By Jochen Rieker, YACHT magazine.
After years of aggressively rolling out new models, the French market leader has been conspicuously restrained in 2012. While novel offerings of Jeanneau and Beneteau this fall are far and few between, Bavaria and Hanse have stepped up the pressure. But the world’s largest sportboat manufacturer won’t leave the stage entirely to the German rivals, and the Sun Odyssey 41 DS comes in response to Bavaria’s Vision series.
This model, with large windows and a slightly elevated saloon is the only new vessel for the 2012/2013 boat show season next to the Sun Odyssey 469. Looks and concept are closely related to the 44 DS. Both boats feature the idiosyncratic gray stripe above the windows on the coachroof that’s a bit reminiscent of an eyebrow. It helps distinguish these boats from earlier DS models.
More remarkable than the styling is the modified arrangement, with a cockpit that is unusally far aft and high above the waterline, which increases space belowdecks. With a huge owner’s cabin aft, two lavatories, and a comfortable guest cabin in the bow, the 41 DS offers quite a bit of luxury for four people. Consequently, Jeanneau does not offer any other versions, which makes sense in this size range, because a three-cabin layout would force some awkward compromises.
The 44 DS takes the avant garde design a step further with two-color offset ceiling panels, white furnishings that contrast the lively grain of warm walnut wood, a settee that’s shaped like a chaise lounge, and a fold-up sink cover in the galley. Undeniably, the interior design was influenced by the many ideas of stylist Franck Darnet. Judging by the sketches and renderings, the new Jeanneau is perhaps the most thought-out and certainly one of the most modern 12-meter production yachts.
But not all is A.D. 2012; the measurements and lines suggest that the 41 DS was not quite designed from scratch, but based on the hull of the successful SO 409. That’s not a deficiency, as the Philippe Briand-designed 409 won the European Yacht of the Year award in 2011. Like the 409, the 41 DS offers a choice of headsails, either a self-tacking jib or a 108-percent genoa. The price is set at 154,900 euros.
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This story originally appeared in YACHT Magazine. and is republished here by permission.
Translated by Dieter Loibner, de.boats.com