Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 440

With its new-gen­er­a­tion Sun Odyssey 440, Jean­neau has in­tro­duced a yacht with de­sign fea­tures so good they’re sure to be mi­grated to the rest of the mod­els in the French builder’s sta­ble.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY LAWRENCE SCHÄF­FLER

Mark­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of de­sign with loads of in­no­va­tive fea­tures.

The 440’s other re­ally in­no­va­tive cock­pit fea­ture – and one of my fa­vorites – is the ‘con­vert­ible’ cock­pit back­rests. In nor­mal mode these spa­cious cock­pit benches have slop­ing back­rests, all em­bel­lished with squabs and cush­ions. But an in­ge­nious bit of de­sign sees the back­rests fold ‘flat’ and, with the squabs, they cre­ate large sun beds ei­ther side of the cock­pit ta­ble.

Move­ment around the cock­pit is also im­proved by the off-cen­tre ta­ble – slightly to star­board – leav­ing a wider ‘pas­sage’ and eas­ier ac­cess to the stern and board­ing plat­form. It’s a well-de­signed ta­ble – leafs ei­ther side, with two built-in ice-chests for im­me­di­ate ac­cess to an­other cold one.

The aft end of the ta­ble has a moulded fi­bre­glass con­sole with the wind in­stru­ments. They’re easy to read from ei­ther helm – and I also like the dis­play for the 45hp Yan­mar diesel. It’s po­si­tioned on the star­board side of that con­sole.

With the en­gine con­trols at the star­board helm (and mounted at a de­cent height, they’re very handy), a sim­ple glance af­firms the Yan­mar’s well-being. My back com­plains about en­gine con­trols/dis­plays at foot-level.

Sail con­trols also ben­e­fit from the cock­pit de­sign. The helms are mounted on pedestals slop­ing in­board, and

This is an easy boat to sail – even sin­gle-handed – and I’m con­fi­dent she’ll become a sig­nif­i­cant factor in Jean­neau’s sales fig­ures.

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