Jeanneau Yachts at the Cannes Festival:

Jeanneau had the three new walk-around models on display at the Cannes Show, being the 410, 440 and 490, and as you would expect they drew a lot of attention. Interestingly the 410 on display was the three cabin twin head layout and it is amazing how well this works on this new 40 foot hull. It’s proving difficult for the factory to keep up with demand, even with three hull moulds in production, so clearly this new Lombard design is finding a lot of favour. This is no great surprise to us as the more that we get to know it the more appreciate the detail that has gone into this design, and its sailing characteristics are simply amazing. Our demonstrator Sun Odyssey 410 is available to be viewed and or test sailed, so contact PBS on (02) 9979 9755 or info@performanceboating.com.au

The Sun Odyssey 440 has had no changes for the 2020 model year, other than some fabric options, but it’s still such a great design and deservedly won all three major International awards in 2018. We recently handed over our demonstrator to its new owners, the fifth example into Sydney, so expect to see it active at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. It’s been named “Ca Va” and we have no doubt that the four owners will have a lot of fun and adventures ahead of them.

The Sun Odyssey 490 is such an impressive yacht in so many ways, and as various reports confirm, including John Curnow from Sail-World when he tested it here, the way it sails is just remarkable. Having an injection moulded hull with the subsequent weight savings and stiffness that offers just makes this yacht eat up those miles so effortlessly.

The pick of the display had to be the Jeanneau 64 with number #80 on display, which was sold during the show. To have built that many yachts of this size is truly remarkable and no other manufacturer of yachts this size has ever achieved anything close to this number, so it’s a very strong indicator of just how good it is, and more importantly what good value it represents. It very much cements Jeanneau’s domination of production yachts over 50 feet, as it has been the World number #1 now for 15 years.

The cockpit is simply enormous with separates zones depending on function. The example on display had the new hardtop which has a large sliding opening, and a mist system for cooling the cockpit in warm weather. Just fabulous!

The owners cabin aft layout that the display yacht had is full width and simply sensational, with lots of headroom throughout, lots of ventilation, and it really is extremely spacious.

The centre of the yacht has a number of options based around an L-shaped galley aft to port and this example had a saloon lounge on the port side opposite the large dinette, and a bunk cabin aft to starboard.

Forward of the saloon there were symmetric double cabins with ensuites, with the starboard cabin in this case sharing the head with the skippers cabin forward. Alternatively this is a huge climb down storage space come work-shop in the bow.

The success of the Jeanneau 64 is based around the quality of the design, the level of construction, the amount of customisation available, and value-for-money in comparison to other yachts of this size and quality. At a base price of $2 million delivered to Australia tax paid this elegant and sophisticated yacht deserves the success that it has achieved.

For more details on the Jeanneau 64 see this link