“Once again, however, the judging team found Jeanneau’s mix of price point, performance and innovative features to be a potent combination. “This Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 is another domestic product, built in Marion, South Carolina,” said Tim Murphy. “They’ve retained several themes we saw on the 490, including the walkway where you come aft of the helms and then go outboard and up a sloping deck. You still have that almost hip-level pushpit. It’s a very safe transition from the cockpit to the foredeck.”
“Sometimes a boat comes along that does so many things well, and is such a downright joy to sail and maneuver, that its excellence simply cannot be denied. In 2019, one such yacht — a blend of innovation, intelligence and execution — rose to the top over a slew of worthy competitors. In a year when production boats ruled the roost, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 — designed, conceived and built in France — took on and surpassed all the others, and in doing so, has been named 2019’s Import Boat of the Year.”
“Good things come in small packages. Jeanneau’s new entry-level design is the Sun Odyssey 319, and she’s small but mighty. The French builder wanted to re-enter the small boat market, and the 319 joins two other models in the 30ft Sun Odyssey range. This way, Jeanneau has a boat for new sailors with families as well as old salts wanting to downsize.
It’s easy to build a large boat, but real thought must be put into a compact model. Available with two enclosed cabins and a full head, the 319 offers amenities similar to those of her larger sisters. Light pours in via the coachroof and hull portlights, and the ample headroom increases the sense of space. There’s a two-burner stove, refrigeration and a fold-out table that will seat six for dinner. The master stateroom is a V-berth forward with divided double doors. With these doors open, there’s a perception of length and openness you don’t often find on vessels of this size.
The cockpit is large with more outside stowage options than most of the boat’s competitors. A single wheel, a rigid vang and an open transom that provides easy access to the water are standard. The side decks are nice and wide with toerails outboard, and there are study handrails atop the cabintrunk to make going forward a snap.
Outfitted with a fractional rig, a 21hp Yanmar with saildrive, twin rudders and a choice of standard or swing (lifting) keels, the 319 is a very capable cruiser.”