Founded in 1957 by Henri Jeannot, a speed enthusiast, Jeanneau Yachts started with the production of motor yachts. Jeannot’s passion for racing led the company to build its first wooden-hulled racing yacht, followed by a fiberglass version a year later. In 1964, Jeanneau Yachts started building sailing yachts, and in 1985, the company launched its first Lagoon sailing catamaran.
Part of the Beneteau Group since 1995, Jeanneau Yachts still produces yachts under its own brand and conducts its own technical developments. The company is a major player in the world charter fleet, thanks to its partnership with Sunsail, one of the largest international charter companies.
Innovative Technical Inventions
Jeanneau Yachts has been at the forefront of innovative technical inventions, being one of the first companies to use Kevlar cases for both motor and sailing yachts. In 2015, the company introduced an automated sailing system, allowing sailors to control the sails using buttons on the display located near the helm.
Affordable Yachts for Everyone
Jeanneau Yachts has also made yachting more affordable. It was one of the first European companies to produce relatively inexpensive sailing yachts, which made sailing accessible to a wider audience. Despite the affordable prices, the company’s popularity has only increased over the years.
Jeanneau Yachts has a wide range of sailing yachts, including the Cruise sailing series “Sun Odyssey,” which comprises models from the Sun Odyssey 319 to the Sun Odyssey 519. The Luxury cruising sailing series “Jeanneau” features models from the Jeanneau 51 to the Jeanneau 64. Finally, the Racing sailing yachts “Sun Fast” includes models from the Sun Fast 3200 to the Sun Fast 3600.
Passion for Racing
Jeanneau Yachts has always been actively involved in motor yacht racing and shows good results. In 1987, one of Jeanneau’s motor yachts set a speed record of 170.21 km/h. The company also experimented with models of sailing yachts to increase comfort, launching the line of Sun Odyssey Deck Salon (Sun Odyssey DS) models, which featured a higher ceiling in the saloon and a more spacious feel.
In recent years, the company has focused on developing luxury cruising yachts, with the creation of the Jeanneau Yachts range of cruisers over 50 feet. Today, Jeanneau Yachts continues to innovate and improve its product range, building on its history of passion for speed and commitment to excellence.