Our home on the water is ‘Thalia’, a 47′ sailboat built by Jeanneau in 1989. Jeanneau built two styles of the Sun-Kiss model. One was a 45 foot hull. Later, they added a 2′ sugar scoop stern to make it 47 feet overall. She is a sloop rig, with a modified fin keel. In comparison to the average sailboat out there, she has a moderate displacement and therefore will sail a bit faster. Like anything else, all boats are a compromise. Our old boat, Pamela J, was much heavier for her size and was a full-keel design. She took a bit more windspeed to get going, but she was a very stable boat and less affected by heavy seas when compared to other boats of her size.
We bought Thalia in 2001. She was in the water on the Sakonnet River, RI. Although she was a solid boat, the fact that there was a bird’s nest inside the boom tells you how often she was sailed! But, these and other cosmetic issues didn’t dissuade us. Jeanneau makes many fine boats that reside in ports all over the world.
Here are some of the boat’s particulars:
Length overall: 47′ 6″
Length on waterline: 37′ 3″
Overall beam: 14′ 6″
Draft: 6′ 11″
Displacement: 25,353 lbs approx.
Ballast: 9038 lbs approx.
Tonnage: 21.63 registered tons
The Sun-Kiss model has a perfect layout for living aboard and cruising. There’s a master cabin forward with a double berth and ensuite head. Aft, there are two identical double berths, one each for the boys, and a head located in between. She has a European style linear galley across from a wrap around main salon seating area.