Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS – New for 2012/13
I would like to introduce to you the new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS yacht review. I am Craig Jones of Network Network Yacht Brokers Conwy, Jeanneau Sailboat Dealer for Wales based at Conwy Marina. I have great pleasure in introducing to you this very exciting and latest addition to the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey DS range
The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS is a design that has become a new chapter for Jeanneau in terms of deck saloons. The Sun Odyssey 44DS encompasses all of the qualities of the Jeanneau deck saloon range. It has been redone with a new look and style for both the interior and exterior. You can see distinctive features such as:
- Sleek Deck-lines
- Spacious cockpit
- Modern hull and sail plan
- An abundance of light and ventilation
- Numerous opening hatches and ports
- A Superb aft cabin on a 40ft that is worthy of a 50ft.
Jeanneau have made a very innovative hull design with the help of Philippe Briand. They have designed this particular model with a very modern hard chine design. The Hard Chine begins mid ship which cuts through right back to the aft transom of the hull. With its heavily marked position, the chine has both performance and design qualities. The hard chine has two performance factors which exceed any expectations of any cruising sailor. The hard chine design allows the vessel to sit on a hard point whilst heeling. This increases the water-line length allowing the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS to tear through the water allowing the vessel to travel faster. Secondly it also contributes to root/lateral stability enabling the 44DS to track sublimely. This chine design is used on today’s race boats that compete in such events such as the Volvo ocean race as they are looking for high stability and speed.
A feature which is unique to the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS is the location of the bowthruster. Jeanneau are always trying to break innovative barriers and with the 44DS they certainly have. With the 44DS hull design, Jeanneau have managed to move its bowthruster down by 10cm, its position limits cavitation and makes the power of the bow thrusters more transferable in the water. Jeanneau’s designs reassure that you have complete control, complete reassurance that you are the master at the helm.
Philippe Briand has dominated the hull design for the 44DS, in keeping with the performance aspect, the keel and rudder amplifies its controls. The 44Ds’ fin keel with a weighted bulb is positioned further forward; this enables the weight of the boat to travel forwards and downwards giving it great displacement and an optimal pivoting point. This now gives the boat and incredibly reactive helm which will allow you turn quicker and sharper. To counteract the keel, the 44DS has a very long rudder from its forward edge to its travelling edge. This means that the rudder is incredibly strong and powerful that can work over a long lever arm thus allowing for increased control, preventing you from wrestling with the controls all day long.
The 44Ds is designed for cruising and sailing, thankfully Jeanneau and the designers have kept this in mind.
You can assure that with the helm being unbelievably stable you can control the vessel using autopilot, steering or under power with complete ease. Jeanneau have hit the nail on the head with the 44DS’s combination of the keel and rudder because it is easy to sail and responds to your fingertip touch.
Jeanneau’s key feature for the exterior of the boat incorporates both light and ventilation into the cabin without affecting the smooth look of the exterior. Using flush hatches, Jeanneau have been able to integrate 11 opening hatches. The long, slender windows alongside the 44DS has been taken from the Jeanneau 57, this gives outstanding views from inside the cabin but a more incredible statement when looking at your new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey44DS from outside.
Safety has become a key aspect for Jeanneau when designing the profiles of their vessels. Passages on the side of the deck are easy to manoeuvre around as the shrouds have been moved inwards towards the centre of the boat, which have now become ‘inboard shrouds’. Teak steps have now been incorporated to design from the side passages which take you into the cabin, which allows you to travel around the boat with ease.
Staying in the theme of ease and manoeuvrability, Jeanneau have designed this boat so it can be sailed with ease. The Starboard helm has been allocated as the primary helm section. The designers have positioned the winches in front of the primary helm; you can now control the sheets and the Genoa from a single position. The primary helm also consists of the engine controls, electronics, navigational equipment and a compass. All primary sailing duties can now be achieved in one area, allowing a calm and relaxing sail. Efficiency is key for the designers and incorporating both safety and efficiency, the design team have allowed for multiple stowage areas. Large stowage areas can be found under the long deck seats, under the boom and behind the helm. These specific areas allow you to stow away any unused or free warp. This ensures that your deck is clean and organised.
As you walk down the large steps into the cabin you will notice immediately how spacious and open the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS is. Bathed in a walnut finish, this cabin combines both sleek modern designs with a warm rich feel. Integrated into the design are long sleek windows that allow you to have a view of the ocean from wherever you are sat. The open feel and ventilation produce a living quarter that will ease and fill you with satisfaction. Jeanneau have encompassed rich materials into the design whether it being the high quality worktops in the galley, the deep rich upholstery or to stainless steel details. The designers have fine-tuned every aspect of the interior. Innovated designs have shun through with the interior, workstations with multiple connection ports allowing to fit GPS units, televisions and any other electronic good on board. They can all be stowed away with a leather hard cover converting it all to a beautiful leather bound work station.
It is truly the aft cabin that is remarkable on deck saloon boats and the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS is no exception, you have a very superb aft cabin on-board the 44DS. It berths at 2m – 1.90m wide. The spacious room also incorporates stowage integrated into the hull design which gives you plenty of space to walk round. With its leather bound lockers and sea views behind the berth, you can wake up to luxury every morning.
Researching this information makes me incredibly passionate about my position at the boat show. I look forward in introducing the 44DS to you as every word spoken will be filled with enthusiasm and budding knowledge.
This model will be on display at the Southampton Boat Show from the 14th – 23rd September – Call to arrange a viewing with us on 01492 580001. Tickets available.
For all your Jeanneau Spare parts, please contact Yacht Chandlers Conwy.
|Length overall||:||13.34m / 43’9″|
|Hull length||:||12.99m / 42’7″|
|Hull beam||:||4.24m / 13’10”|
|Light displacement||:||9,750kg / 21,495lbs|
|Standard keel draught||:||2.20m / 7’2″|
|Fuel capacity||:||200 L / 53 US GAL|
|Water capacity||:||330 L / 87 US GAL|
|Designer/s||:||Frank Darnet/ Philippe Briand / Jeanneau Design|
|Total standard sail area||:||77.6 m² / 835 sq ft|