Jeanneau Storm - a wheel steered pocket cruiser


Following the success of Jeanneau's first sailboat the Alizé, Jeanneau returned in 1966 to the Dutch Architect EG van de Stadt for a larger 8.30m sailing cruiser that was marketed as the Jeanneau Storm. The design brief was evidently to provide as much accommodation as feasible, so along with 1.85m headroom there was a plumbed in heads, up to six berths, 70 litre water tank and a galley. Surprisingly for a 28 foot boat from France in the sixties, she featured wheel steering as the standard option.


The Storm had a swing keel set within a ballasted keel stub and a transom hung lifting rudder topped with quite a modest masthead rig. Whilst her fine lines and attractive sheer gave the hull a pleasant profile, to gain the accommodation, the design was rather overburdened with a raised sidedeck and high coachroof.


The production models were given a more distinctive window design than originally shown in the drawings below.

An outboard engine was neatly positioned in an inboard well ahead of the rudder.


Whist she did not achieve the same commercial success as the Alizé, Jeanneau were evidently innovating and discovering the design elements that might, or might not, be used in later more successful designs such as the Sangria and Melody.



Storm Specifications

Designer: EG van de Stadt - #157

Masthead sloop

Fibreglass hull and deck

Swing keel

Total length: 8.30 m

Waterline length: 6.55 m

Width: 2.48 m

Draft: 0.75/1.85 m

Displacement Weight: 1600 kg

Ballast: 600kg

Sail area: 31 m2

Engine: Outboard fitted in cockpit well

Production run: 1966 - 1967?


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In addition to the wheel steering, a tiller can be noted in the drawings above and below. Possibly a tiller only option was also available.

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The swing keel mechanism is neatly and discreetly hidden within the saloon table.

The Storm above has a modified stern with sugar scoop, inboard rudder and external outboard bracket.