About Ariadne’s Clew

Ariadne’s Clew is a Jeanneau Sun Oddesy 39i production boat, manufactured in France. It is fibreglass (with a few bits of timber to pretty her up) and white with a navy blue trim. You can find a short review with more facts and figures here but these are the basics:

  • Length: 39 foot or just under 12 metres long
  • Beam: 3.88 metres at the widest point
  • Height: the masthead is 17.42 metres tall from the waterline (meaning we can’t fit under the Bowen Bridge – so don’t expect any log entries on the Derwent River above this bridge, such as a visit to MONA L)
  • Draw: 2 metres (deep enough to be tricky in shallow spots like the Dennison Canal and Melaleuca Inlet)
  • Sails: around 67m2 sail area, our sails include a furling headsail (new in 2014), mainsail and a selection of spinnakers – asymmetric, standard and furling – which we rarely use – plus we carry a storm jib just in case
  • Tender: we take Theseus, our 2.7m inflatable dinghy with 4hp outboard motor, when we cruise. We also take Minos the inflatable kayak!
  • Berths: two double cabins, plus a double and single in the saloon, means we can sleep seven
  • Galley: we have gas stove, fridge and sink plus plenty of storage so catering isn’t a problem! We don’t have a barbecue attached to the rail (seriously uncool for wannabe racing sailors) but instead use a Cobb, a small portable kettle type bbq, which can sit on the cockpit table or can easily be transported onto the shore.

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