In the past few years most new yacht designs have simply been an evolution of previous models, using the same hull and deck mouldings as their predecessors. However, the Sun Odyssey 440 represents a significant step forward thanks to an all new hull design that’s the result of a new generation of thinking.
Most noticeable is the aggressive chine that runs the length of the boat. As with other twin-rudder boats, in the after sections this chine helps to confer additional form stability, which helps keep the boat more docile in gusty conditions and allows enthusiastic sailors to pile on more power in a brisk wind. However, the biggest difference with this design is further forward, where the chine increases the width of the hull in the forward cabins by up to 40cm, without an associated increase in waterline beam.
Useful innovations also extend to the deck arrangement, with the aim of making it much easier to move around the boat. Of particular note is the aft section of the side decks, which slope gently upwards between the helm stations and the coach roof. This makes it possible to go forward without having to clamber over multiple levels of seats and coamings. Even if you have an all-furling rig and don’t intend to go on deck while under sail, it still makes line handling when berthing easier, especially when taking a lazy line to the bow when mooring stern to Mediterranean style.
The primary winches have been moved slightly inboard on pedestals just ahead of the helm stations, with both headsail and mainsail sheets led to each one via clutches. This leaves the forward part of the cockpit entirely free for crew to relax, sunbathe and dine alfresco. An option that’s sure to be popular among those sailing in Mediterranean latitudes is a giant sun bed conversion for the cockpit seats, coamings and side decks that places them all on a single level
Below decks two, three and four cabin layouts are offered in an open layout that gives both a sense of space and allows for good airflow. The sleeping cabins are surprisingly spacious, apart from those in the four cabin option, where the standard master suite is split in half. Keen chefs will be impressed by the large and well appointed u-shape galley on the port side of the saloon, aft of which is a good-size navigation station. Prices start at €226,680.00, including 20 per cent VAT.
- Length overall 13.0m
- Length overall with bowsprit 13.39m
- Hull length 12.64m
- Beam 4.29m
- Light displacement 8,561kg
- Draught (standard keel) 2.2m
- Draught (shoal keel) 1.6m
- Ballast (standard keel) 2,280kg
- Ballast (shoal keel) 2,670kg
- Fuel capacity 200 litres
- Water capacity 330 litres
- Optional additional water tank 200 litres
- Mainsail 45.15sq m
- Genoa (125 per cent) 45.15sq m
- Code Zero 81.85sq m
- Engine Yanmar 45hp