A week on board the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41 DS at SIBS 2012
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS hull No 1 is currently undergoing sea trials somewhere in the Mediterranean, whereas boat No 2 is making its début at the up and coming Autumn/Winter boat shows. I spent a great deal of time showing this fantastic yacht to the public at the Southampton International Boat Show last week. Her story and life as a replacement for the much loved Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42DS is only just beginning. I do believe she will exceed all expectations, so if you get the opportunity to view her this winter then I suggest you do so and be prepared to be amazed. Just how Jeanneau have managed to increase the internal volume and decrease the length of the yacht, yet improve the look is beyond me, but they have pulled it off. I didn’t meet a single person that was unimpressed by her interior design.
A point of reference is the classic Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43 DS, her sailing ability and popularity is becoming legendary. The 43 DS was one of the first yachts that proved it was possible to step away from classic designs and provide excellent sailing performance. Aided by the centrally located fuel and water tanks the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43 DS stood the test of time and retained excellent re-sale values. Many of the ideas formed in the conception of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43 DS were taken forward into its replacement the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42 DS Yacht.
The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42 DS yacht was a best seller from the outset.
A raised saloon roof, raised internal floor and large tear drop shaped windows that allowed light to poor into the saloon set the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42 DS yacht on its path to success. The 42 DS proved to be very popular with our Mediterranean customers. There will be few marinas in the Mediterranean that has not got a 42 DS moored somewhere among the crowd of classic flat top yachts. Jeanneau moved the tankage fore and aft on the 42DS which freed up the floor for storage making it ideal for an extra water tank, tools, or tinned food, the raised floor has become a real must have feature of the DS range and an extremely well-used feature by the live aboard community. Production of the Sun Odyssey 42 DS yacht ended in 2012 however this popular yacht will be around for many years to come in the used market along with its older sister the Sun Odyssey 43 DS yacht.
Sun Odyssey 41 DS Yacht will be a best seller for Jeanneau.
If you were one of the lucky thousands that visited the 2012 SIBS you may have visited the Jeanneau Yacht stand. If you did you could not have missed the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41 DS yacht standing magnificently at the top of the display staircase. Blue hull, teak decks and all the toys one could imagine have been packed aboard hull No 2 by the Jeanneau team. I could have sold her several times over during the show but this yacht has a lot of work to do this winter. After Southampton Boat show she will be in Germany then Paris, a busy winter for this particular yacht.
Big changes from the 42 DS to the all-new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41 DS Yacht
On deck there is a choice of sail plan as never before. Self-tacking jib and code zero Genoa stretching all the way back to the cockpit. German main sheet systems so the main sail can be controlled from the helm. A performance rig, better sail plan, adjustable back stay and spinnaker gear. If you think this yacht is going to sit quietly in its berth you are very mistaken. Kit her out with a few extras and she will be well capable of competition sailing.
If you do decide she needs to be a base in the sun then the generous cockpit that’s as big as 50 footer will accommodate you and your guests with ease. The Jeanneau team have listened to your comments and tidied away most of the deck gear leaving uncluttered and smooth finish topsides. I cannot recommend barefooted sailing, being one of those who have been unlucky enough to break a toe on a cleat. That said clean smooth decks are a safer option when one is moving about on deck. The teardrop eye has been lost from the deck windows, some will be sorry to see the change of style however the new look is better and much more modern, without a restriction in the light that fills the saloon.
Gone are the forward facing windows
Additional hatches in the deck have replaced the forward facing hatches. An ability to allow a greater air flow around the saloon rather than have the sun beating down through glass has been favoured by the Jeanneau team. I personally agree with the change as the windows by the mast can become a little Slippery on the 42DS.
The all new deck and hull is a giant step forward in technology, a lighter stronger deck than on the 43DS, a hard chine in the hull to the stern of the yacht gives additional buoyancy for down wind speed, and a brand new layout below decks makes the Jeanneau 41 DS the boat to look out for in the coming years.
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