A space for the crew

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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.

Be­low decks

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

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