A space for the crew
The ergonomic surprises do not stop with the Sun Odyssey’s walk-around sidedecks. Coamings, which normally would be dead space, are collapsible and extend over the sidedecks to create flat sunbed loungers. Couple this with the optional table fridge and barbecue and this cockpit could quickly transform to the ultimate in-harbour chill out zone. By offsetting the companionway almost imperceptibly to port, Briand has created a path to the transom that does not involve dodging around the cockpit table. The cockpit seats are wide, perfect to snuggle into with your feet tucked up, but anyone with shorter legs, particularly children, would have to perch on the edge to brace themselves when the boat was heeled.
As the lowered side decks have reduced storage capacity aft, the SO490’S sail locker is housed in the bow. There are aft lockers big enough for fenders and lines but this cavernous space forward could stow an inflatable dinghy and extra sails. There is a windlass and anchor chain locker forward and the anchor is housed permanently in an integral bow roller and bowsprit. This seems a sensible use of space though excessive loading of the forward locker could impact downwind performance.
The Sun Odyssey makeover continues as you head down the wide companionway steps into a light and open cedar interior. There is natural light flooding in from deck hatches, coachroof and hull windows, creating a great feeling of space. This new look is a collaboration between Jeanneau and