By John Kerr

Canadian Yachting has done a lot of reviews of European boats of late but because of timing we have missed the Jeanneau boat line and have yet to review it. The builder is well-known and well-established and has been building boats for over 50 years.

Although we have yet to sail this boat we have crawled through it a few times and are keen to present at the very least this profile. We are told that the DS 39 is the fourth model in the DS line; it’s a beautiful boat capitalizing on the neat teardrop window and resulting cabin lines gifted from the 54 DS. Other models are the 49 DS and 42 DS. While the DS moniker refers to deck saloon we immediately referred to it as distinctive style.

It’s this new flare of boat that seems to be hitting the drawing boards from Europe of late and Jeanneau is not disappointing in both power and sail lines. The DS 39 enters a very competitive niche, that 40-something range where the buyers are somewhat driven by value and are a slightly more cost conscious.

Designers Marc Lombard and Garraoni have done a wonderful job bringing many new attributes to this boat. It is a must-see if you are thinking of purchasing a 35-40 footer. It is a perfect family boat and easily handles two couples on an extended trip.

The 39DS model is a sleek and well-fitted cruising boat. Its12’ 8” beam runs far aft and gives the boat a big feeling while performance, according to all reports we have, is never compromised.

Above decks the Jeanneau DS 39 has wonderfully appealing lines. Its now fashionable curved coach roof lends a nice touch and provides tons of great open deck space. Moving forward is easy because of the neat way they have split the upper and lower shrouds, with the lowers inboard at the coach house roof and the uppers attached on standard chain plates. Double lifelines on well -designed and fitted stanchions are standard.

The unique shaped cockpit is large and flows into the companionway; the seating is more than ample. We loved the twin steering wheel set up and the neat cupped like seating for the helmsmen that certainly allows for comfortable steering and a great view of the headsail. We always like to see if we can see the sails from a comfortable position, though I must say we are somewhat biased; we always try to see if we can sit up and steer from the weather side. We also liked the position of the primary Harken winches allowing an easy trim from the helm when and if needed. The mainsheet leads aft under the cabin top along with other control lines but is easily accessible for any crew. The secondary winches are located in the perfect place to allow easy use even with a full canvas and dodger in place.

The cockpit table is permanently mounted on the centreline and because of the unique triangular cockpit feel there is plenty of room to get around it. It’s got an easy and elegant transom-exit allowing a two-step drop to the integrated teak-decked swim platform.

Looking forward the integrated raise splash rail forward of the companionway is a natural attachment point for the dodger.

The Selden mast is deck-stepped and uses the in-mast, roller-furling configuration. Selden continues to develop this technology and we found this one easy to furl and unfurl. The discontinuous rig set up–linked at each spreader–is done well and the mast exit boxes are designed beautifully. Going forward, the DS39 comes standard with a nice stainless anchor sprit, a substantial anchor locker and rope chain windlass mounted below the deck.

The distinctive styling continues below. For some reason boat designers are taking the latest in architectural design and incorporating what they see on dry land into the new boats; the new DS 39 curved steps are not only a great design feature but practical when entering and exiting when heeled underway. What is also striking is the openness but clearly this is a direct result of the increased headroom that comes well aft due to the deck lines and the large windows, ports and large deck skylights that flank the mast. The integrated, L-shaped galley is a nice touch as it contributes to the openness with a well-placed clear backsplash (accommodating a double sink) being the only barrier to the saloon.

The single head on the port side takes advantage of the maximum width of the boat and the angled door entry complement the interior’s feel. In the past the temptation to put two heads on board would have ruined what we feel is one of the best uses of interior space we have seen. Below it feels like a boat much bigger than it is. The head has a large shower and is spacious in its own right. The large storage locker is also accessed through the head as well as above deck through the cockpit seat.

The chart table is also on the port side opposite the galley and provides ample room to work and lots of room to add any needed electronics. The large table is neatly fitted to allow easy sitting for six.

The master cabin is aft with its huge berth athwartships; it’s surprisingly bright with ample light from the hull ports and hatch. Well-ventilated, it also boasts a large hanging locker. A double aft cabin configuration is also available. The forward cabin’s v berth is large and well lit through the forward hatch.

The boat is powered by a 40 HP Yanmar that is easily accessed through a series of hatches in the aft cabin and head and aft berth.

All in all this is a great boat, well laid out below and spacious. Jeanneau must be complimented on not trying to do too much and overdue it. The distinctive design above decks is certainly matched below and the value speaks for its self. All in all, it is a boat not to miss.

www.jeanneau.com

Originally published in Canadian Yachting's June 2007 issue.

Specifications:

LOA - 38' 10" - 11.81m

LWL - 35' 1" - 10.69m

Beam - 12' 8" - 3.84m

Draft (deep) - 6' 6" - 1.98m

Sail Area - 667 sq.ft. - 62 sq. m

Displacement (deep) - 15, 984 lb. - 7,250 kg

Water - 94 gal - 356 l

Fuel - 34 gal. - 129 l

Engine - 40-hp. Yanmar

Designer - Marc Lombard / Garroni Designers

Price - $172,000 (2007)

 

Related Articles

 

 

Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54By Zuzana Prochazka

Beneteau saw an opportunity to add a little thrill to any cruising adventure, so they took the hull of the First 53 racer (introduced just last year), and with a few fashionable changes, created the Oceanis Yacht 54, the new entry-level of Beneteau’s swanky Oceanis Yacht line. The result is a performance cruiser that sails like a witch and looks like a grande dame.

Design

Roberto Biscontini is the naval architect and Lorenzo Argento created the details of the exterior and interior design. 

