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.
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.