Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319 For Sale in New England
Jeanneau 319 Review
By Katy Stickland
Jeanneau’s new 319 packs a lot in for her small size. Graham Snook tests her on the Solent to see if her handling matches her comfort
Yachts might be getting bigger every year, but there is strong competition among builders of sub-10m cruising yachts as they seek to convert new buyers into brand-loyal owners.
There’s plenty of choice, but if you’re looking for your first yacht or down-sizing and still want comfort, the Jeanneau 319 has much to offer.
Generous accommodation and lofty headroom are squeezed into a package that still sails superbly.
Usually on a test, it’s clear who to credit for all the clever features on board, but on this boat it’s less obvious.
You see, the new Jeanneau 319 is a reincarnation of the six-year-old Delphia 31.
Delphia has long built boats for other yards under contract and the 319 is built by Delphia, but she has a new hull, designed to accept Delphia’s existing inner tray moulding.
Large hull windows have been added, among other refinements. Regardless of her origins, she aims to be an easy- to-sail family cruiser with a light, practical interior.
THE TEST VERDICT
There are quite a few sub-10m entry-level (in size if not price) yachts around and the 319 is competing against the Beneteau Oceanis 31, Bavaria 34, and Hanse’s 315, all of which are good boats. So does she cut it?
Yes, I think she does. I’d be opting for the German mainsheet system brought back to the helm – to have the mainsheet out of reach from the helm on a small boat makes little sense to me. The cockpit is sheltered and comfortable and deck stowage is really good – ideal for a coastal cruiser of this size.