Deep draft

Melody was brought on the market in 1976 by Jeanneau with the name Sloop 10.25m. It became quickly an iconic cruising boat. The heavy structure and the resulting weight give an excellent seaworthiness, while the deep keel helps to limit the heel. To power the Melody, Jeanneau offers a large sail area mainly in front of the mast with a massive 50sqm – 538sqft Genoa. This solid and seaworthy sailboat is even today a good choice for a budget cruiser.

The Melody has plenty of well designed interior space, but the poor ventilation might hold a surprise: it is worthwhile to pay some special attention to the kitchen and toilette bulkheads and interior lining.

See the Melody's specifications on

Main Features

VersionDeep draft
Sailboat typeCruising monohull
DesignerAndré Mauric
Building years (first/last)1976 / 1982
Number built607
SuccessorSun Rise 34
Regulation1ere 8/10 pers.
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeTrapezoidal keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle rudder on skeg
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all34.6 ft
Hull length33.6 ft
Waterline length28.5 ft
Beam over all11.1 ft
Draft6.2 ft
Mast height52.1 ft
Mast length46.6 ft
Light displacement13228 lbs
Ballast6393 lbs
French customs tonnage11.03 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeMasthead Sloop
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader angleNeutral (0°)
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea807 ft²
Downwind sailarea1345 ft²
Mainsail area269 ft²
Genoa area538 ft²
Working jib area355 ft²
Jib area226 ft²
Stormsail area97 ft²
Spinnaker area1076 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

42.3 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

12.0 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

46.4 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

14.8 ft


Ballast ratio48.3 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement134.5 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement224.2 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)18.5
IOR rating27.5 ft

Auxiliary engine

Type1 x 2QM
Engine power1 x 18 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 27 hp
Fuel capacity23.8 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeShaft-line
Propeller typeThree-blade propeller


Number of cabin2
Number of berth8
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity47.6 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity31.7 gal
Headroom max6.4 ft
Headroom shower room6.0 ft
Headroom6.2 ft
Table dimensions3.9 x 3.3 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom5.4 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom4.9 ft

Based on specification1982

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