Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440

It was one of those days when it was just impossible to sit at a desk, staring at a computer monitor, while outside — blue skies and a good 10 knots of breeze. A review of Jeanneau’s Sun Odyssey 440 Performance beckoned.

Up to Sai Kung, out through the entrance to Hebe Haven and into Port Shelter we glided, easing out the headsail, raising the main, and just slipping through the deep blue water . . . off to who knows where?

Designed by Philippe Briand and Jean-Marc Piaton, the boat is part of a new Sun Odyssey range (now 27 years since the first). High performance, it has full-length hull chine, secure helm stations, twin rudders, a retractable bow thruster, cathedral rigging and an L-shaped keel.

Other technical advantages include an integrated bowsprit and entirely new extendable protective coamings. This forms a large and accommodating lounging area and sundeck.

Movement about the deck is also facilitated by the separation of the shrouds. Specially designed canvas options are also available, while a lower boom makes for easier access to the sail. The jib and mainsheet are led to centralised
winches, located near the helm stations, for easy handling from the safety of the cockpit.

There is also a portable BBQ grill that can be used onboard or taken ashore, along with the portable fridge, for a picnic!

Jean-Marc Piaton and his crew have succeeded in designing a surprising interior. The central galley, located in the most stable part of the boat, is easily accessed from both the saloon and the cockpit. The Sun Odyssey offers a chart table designed in the pure nautical tradition, with a contoured seat, and a large and deep desk. A touch screen panel enables monitoring of tankage and batteries.

The owner’s cabin of the new generation of Sun Odysseys enjoys an interior volume never before seen on a boat this size. It has a private head and separate shower compartment with the luxury of a double door access.

The Sun Odyssey 440 is available with two interior layouts, composed of two or three cabins, with two head compartments. The interior, in teak, will also be available soon in an optional grey cedar wood finish.

The price is E350,000 and you can be out sailing Port Shelter in about six months from placing your order. Call Don Chow for details — 9104 7816.

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