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Jeanneau 44DS Review


Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS

By Adam Cort
Jeanneau 44DSI tend to look at boats like the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS, under the assumption that dramatic styling and scads of space belowdecks leave little room in the design brief for performance. In the case of the 4DS, though, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

CONSTRUCTION

Like the other boats in the Jeanneau stable, the 44DS comes from the company’s large and very efficient plant in Les Herbiers, France. The basic canoe body, which was drawn by Philippe Briand, is the same as that of the Sun Odyssey 439, and is also solid, hand-laid fiberglass with a protective barrier coat to prevent blisters.

The deck—a product of Franck Darnet’s drawing board—is fabricated using Jeanneau’s proprietary Prisma injection-molding process. The result is a structure with a smooth, clean interior finish, which precludes the need for liners to be aesthetically pleasing. Injection molding also allows manufacturers to control the amount of resin used, which yields an excellent strength-to-weight ratio—a particular concern when trying to keep the center of gravity low in a deck-saloon design, like this one.

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