Sun Odyssey 490 named “Best of the Best” by Robb Report

Jeanneau's latest sailboat model, the Sun Odyssey 490, has been recognized by the European Robb Report magazine.
Each year, Robb Report Spain recognizes the “Best of the Best” in 24 categories, including wine, jewellery, real estate and aeronautics.
At an event at the Miguel Ángel Hotel in Madrid, Jeanneau received the “Best of the Best” award for the Sun Odyssey 490 in the category, “Best Boat”.
Jeanneau says the award “underscores the tremendous work realised by the Jeanneau team, Philippe Briand, naval architect and designer and Jean-Marc Piaton, designer”.
The Boat
The new Sun Odyssey 490 utilises technical and technological advances to enhance the owners' quality of life at sea:
– Full length chine
– Secure helm stations
– Twin rudders
– Retractable bow thruster
– Cathedral rigging
– L-shaped keel
– Integrated bowsprit
A new feature for this type of yacht are the tall, protective coamings which are extendable. Jeanneau says this affords greater security whilst under way, and enhanced comfort when laid flat, forming a “large and accommodating” lounging area and sundeck.
Movement about the deck is facilitated by the separation of the shrouds with the vertical shroud located on the outside of the hull, and inner diagonal shroud placed inboard for an easy passage forward. It also facilitates use of a large genoa.
Specially designed canvas options are available which include an innovative option of a fully enclosed cockpit and a high visibility spray hood for protection and comfort in all conditions.
In addition to the inclined and continuous side decks and the extendable coamings, the new generation of Sun Odysseys benefit from a lower boom for easier access to the sail and an increased sail area.
The headsail and the mainsail are led to centralised winches located near the helm stations for easier handling from the safety of the cockpit.
The cockpit table houses controls for lighting and instruments, as well as a section for storage and a portable 12-volt refrigerator. The is also a portable BBQ that can be used onboard or taken onshore, with the portable fridge, for a picnic.
Access to the interior is via a gently inclined 40deg companionway. The design house of Jean-Marc Piaton has created a visually and physically large and lighter living space with a contemporary modern design.
The spacious saloon has long hull windows for light, and the table can also be folded down easily to a wide comfortable lounge for when the meals have been finished.
The central galley, located in the most stable part of the boat, is easily accessed from both the saloon and the cockpit. More innovations abound with solutions for the microwave and dish storage, as well as an ideally located opening port for cooking ventilation.
The chart table is designed in the best nautical tradition with a contoured seat and a large, deep desk with integrated pen storage. Extra storage compartments and a signature clock and barometer set are close to the touch screen panel, enabling easy monitoring of water, fuel and batteries.
With a wider forward section of the hull, and by shifting the head compartment aft and the sail locker forward, the owner’s cabin of the new generation of Sun Odysseys enjoys an interior volume never before seen on a boat this size. 
The cabin features a berth of 160 by 200 cm, with a multitude of storage compartments, as well as a private head and separate shower compartment with the luxury of a double door access.
The guest cabins benefit from a contemporary and harmonious layout. The design was carefully considered in order to allow each cabin to include large rectangular berths.
The Sun Odyssey 490 will be initially available with two possible interior layouts, composed of two or three cabins, with two head compartments. The interior, in teak, will also be available in an optional grey cedar wood finish.
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