Our ver­dict

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I think per­haps the real ge­nius be­hind this de­sign is un­der­stand­ing the in­ter­nal po­ten­tial of a full bow shape to a cruis­ing boat. Jean­neau has def­i­nitely gone large in its at­tempt to move the Sun Odyssey range for­ward. The de­sign fea­tures on this boat re­ally are dif­fer­ent, they have chal­lenged the sta­tus quo and asked the ques­tion ‘why can’t this be eas­ier?’

Per­son­ally, I don’t find the Sun Odyssey 490 a pretty boat – it is bullish and re­minds me of a fist punch­ing through waves – how­ever beauty can be found in func­tion as well as form. This de­sign is about easy liv­ing and easy sail­ing, and it of­fers a lot for the price. It is a big boat and will de­liver fast and fun sail­ing in the right con­di­tions. It is user friendly, ver­sa­tile and has a stylish in­te­rior that of­fers no com­pro­mise on com­fort.

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