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Old 11-16-2010
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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409

Well, this one is for you Marty!

The Bavaria 40 looked very nice on the first drawings, but I have to say that the real thing is another story. The boat looks a bit fat and the interior is just plain ugly. Take a look:

http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/fileB...avaria_40_.swf

I thought that there was some confusion with the weight but it seems that the boat really weights 9T and that is a lot for a 40ft. I have read the test from the "Yacht " magazine and the performance is disappointing, even for a cruiser. I don't understand the guys from Bavaria. The boat may be a Farr design but seems slower than the previous model and it is not nicer.

On other hand I have said that the designs from the interior saloon of the new Jeanneau 409 seemed to me the best designed I had ever seen in a 40ft cruiser boat, but that I wanted to confirm that with real photos and a visit to the boat.

I have already saw the photos and they look as good as the drawings. I will be at the Paris boat show ( 3 weeks from now) to look at the real thing

Take a look at the interior (360ºpicture):

http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/fileB...nneau_409_.swf
















I had said also that, from the photos, the boat looked a bit too "pretty" meaning too feminine, if you know what I mean

No, the boat is just beautiful. These movies give us a better idea:

Neustart mit der Sun Odyssey 409 - YACHT: YACHT tv

Sun Odyssey 409 – A special recipe for beauty! - Jeanneau Yard

Sun Odyssey 409

Sun Odyssey 409

I have said that probably the new 40 Bavaria was faster: No way. They announced a performance version with 93 Sqm of sail for 7.5T. This numbers on a Philip Brian design (First 45 and 50) can only mean that this is a really fast cruiser.

http://www.jeanneau.com/medias/CMS/b...entaire_GB.pdf

The boat has also a remarkable tankage for a 40ft: 530L of water and 200L of fuel.

The only thing I really don't like is what seems the impossibility of mounting two extra side winches to have the boom control near the wheel (German sheeting).

http://www.jeanneau.com/medias/CMS/b...0826142045.pdf

Regards

Paulo

Last edited by PCP; 10-23-2013 at 11:07 AM.
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