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The New Sun Odyssey 33i

May 27, 2016



The New Sun Odyssey 33i is beachable; that is, it can be taken to the shore. There is a protective shoe attached to the bottom of each of the rudders. The boat sits on the keel wings and the twin rudders.

The drop-keel version is 0.85m with centreboard up and 2.2m with it down. It has a shallow-draught winged keel that is fixed, and the centreboard only adds extra stability and pointing ability, so in many conditions you can sail without any centreboard down at all.



The 33i comes in two other keel configurations: standard (1.9m) and shallow draught (1.47m). The 33i’s predecessor, the Sun Odyssey 32, also came in a centreboard version, but the keel and rudders were not designed to be beached.

Escape the routine and enjoy the finest moments of cruising. Below, the inviting interior features quality trimmings.

On Deck

Peaceful, you will sit comfortably in the spacious cockpit and enjoy its intuitive handling, its light, reactive wheel steering and having all sail handling functions within easy reach. Aboard this beautiful sailboat, you will rediscover the pleasure of sailing.

The cockpit is large, as one would expect of a boat designed with sunny climes in mind, and would comfortably seat at least six. The layout is good, and it is easy to move around. Pride of place centre cockpit goes to a pedestal with wheel, compass and engine controls. A folding table abutting the pedestal is an optional extra.

As standard you get a partially battened main and a 115-percent genoa. The sails are Dacron by Technique Voile, the aluminum mast by Selden and deck gear by Harken and Spinlock. All 33i come with lazyjacks, a boombag and a rope boom vang. The vang is right over the saloon hatch, so while you can still open that hatch to about 70 degrees, you cannot flip it right back (presuming the hatch was designed for that).


You will love her open, practical galley, a true chart table with full functionality, her comfortable and spacious saloon, and a fully equipped shower and head compartment. Each comfortable cabin features large hanging lockers and numerous portholes for a sea view.blog_sun-odyssey-33i

Heading below down the companionway, there is plenty of headroom is good at 1.85m, and the combination of a hardwood called Alpi — especially grown for Jeanneau and sister company Beneteau — and cream upholstery is easy on the eye and in that modern simple but elegant style that the French manufacturers seem to have down pat.

Aft you have what most would use as the master cabin, with a large athwartships berth with one hatch and a hanging locker and a shelf.

The 21hp Yanmar shaftdrive engine is adjacent under the companionway steps, which lift up. Access is also possible from the sides and rear.

Midships to port you have a combined head and shower with a Jabsco toilet with electric macerator and an 80L rotomoulded holding tank and one opening hatch.

Midships to starboard is an L-shaped galley with a round sink, several storage compartments, two-burner Eno stove and oven and 100L top-opening Vitrifrigo fridge-freezer.

Forward again is the saloon area, which has a large hatch, a nifty small sliding nav table with electrics panel (VHF added by Keith), two straight settees and a drop-leaf table. There is stowage under the settees and behind their backs and three good-sized lockers over them on each side, although the hot-water system does take up some of the space under one settee.

Completing the picture is the forward cabin with bifold doors, a smallish V-berth, hanging locker with a compartment for shoes under, shelf and one opening hatch. The 160L water tank is under the berth; for extended coastal cruising you’d want to add extra tankage somewhere else.





The “i” in the 33i’s name stands for a vacuum-infused deck, which means Jeanneau has embraced the latest vacuum construction techniques, which are slightly more expensive, but do result in a lighter and stronger boat. However, vacuum infusion is harder to do for a hull, and this is still hand-laid the traditional way, and in this instance the 33i’s hull is solid glass right to the gunwales.





Length overall


9.96 m / 33″

Hull length


9.74 m / 32″

Hull beam


3.34 m / 11″

Light displacement


4645 kg / 10219 lbs

Standard keel draught


1.95 m / 6″

Fuel capacity


140 L / 37 US GAL

Water capacity


160 L / 42 US GAL







CE Category





M. Lombard

Total standard sail area


51.5 m² / 554 sq ft


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