The freeboard is necessarily high, but the curvy line of the deck saloon makes the boat attractive.The hull is built of solid hand-laid fiberglass with ISO gelcoat and a protective barrier coat to resist osmosis and is strengthened with a fiberglass grid reinforced in high-load ar-eas. A system of limber holes ensures that all bilge water ends up in the sump. The deck is built using Jeanneau’s resin-injection “Prisma process” with end-grain balsa core and ISO gelcoat. The electrical and plumbing lines are neatly bundled and secure. The engine compartment opens from all directions, yielding reasonably good access to the “new-generation” Yanmar diesel. The deck is crew friendly, with effective antiskid and good grab points. The 39 DS will be convenient for a couple to manage and probably a bit more active for a singlehander because the cabintop mainsheet is several steps forward from the wheels, and the jibsheet winches. Sight lines from the helms are excellent.
The raised saloon gives fine visibility and lots of light in the main living space. Tank-age is mounted low under the cabin sole
to help provide stability. The berth in the forward cabin is comfortable, and the broad stern sections create space for the galley, head,and a big aft cabin with a double berth that should accommodate even the most rest-less of sleepers. The interior spaces attractively combine satin-varnished teak, off-white fiberglass, and leatherlike upholstery, all illuminated by plentiful ports and hatches.
The galley, with its L-shaped lay-out, open counter space, and high-quality appliances. There’s only one head compartment, a wise design choice in a boat of this size, and it has plenty of overhead clearance for tall sailors. In all, this interior is a truly pleasant environment. The only issues are that the forward bulkhead cutout leaves a small threshold in the forward-cabin passageway, and there’s a small step down going to the aft cabin, both of which could trip up the unwary.