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The Aquila is one of the classics of the late 70s. She is very seaworthy allowing long range cruise and nowadays some copies still race with success.

Available as standard with 2 types of keel (1.65m – 5.4ft and 1.30m – 4.3ft) Jeanneau proposed from 1980 a "Regatta" version. Surprisingly the sail area is smaller but this version is much lighter and stiff: the mast wins an extra spreader set and is held by a single wire (ROD) standing rigging, the keel is made of lead and accommodations are seriously lightened especially up front. All versions benefit from a limited wet surface allowing good performances in the slightest wind.

The interior layout is close to the standards of this time but offers a toilet compartment at the aft, with better insulation and higher headroom. The mess offers 2 single bunks and a double bed by lowering the table.

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Main Features

Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerPhilippe Harlé
Building years (first/last)1975 / 1984
Number built1048
SuccessorJeanneau Fantasia 27
Regulation2eme cat. 6/9
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeLead
Rudder bladeSingle rudder on skeg
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all28.5 ft
Hull length27.2 ft
Waterline length23.3 ft
Beam over all9.8 ft
Waterline beam8.0 ft
Fore freeboard3.4 ft
Middle freeboard3.2 ft
Draft4.3 ft
Mast height37.1 ft
Mast length31.8 ft
Light displacement5181 lbs
Full load displacement7716 lbs
Ballast2205 lbs
French customs tonnage6.64 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging materialDiscontinuous ROD
Number of rows of spreader2
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea409 ft²
Downwind sailarea713 ft²
Mainsail area149 ft²
Genoa area260 ft²
Spinnaker area564 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

27.7 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

9.5 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

33.1 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

15.7 ft

SPLSpinnaker pole lenght

11.4 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

33.2 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

18.9 ft


Wetted surface180 ft²
Transverse section maximum surface11 ft²
Ballast ratio42.6 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement174.1 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement303.2 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)14.0
IOR rating20.4 ft

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x YS8
Engine power1 x 8 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 12 hp
Fuel capacity7.1 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeTwo-blade propeller


Number of cabin1
Number of berth (max./min.)6 / 4
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity23.8 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity25.1 gal
Headroom max6.0 ft
Headroom shower room5.7 ft
Headroom5.7 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom5.4 ft
Catwalk width1.3 ft

Based on specification1980

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