The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 was specifically designed for “performance cruising”. The well-known French naval architect, Philippe Briand, designed her. She’s an easy boat to single-hand, or short-hand with all headsail sheeting running back to the twin helms. Her somewhat beamy hull coupled with a hard chine, running from amidships aft, provides form stability along with robust interior space.The deck is fabricated using an injection molding called, Prisma process, producing a precise ratio of resin to glass, strength, light weight and rigidity. Both inside and outside of all moldings are finished off with no rough sides to cover up with a thin fiberglass liner or fabric. It’s a more expensive process than a hand lay-up but saves labor hours, weight, and reduces harmful emissions by 90%. The keel is cast iron and comes in either a 6’11” (2.08 m) standard depth or a 5’1” (1.55 m) shoal version.
The layout on deck is that of a boat fit for multiple functions, be it cruising, lying at anchor, or entertaining. With all lines running aft through covered channels and all hatches being flush-mounted, she presents clean and orderly lines whether at the dock or underway. Line storage lockers under the helm seats keeps the deck clear of the spaghetti that can be cumbersome to guests and troublesome when racing around the buoys.For cruising, not surprisingly, Jeanneau has once again teamed up with Harken to provide the deck and rigging hardware, including the optional Rewind winches.
The Harken Rewind winches
have two settings that allow both high-speed/low-power mode or a slow-speed/high-power mode, much like conventional winches. However, with a switch on the winch drum they can also ease a line under load without having to strip the sheet from the self-tailer. This allows for both trimming and easing the lines safely without touching them. All lines are within easy reach of the helm.
The layout of the cockpit
makes it functional for both entertaining while at anchor and line handling when sailing with passengers. A center cockpit table serves as a focal point and a brace point when underway. A pivoting GPS mount can go on the aft end. Bench seats have high seatbacks and thick cushions for support. Cockpit lockers serve for storing gear. The foredeck is completely uncluttered with sheets routed through covered runs back to the cockpit. Teak decks are optional.
include a conventional, slab reef, battened mainsail, a performance mainsail, a 106% headsail, a 140% loose-luff tri-radial genoa sheeted to full tracks on the side decks, and a self-tacking 90% self-tending jib sheeted to a curved lateral track forward of the main mast. Code 0 is offered for sailing in light conditions.This model can also be ordered with an optional taller rig so as to be able to shorten the headsail foot to make tacking easier without the loss of sail area.Under power, she’s driven by a single Yanmar 40-hp with SD-60 saildrive.We like the helm seat that opens the transom to the fold-out swim platform, exposing wet storage below the cockpit deck.
Below decks, the Sun Odyssey 409 is available in either two or three cabin layouts, both with the master stateroom forward that includes an owner’s choice of outfitting it with a vanity/desk or an ensuite head. In this manner, she really is offered in four versions, two or three cabins, both with one or two heads.There’s plenty of natural light coming in through eight separate hull ports and overhead hatches. Jeanneau uses the latest generation of Alpi teak finish and Matte varnish. LED lighting provides the artificial light. Choose from traditional floorboard or lighter flooring and a palette of interior fabrics and colors.
With the two-stateroom layout
, the second stateroom is aft and to starboard. A large storage space aft is accessed through the head and from the port cockpit locker.
With the three stateroom layouts
, the two guest staterooms are positioned across the stern and accessed from both sides of the companionway. In all instances, a wet head is positioned aft and to port of the companionway.
In Both Layouts the Galley and Saloon Arrangements Remain the Same.
The galley is aft and to starboard in an L-shaped configuration. It includes double sinks and appliances such as a top-loading refrigerator with a three-stage compressor. We would like to see more available counter space for food prep next to the stove, but sailors in this size of boat have been saying that for 100 years. Jeanneau has provided a removable insert over the sink features a cutting board on the reverse side.A glass splashguard protects the seating area just ahead of the galley.
As an option, Jeanneau will include a pair of 45-watt solar panels factory-installed. With the three-stage refrigerator compressor and LED lighting throughout, we have to tip our hats to Jeanneau for considering power consumption in the design. This is an important option because it means that the refrigerator can be left on for a week while the owners are away.
The salon features opposing seating that includes a U-shaped dinette wrapping around a double-pedestal table. An up-graded salon table has a neat trick where the fold over halves are closed off and then slid down the pedestal, forming a base for filler cushions and creating another berth for the occasional overnight guest.
To the port side, seats flank a chart table with storage to the side and underneath the table as well as under the seat cushions. A gooseneck LED provides illumination to the charts. A side panel can accommodate remote electronics. A sonic hub Bluetooth station is standard.
When originally introduced in 2011, the Sun Odyssey 409 was slated to replace the popular 39i, of which over a thousand were built. With that sort of a pedigree, making a change better come with some justification to back it. The Sun Odyssey 409 is a quality build with proven performance and an interior that we find both pleasing to the eye as well as functional for extended cruising.
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