Three new Jean­neaus

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The Sun Odyssey mar­que is one of the suc­cess sto­ries of pro­duc­tion yacht build­ing and a key rea­son for Jean­neau be­ing the world’s largest builder of sail­ing boats from 40ft to 64ft. An as­ton­ish­ing 17,000 Sun Odysseys, pro­duced in 48 dif­fer­ent model de­signs, have launched over the last 27 years.

The un­veil­ing of the SO 440, which is nom­i­nated for Euro­pean Yacht of the Year 2018, and SO 490 this sum­mer (see our new yacht test on page 72), marks the eighth gen­er­a­tion of this im­mensely pop­u­lar fam­ily cruis­ing line. The en­trylevel SO 319 with a choice of fixed or vari­able draught keel types was also an­nounced in early Septem­ber and will be built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Delphia ship­yard in Poland.

Sun Odysseys are known for be­ing prac­ti­cal, re­li­able all-rounders but they are also con­tin­u­ously up­dated. The 440 and 490, in par­tic­u­lar, could be the most in­no­va­tive new Sun Odysseys yet. De­sign­ers Philippe Briand and Jean-marc Pi­a­ton have bor­rowed hull lines from the lat­est off­shore rac­ing yachts in­clud­ing pow­er­ful, wide bow sec­tions, full-length chines, twin rud­ders and in­te­grated bowsprits. This new hull shape cre­ates ex­tra vol­ume in the for­ward mas­ter cabin.

And there are plenty of other new ideas – above and be­low decks. Th­ese are the first pro­duc­tion cruis­ers to have truly un­hin­dered walk-around decks – the side decks slope down to meet the cock­pit sole in the quar­ters, negat­ing the need to step over the coam­ings. The coam­ings, mean­while, are not struc­tural so can fold down to form sunbeds. “I tried to use ev­ery wasted space and make it a part of life on board,” said Philippe Briand, whose work with Jean­neau spans over 45 mod­els and four decades.


SO 440: Cannes, Southamp­ton, La Rochelle, An­napo­lis, Barcelona SO 490: Cannes, Genoa, Barcelona SO 319: Am­s­ter­dam, La Rochelle

See our full test of the in­no­va­tive new SO 490 on page 72

Above: the Sun Odyssey 440. Be­low: the SO 319 will be a ver­sa­tile en­try-level yacht

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