Under 36 foot ours was 41ft, why go small?
Heavy bomb proof standing and running rigging yes
Not a high free board yes
Yanmar engine yes 44hp and with a Brunton prop
Encapsulated keel no, but then ours could stand nudging coral
Rudder supported at its base on skeg , no, but half skeg and very solid S/S stock
Cutter rig yes and with proper running backsyays too
Large fuel and water tanks fitted low down in the hull and on the yachts centre line large low water tanks, yes, fuel for 400mls but why motor?
Single fuel tank with an integral lowered sump in its base to take off fuel samples and catch sludge yes
Plenty of storage also low down in the hull, below the cabin sole or at least at minimal distance above the water line yes
Wheel steering with direct auto pilot drive to steering mechanism with heavy S/S rod connection to rudder quadrant, (absolutely no chain or wire ropes) We had wire and carried premade spares
Facility to quickly fit emergency steering tiller yes
Large chain locker and powerful electric windlass yes
Plenty of opening cabin port lights yes eleven IIRC
Plenty of ventilation via dorade vents yes
Good cabin and hull insulation yes
Heavily laid up hull yes, entire hull laid up with Kevlar, as per bullet proof vests.
Easy engine access, underway if necessary yes
Oh and we also had
Substantial granny bars at the mast
All three slab reefs in the fully battened main handled from the cockpit, one person job to put in or shake out
Both mainsail and roller headsail in Hydranet Spectra reinforced Dacron.
Stern gantry/goalposts carrying fixed solar panel and large wind generator.
Full bimini usable under sail and linking to the sprayhood or standalone, convertible into full cockpit enclosure.
Very comfortable cockpit underway and at anchor.
Ability to sail in light winds yet go to windward in a gale
Ability to keep up decent passage speeds in light winds
Cost? Well, in the region of £60,000, significantly cheaper I would guess than the Vancouver 34, even a well used one.
Sermons from my pulpit are with tongue firmly in cheek and without any warranty!
I dont know the Jeanneau 41 Sun Legend, in fact in 25 years of ownership I have been happy enough with my yacht to have only had two, a 28 and now the 34. I have though sailed other peoples yachts of various pedigree and short or singled handed I was never happy with a fast performance design. I like the yacht to feel right and give me plenty of advanced warning when she needs a bit of attention. This is why I said under 36' also to keep things well under control while short handed, tired and cold. However I do acknowledge I have never been in a hurry about anything, life is too short.
I did Google for a report of the 41 Sun Legend and it doesn't seem to warrant the side by side comparison that you are trying to make.
Jeaneaus have always struck me as one step below Beneteau on build quality and several steps down on design quality. The Sun Legend 41 is a recycled IOR typeform hull and rig cut down to make a cruising boat of sorts. They represent the kind of thinking that made the IOR rule so notorious, under ballasted, tender and prone to being over powered and wiping out but with poor light air performance.
While these boats have a certain cult following they have never appealled to me. Perhaps some of my distain for these boats comes from watching an acquaintance try to put one back together after being in the charter trade.
To me they are underwhelming and over priced.
[QUOTE=Robin;3409175]The odd thing is that same specification is not too dissimilar to the Jeanneau ......
Aye, like two peas in a pod.
Both are lovely boats but are for different markets imho.
Now - do you "fly a biplane"? - is your mast stayed? a silly idea that technology hasnt moved on - to the cantilever. Do you need a stayed mast for a tight luff? are you doing it because your ancestors did?
Stayed masts are obsolete. Like...