Sun Way 21
Wing keel

Jeanneau offers the Sun Way 21 as a coastal cruising sailboat, trailerable and modern. The sailplan gives the priority to the main sail, which for easy maneuvering comes in standard with Lazy Jack. The Sun Way 21 can receive two sets of appendages: a lifting keel associated with rudder also able to be lifted or a short wing keel, inspired by Australia II, associated with a fixed rudder. Another interesting aspect is the polyurethane foam injected between the hull and the counter mold making the boat unsinkable.

Inside everything is designed for comfort and ease: no bulkhead breaks the volume and linings, attached with Velcro, are washable. A kitchen unit is slipped under the cockpit and accessible by pulling on the descent. Life on a coastal cruising sailboat is also happening outside, there is therefore a large cockpit and a fitted transom for swimming.

Full of clever details and trailerable the Sun Way 21 was elected Boat of the Year 1989 and was one of the best sellers from Jeanneau.

See the Sun Way 21's specifications on

Main Features

ModelSun Way 21
VersionWing keel
Sailboat typeCruising monohull
Trailerable monohull
DesignerJ&J Design
Building years (first/last)1989 / 1994
Number built532
PredecessorSun Fast 20
SuccessorSun 2000
Regulation3eme Cat. 4/6 Pers.
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeWing keel
Ballast typeCast iron
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all21.3 ft
Hull length20.7 ft
Waterline length17.9 ft
Beam over all8.2 ft
Draft2.5 ft
Light displacement1874 lbs
Ballast507 lbs
French customs tonnage2.97 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (7/8)
MastDeck stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea248 ft²
Downwind sailarea398 ft²
Mainsail area129 ft²
Genoa area118 ft²
Spinnaker area269 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

24.9 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

8.9 ft

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

23.0 ft

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

7.4 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

22.3 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

10.0 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

22.9 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

13.3 ft


Ballast ratio27.1 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement291.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement468.6 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)9.0

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 4 hp
Power max (optional)1 x 5 hp
Transmission typeOutboard


Number of berth4
Fresh water capacity10.6 gal
Headroom max4.8 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*2.1 ft
Cockpit length6.5 ft
Cockpit width5.2 ft

Based on specification1990

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