The goal with the 3200, says its designer, Daniel Andrieu, was straightforward: a boat that is fast, simple, and safe for amateur shorthanded offshore sailors. Stiffness, as well as initial and ultimate stability, says Andrieu, topped Jeanneau's priority list. Consequently, the boat falls on the wide side and is built as light as possible, which has allowed them to stuff nearly 3,000 pounds of its 7,496-pound light displacement into the iron fin and lead keel bulb. They get their weight savings by using resin infusion and balsa coring, and with lightweight interior components throughout, i.e., soft storage compartments and panels en lieu of cabinets and doors. Composite accents used wherever possible contribute to the boat's weight-savings program and give it just enough high-tech flash inside to make it feel state-of-the-art.