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Todays Insurance Survey Assignment was in Leros in the Aegean.

Construction and What To Look For:

Jeanneau is built with similar techniques and parts to Beneteau. Some examples is the internal grid liner and Lewmar and Harken deck hardware. The main factory in Les Herbiers, France builds the 39i and is a modern and sprawling alter to the sailing gods. The hull of the 39i is solid glass while for the deck Jeanneau uses vacuum bagged, balsa core construction. The hull-deck joint is very interesting on the 39i. It is of the usual flange style, but they leave a two to three inch rounded edge outboard of the teak toerail and stanchions. This rounded edge is kind of nice as an extra albeit slippery foothold. The keel is of course cast iron which is simply less costly than lead though worse for performance and maintenance. The main differences are the performance versus classic versions and the two cabin versus three cabin layouts. The performance versions have taller rigs and choose between a moderate draft of 6’6″ or deep draft of 7’3″. The two cabin versions have only a starboard side cabin aft. Portside is a lazarette and an enlarged head with a stall shower. The two cabin is more owner oriented. The three cabin layout has matching berths aft port and starboard and lacks the extra storage space.

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