Read More

Destinations

  • Prev
Over the course of four days in September 1864, representatives from Prince Edward Island, Nova ...
The new owners of L’Orignal Marina offer boaters a new destination. Located in a charming ...
On Friday, April 2 at 7 pm ET on TVO and streaming anytime after that on tvo.org and the TVO ...
Salt Spring Island, the largest among the Gulf Islands, has a certain mystique—much of it having to ...
Located in Lake Huron, the internationally significant Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater ...
In Part I, Sheryl Shard ended the story at June and the start of Hurricane Season when they were ...
You likely aren’t quite ready to travel yet, but we have our fingers crossed that we can all fly ...

Riverest MarinaThe new owners of L’Orignal Marina offer boaters a new destination. Located in a charming francophone village in Eastern Ontario, this joined marina and restaurant venue is the ambitious initiative of long-time entrepreneur André Chabot and biologist Alexandra Quester, both residents of L’Orignal.

The purchase of the L’Orignal Marina was made official in November 2020. The new year was barely underway when all 50 available slips were already reserved. No wonder the addition of member and visitor slips is already planned for the 2022 season – the 2021 count is up to 62 power and sail already. At the moment, the Riverest Marina offers boaters a stop where they can launch their boat...

Read More

Lifestyle

  • Prev
Last issue we featured a story about the engagement proposal aboard Via-Mara, a 1969 Trojan 42 Aft ...
With thanks to Sail Canada, here’s a collection of photos that are Olympic quality. Clearly our ...
Wow. That was a lot of fun reading the collection of boat names that came in from all over the ...
No individual had a greater impact on the modern sport of sailing than Bruce Kirby. Known and ...
Just off The Ocean Race European Tour, Daniel is setting his sights on competing in The Ocean Race ...
After being our fearless leader and publisher since CYOB kicked off, Greg Nicoll, handed over the ...
Swim Drink Fish is spearheading the Vancouver Plastic Cleanup by installing, maintaining, and ...
With but four weeks to go, Sarah is in Japan, staying safe while acclimatizing to the heat at ...
MJM is a different kind of boat builder, second generation family owned and operated, we design and ...
Stuart Hendrie, a pro photographer sent along this photo of the pirate ship in Jordan Ontario. Many ...

DIY & How to

  • Prev
It’s a scary thought - whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – it’s ...
It’s a scary thought – but whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – ...
Last summer there was tremendous interest in buying a boat to have fun in the restricted world ...
The boat buying or selling market is hot now and has been since the late spring of 2020. Sean ...
Last issue we got up with Montreal sailor Marc Robic who has accumulated a lot of tips and tricks ...
While some parts of the country are lucky enough to have year-round boating, there are plenty of ...
A Transducer is a device that is installed below the waterline that provides underwater data to a ...
Spring has finally sprung! At least it has weather wise here in Montreal, so it is with great ...
For most of us, the thrill of being aboard is associated with the motion of the water, wind in our ...
An important, but often overlooked maintenance item on any type of boat is it’s steering system. ...

Galvanic CorrosionIt’s a scary thought – but whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – it’s slowly deteriorating under you. Part of this is the nature of the marine environment: Sun, moisture, waves, wind, movement and vibration all contribute to components breaking down.

But there are other factors that are much more concerning and act at a significantly faster rate that the environment can take credit for. One of these is commonly spoken of, but not terribly well understood: Corrosion. As boaters, we’re concerned with two main types of corrosion: Galvanic and Stray-Current. This edition will focus on galvanic corrosion – in two weeks, stay tuned for info on stray-current.

Read More

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
Watermakers take ocean water and create perfect drinking water using reverse osmosis. A Schenker ...
If you’re headed out for a weekend afloat or on a week-long cruise you often must park your vehicle ...
Ten years ago, St. Margaret’s Bay (Halifax), Nova Scotia-based SailTimer Inc. made the first ...
Between the odor and working in confined spaces, replacing an onboard sanitation line is never a ...
For many boat owners who have gear to tote and the occasional stretch of bumpy road to negotiate, a ...
The 2022 Sea-Doo Switch is a re-imagined pontoon that makes hitting the water more accessible than ...
On the water audiophile-quality sound is attainable with the new JBL-R3500 source unit. The latest ...
An environmentally friendly product for refinishing your teak, hemp wood finishing oil is an ...
August means cruising, entertaining and enjoying summer at its finest. And that means food and ...
A Bluetooth-enabled phone or tablet is ideal for streaming music, but it's often stowed safely away ...

News

  • Prev
Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s Defiant completed a six-race sweep of the Cup for Canada over Zing, the ...
On September 6, Groupe Beneteau laid out its course to develop new boating experiences, new ...
Last Friday, the first ever Canada’s Celebration of Sailing honoured the season for Sailing in ...
Boating Ontario is very proud to have Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety jump on ...
Montreal-based Vision Marine Technologies, Inc. is headed to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout to ...
Summer is in full swing with Canadians enjoying time outside and on the water. So, while enjoying ...
On July 23 last year, CYOB published a piece on a beautifully restored 1967 Trojan 42 Motor ...
HanseYachts AG presents RYCK, its third motorboat brand carrying the "Made in Germany" label. The ...
“We are all proud of our athletes and coaches who have dedicated themselves to push Canadian ...
Collingwood, ON hq’d Limestone Boat Company – owner and builder of Aquasport Boats, Limestone Boats ...

Mia and Caleb's EngagementOn July 23 last year, CYOB published a piece on a beautifully restored 1967 Trojan 42 Motor Yacht in Oromocto NB. (That piece was also expanded in CY magazine later in the year.)

One of our Canadian Yachting contributors, Denise Miller, had shared the article on my social media and a young man reached out and asked if she could connect him with the owners of the boat, Dave and Barb. Denise leapt into action and Dave and Barb were thrilled. They concocted a plan that the young lady, Mia, thought she was coming to model for a sales brochure for Dave to do charter tours.

Read More