The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 won Cruising World’s “Import Boat of the Year” award.
“The Jeanneau was one of the best sailing yachts in this year’s contest, and is the very definition of an outstanding performance cruiser. The panelists gave the boat top marks for innovation and versatility,” said Herb McCormick, Cruising World Boat of the Year director.
In addition to Import Boat of the Year, Jeanneau’s Sun Odyssey 410 was announced as the Best Midsize Cruiser Over 38 Feet.
“On some boats during powering tests, I throw the helm over and they’re immediately unstable. Not the 490. This thing was a sled, it just turned right on a track, with authority. And once we’d raised the sails, just look how it stood up to its canvas. The ergonomics in the cockpit, including the winches, were nothing short of perfect. And I’ve always been skeptical about the chines on modern boats, but not anymore. They had the courage to take the chine the full length of the waterline where it actually creates more stability and even lateral resistance. Once you heel to 10 degrees, it digs in and stays there. I think that’s what explains the stability. I’m not sure it would be as effective when scaled down to models with shorter waterlines, but with 49 feet they have the space to make these ideas work. This thing is truly a player. I think they’ve got a winner here,” said Alvah Simon of Cruising World.
THE SUN ODYSSEY 490 : A NEW VISION OF LIFE ON BOARD
Designed by Philippe Briand and Jean-Marc Piaton, the new Sun Odyssey 490 successfully combines contemporary style and harmony, all while respecting the heritage of her 27 years.
This sailboat from 49 feet has revolutionized cruising: she is the only sailboat in their category to feature movement about the deck without obstacle. For example, the sidedecks are inclined, sloping down to the cockpit floor, meaning that there is no need to step over the coaming!
Life on board has never been so simple and comfortable.
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