computerized construction process
sets it apart from other builders in class. The precision in assembly equates to a strong, lightweight boat with good exterior fit-and-finish. By assembling as much as possible outside the hull, Jeanneau is able to install neat plumbing and electrical assemblies that are durable. Due to the raised salon design, bilge depth is greater than normal, and all batteries and tanks are placed underneath the sole. These thoughtful design details keep critical weight down and centered for added safety, stability and handling.
Ease of use and functionality continue to be at the forefront of Jeanneau’s rigging design. The 41DS comes standard with a Dacron mainsail (110’11’’/33.8 m) and a 106% furling genoa (106’4’’/32.4 m). Additional options include a smaller self-tacking jib (92’6’’/28.2 m) as well as Harken winches that trim at the push of a button. Both of these options lend themselves well to a sailing couple or single-hander who appreciates the latest technology.For those looking for
, Jeanneau offers Mylar sails as well as an Asymmetrical spinnaker for off-the-wind sailing.
An available traditional mainsail configuration, with battens, has an extra 90’ of sail area, but comes with the cost of manual hoisting and furling. Lazy jacks and a Lazy Bag are provided to make conventional mainsail handling relatively easy. For those that prefer an even easier mainsail to handle, Jeanneau offers a roller furling mainsail. This configuration also makes reducing sail easy and able to be accomplished completely from the cockpit.Like virtually all Jeanneau sailboats, the boom is high and over the crew's heads for safety reasons.
The raised cockpit
of the Sun Odyssey 41DS creates many advantages, including --1) Improved visibility forward;2) A dryer ride in windy conditions to windward;3) More headroom below in the master stateroom;4) Higher freeboard aft.
Her twin stainless steel Lewmar wheels
permit the helmsperson to sit far to leeward or windward, whichever is their preference. L-shaped seats aft allow two people to sit at each station, making it fun for children to learn sailing, or cozy for a couple. Under the seats is storage for sheets. By carefully locating the primary winches just in front of the wheels, the helmsperson can easily trim the sheets, making single-handing easy. As sailing with some couples is pretty much single-handed sailing anyway, this is an important attribute for the vessel.
Jeanneau makes available "rewind" Harkin electric winches which make single-handed sailing even easier. With them the captain can trim in and ease out headsails at the touch of a button and never have to get up from the helm.Mainsheet trim, depending on what point of sail the boat is on, could be a different matter. Going to windward presents no problem, but off the wind the skipper may need to step forward. When sails are hoisted, halyards can be stowed in bins below the winches.The added option of mirrored electronics offers constant observation of crucial components both on deck and below.
for guests is generous whether swimming off the aft platform, dining at the fold down teak table, or operating in the designated helm space. All told, there are 8 to 10 seating places making the Sun Odyssey 41DS' cockpit a good venue for entertaining at dock or at anchor.
All running lines
are neat, color-coded and guided through the coach roof to keep the deck clean and then to jam cleats in front of two secondary winches. Winches and blocks are also outside the cockpit wall, yet still within arms reach. These designs lend themselves well toward a clutter-free, safe and secure area for family and friends whether under sail or at the dock.
French designers Darnet and Flahault are credited with designing the interior of the Sun Odyssey 41DS, which is both functional and stylish. The
contains a raised deck salon with a step down into the two staterooms, therein maximizing an impressive 6'4" (1.93 m) of headroom. With over ten opening hatches and thru-hull ports, light and ventilation are generous throughout. There are water views from virtually every seat and angle within the cabin from a sitting position, which should eliminate any feelings that one might have of claustrophobia or of being in a dark dungeon.
is refreshing and open, thanks to the light via sliding shades, medium tone Alpi wood throughout, and padded overhead ceilings. The layout is somewhat conventional, but as practical as they come. We particularly like the settee to port which doubles as a seat for the navigation table to port that can be used either standing or sitting. With placement of the stool under the navigation table, this seat can double as a berth in a pinch.To starboard we find the galley and dinette which are both well executed. The table electrically raises and lowers and can be used for dining, a cocktail table or a platform for a bed. There is storage outboard in the hull sides all around the cabin, as well as more room under the seats for gear and the ship's stores.
All joiner work
is done in Alpi wood which is gaining popularity among builders for top-quality yachts, both power and sail. It is harder than conventional wood, more durable in the humid marine environment, has no defects or knots, and holds its finish longer.
Drawers and cabinets have touch-locks, the vinyl upholstery is top quality and white cabinet fascia are lacquer finished. Two-tone vinyl is used in the overhead and hand rails are trimmed in leather. As many as eight different colors are available for the upholstery.Access to the Yanmar diesel is found under and on the sides of the companionway.
The starting price for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS begins around $240,000. Base configuration includes main and headsails, furling mast, and self-tailing winches. Crucial components not included are necessary electronics and ground tackle. A well-equipped Sun Odyssey 41DS ready for serious cruising, begins around $290,000. This price includes the 360-degree “Sail Drive”, an asymmetrical spinnaker for downwind legs, upgraded salon finishes, necessary electronics, and Cruisair heating and cooling system.
The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS appears to be a sturdy, well-made boat at a competitive price point. The engineering and overall functionality are impressive, ranging from the high profile rigging design, to designated cockpit space and a welcoming salon. Her finishes are luxurious throughout and every component fits together like a glove. All hardware components are recognized name brands, and boast of quality and longevity. Her design and mission is focused around relaxation and ease of handling, making her ideal for couples or small families looking to over night or adventuresome boaters wanting to travel to the islands.
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