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Jeanneau has decided to break into the 45-foot market, with a new and
highly sailable cruising sailboat with the same lines as its
predecessor, the Sun Odyssey 49.
First presented in 2004, the Sun Odyssey 45 has already sold over 100
units in 6 months. Hardly surprising, because the Sun Odyssey 49's
little sister is designed more for cruising than for racing, although
both yachts were designed by Philippe Briand and Jeanneau Design. For
over 50 years, Jeanneau has produced carefully finished boats, and the
pure lines of the 45's hull and slightly pinched stem are par for the
course. According to the manufacturer, the ideal cruiser is "a good
runner in light winds, comfortable for cruising, reliable in rough
weather, and always functional when in port". The Sun Odyssey 45 meets
all these conditions.
Comfort takes pride of place
The interior design is specifically focussed on comfort on board. The
Sun Odyssey 45 is available in a 3 or 4-cabin version (1 or 2 cabins in
the bow). Thanks to a removable partition, the two aft cabins can be
merged into one, with room for a 3×2 metre bed. The boat's ocean
cruiser aspect is most apparent in the saloon. At the bottom of the
companionway, to starboard, the large navigation station is well
positioned and functional, with plenty of storage space, giving good
visibility of all instruments during long crossings. The galley is a
real success, stretching along the entire port side, leaving plenty of
space for cooking, and lots of practical cupboards. The Sun Odyssey 45
is well equipped for enjoyable cruising. It is designed to be fitted
with a desalinator, generator, air-conditioning and various other
options. It also has a wastewater holding tank and a low-pollution
A good sailor
The Sun Odyssey 45 sails comfortably in the wind, with a draught of
2.05 or 1.65 metres. When sailing downwind, the 11.61 metre waterline
allows very respectable speeds, despite the 12 tons displacement. The
most impressive aspect is its ease of manoeuvre, since the cockpit has
been specifically designed for space saving and comfort. Inspired by
the 49-footer, the catwalks have been narrowed to allow for a wider
deckhouse with a large table. The table can be folded down to a third
of its size, and the footrests and handrails offer additional safety.
The two wheels on either side leave plenty of space in the cockpit.
Jeanneau's new addition to its range, this 45-foot sailboat, is
elegant, comfortable and reliable at sea. The Sun Odyssey 45 is an
ideal solution for owners and charter companies alike, and is already
on the road to success.
More details: www.jeanneau.fr
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