Grabau International is delighted to announce the price reduction of the 2006 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 DS ‘AMIRA’.
Very smart example of this hugely practical raised saloon Jeanneau with versatile owner’s layout and a great bluewater cruising specification.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
Launched in 2006 AMIRA benefits from the owner’s forward cabin version with two large double guest cabins aft, with a large heads/shower. Her specification is also very well considered for effortless Med’ cruising and includes: • Two cabin aft layout • Besenzoni hydraulic gangway • Watermaker 200l/h • Electric winches • Owner’s cabin version • Washing machine • Webasto heater • New batteries – 2019 • Teak deck • Bowthruster • Radar
Recalling the classic elegance of the grand seafaring yachts of yesterday, the Sun Odyssey 49DS benefits from the design talents of today’s top naval architects, Philippe Briand for the high-performance hull and Vittorio Garroni for the pure, graceful lines.
The brochure for the 49DS describes the design objectives as “volume and comfort,” and there is a good measure of truth in that advertising. This is not your father’s yacht. Everything that defined a sailing yacht built in generations past has been turned on its head. The narrow beam, low freeboard, long overhangs and curved sheerline are all absent, as are the low-volume cockpit, small ports and dark, confined cabin.
Despite breaking all the old rules describing the design of a handsome, practical sailing yacht, there is no angle at which the 49DS looks ungainly. The boat seems well proportioned… Even the cat-eye windows, which are so striking at first, soon blend into the overall smoothly curving shape that remains consistent right down to the rounded teak caprail.
Step aboard and the most obvious feature is the size of the cockpit. The maximum beam of 14 feet, 8 inches is carried well aft, so the long cockpit is also quite wide, and feels roomy. It’s easy to imagine a division at the twin helms with plenty of space aft for kids to use the swim platform and deck shower, while adults relax at the cockpit table enjoying their lunch in relative peace. The table base is made of molded fiberglass and fixed to the cockpit sole. It is designed to mount an LCD radar screen or chartplotter on the aft end, and pre-wired with 12-volt power.
Below deck, it is the volume that really stands out. At the Strictly Sail boat show in Oakland the 49DS attracted a nonstop stream of visitors, most of whom commented immediately on how light and open the saloon is…
During our test sail on San Francisco Bay, it was blowing 20 to 25. Part of the time we took the full brunt of the wind, but we also sought the lee of Angel Island where the breeze was less than 5 knots. Furling, unfurling, and furling again, of both the main and jib, is all accomplished in a matter of seconds, and minor, intermediate adjustments are encouraged by the ease with which they can be made…
The steering positions are comfortable at both helms through a range of heel angles, and feedback through the wheel is moderate, neither twitchy nor dull. The low profile of the deckhouse does not impede visibility from the cockpit, which stays remarkably dry, even in choppy conditions.
The cockpit table, which first appears as though it might be an obstruction while under sail, in fact makes a convenient footrest for those sitting on the windward bench, and still allows easy passage, simply because the cockpit is so wide. The overall comfort under sail made a windy afternoon seem somehow more moderate. In fact almost everything about the 49DS seems designed to make the experience of sailing comfortable and enjoyable. Avoiding the temptation to appeal to globe girdlers, or racers, Jeanneau has targeted the 49DS squarely at cruising baby boomers, and it seems they’ve hit the mark.
Sailing Magazine – Nov 2008
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 DS – Amira – Now Asking Euro 195,000 VAT paid – full details here
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