Originally Posted by Melrna
I have the distinct pleasure of helping to deliver the new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 to the boat show next week. 4 day sail from St Pete to Miami. This boat has been in every mag all over the world to include sailboat of the year. As always I will give in in depth write up on this boat and others that are there. I am excited to sail this new Jeanneau. Since I am in the market for my next boat, time will tell if I love this boat or its sister the new 43 which is being made as we speak. This boat I am sailing was made in France I believe. The new ones being delivered here in the US are being made in South Carolina. ....
I would be very interested in hearing your opinion about the sailing potential of the 409. I have talked with some guys that have sailed the boat and I have read what several sail testers said about it. It would be nice to compare those impressions with your own.
Do you know if you are going to sail the performance version of the boat or the standard one? (the performance one has an improved standing and running rigging, an overlapped genoa and better quality sails).
We have talked extensively about that boat on the "interesting sailboats" thread. If you want to post your comments also there you will be more than welcomed
Regarding the 439 I have been inside one last week, on the Dusseldorf boat show. The boat is very similar to the 409, only a little bit bigger all around. If you like music, the 409 comes with an excellent sound system (I loved it so much that will mount one of those on my next boat).
The great thing on the 409, besides its good interior, is that it really has enough storage space on the cockpit to suit most users needs, and I mean in the three cabin boat. That is very rare on a 40ft, that in most cases, would need the sacrifice of one cabin to have a decent storage space on the cockpit.