily and lost little way coming through the wind. There is also a performance pack available with a tri radial cut in Mylar/Taffetas, German mainsheet system, and an adjustable backstay. © 2020 Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. an Active Interest Media company. Privacy Policy Though it’s a modern truism that boatbuilders favor bigger boats because they make more money on them, several production builders have recently begun introducing some smaller models to their product lines so as to attract new and younger sailors to the sport. A secure cockpit and standard wheel steering make her the perfect family cruiser. Down below, two enclosed cabins, a well-appointed galley, and a head compartment with shower complete the cruising experience. Moving even farther aft there’s a surprisingly large stateroom to port, with great vertical clearance over a large double berth, and to starboard isa small, but very adequate head.

It would also be a great retirement boat for older sailors looking to downsize from something larger. Originally founded in 1972, eyewear label Eyevan was known primarily in founder Kensuke Ishizu’s native Japan before a 1985 expansion secured global recognition. We had 17 knots of apparent wind and 10ft seas ...read more, So accustomed are today’s sailors to being able to furl their headsails that we often forget what it was like before this technology became so widespread—aboard cruising boats, in particular.