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Brief Summary

Jeanneau tells us that the Sun Odyssey 409 represents the first of a new generation of Sun Odyssey sailboats. It’s at once a capable cruising boat and a club racing boat, as well. With this latest version, Jeanneau set out to up-grade virtually all important aspects of the boat where possible. She’s customizable, being available in two or three stateroom versions with one or two heads. Jeanneau is known for its advanced design and engineering of performance cruisers, while still careful to offer boats at a competitive price-point and this model is no exception.

Key Features

  • Classic aluminium mast with double spreaders
  • Bow thruster installed in a tunnel with dedicated batteries
  • 2 leather-covered steering wheels with compasses at each steering position
  • Folding cockpit table with storage, cup holders and stainless steel handrail
  • Fine Teak interior laminated panels with solid wood trim around galley, companionway and cabinetry
  • Forward owner’s cabin with central berth and storage
  • Saloon with U-shaped seating area to starboard, wrap-around cushions and storage
  • Saloon dining table with wood fiddles and removable pedestal legs
  • L-galley to port with glass separator between galley counter and seating area
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 40' 6''
    12.3 m
    Beam 13' 1''
    3.99 m
    Draft 6' 11''
    2.1 m
    Shallow Draft (Shallow Keel) 5' 1''
    1.55 m
    Hull Length 39' 4''
    11.99 m
    L.W.L 36' 1''
    11 m
    Max Headroom 6' 5''
    1.95 m
    Dry Weight 17,328 lbs.
    7,860 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Mast Height (max) N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 53 gal.
    200 L
    Water Capacity 87 gal.
    330 L
    Shallow Ballast Weight 5,445 lbs.
    2,470 kg
    Deep Ballast Weight N/A
    Mainsail Area (Classic) 468.23 sq ft
    43.52 m²
    Headsail Area (105 %) N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 40-hp Yanmar with SD-60 saildrive
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 sailing shot
    The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 has a LOA of 40'6” (12.3 m), a beam of 13’1” (3.99 m) and a draft of 6’11” (2.1 m).

    Overview

    The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 was specifically designed for “performance cruising”. The well-known French naval architect, Philippe Briand, designed her. She’s an easy boat to single-hand, or short-hand with all headsail sheeting running back to the twin helms. Her somewhat beamy hull coupled with a hard chine, running from amidships aft, provides form stability along with robust interior space.The deck is fabricated using an injection molding called, Prisma process, producing a precise ratio of resin to glass, strength, light weight and rigidity. Both inside and outside of all moldings are finished off with no rough sides to cover up with a thin fiberglass liner or fabric. It’s a more expensive process than a hand lay-up but saves labor hours, weight, and reduces harmful emissions by 90%. The keel is cast iron and comes in either a 6’11” (2.08 m) standard depth or a 5’1” (1.55 m) shoal version.

    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 construction
    Here is a highlight of the construction of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409.
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 profile shot
    The Sun Odyssey 409 is designed for the cruising couple that is looking for an easy boat to sail, yet one with performance.

    Features Inspection

    On Deck

    The layout on deck is that of a boat fit for multiple functions, be it cruising, lying at anchor, or entertaining. With all lines running aft through covered channels and all hatches being flush-mounted, she presents clean and orderly lines whether at the dock or underway. Line storage lockers under the helm seats keeps the deck clear of the spaghetti that can be cumbersome to guests and troublesome when racing around the buoys.For cruising, not surprisingly, Jeanneau has once again teamed up with Harken to provide the deck and rigging hardware, including the optional Rewind winches.

    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 sailing shot
    The Sun Odyssey 409 has a functional layout for sailing short or single-handed.

    The Harken Rewind winches

    have two settings that allow both high-speed/low-power mode or a slow-speed/high-power mode, much like conventional winches. However, with a switch on the winch drum they can also ease a line under load without having to strip the sheet from the self-tailer. This allows for both trimming and easing the lines safely without touching them. All lines are within easy reach of the helm.

    The layout of the cockpit

    makes it functional for both entertaining while at anchor and line handling when sailing with passengers. A center cockpit table serves as a focal point and a brace point when underway. A pivoting GPS mount can go on the aft end. Bench seats have high seatbacks and thick cushions for support. Cockpit lockers serve for storing gear. The foredeck is completely uncluttered with sheets routed through covered runs back to the cockpit. Teak decks are optional.

    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 deck layout
    On deck the layout is open and uncluttered. All sheets run cleanly through covered channels to the helms. Here we see a conventional winch layout.

    Rigging choices

    include a conventional, slab reef, battened mainsail, a performance mainsail, a 106% headsail, a 140% loose-luff tri-radial genoa sheeted to full tracks on the side decks, and a self-tacking 90% self-tending jib sheeted to a curved lateral track forward of the main mast. Code 0 is offered for sailing in light conditions.This model can also be ordered with an optional taller rig so as to be able to shorten the headsail foot to make tacking easier without the loss of sail area.Under power, she’s driven by a single Yanmar 40-hp with SD-60 saildrive.We like the helm seat that opens the transom to the fold-out swim platform, exposing wet storage below the cockpit deck.

    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 sailing shot
    The cockpit makes a comfortable spot for entertaining and the transom flips down to create a teak beach for enjoyment while at anchor.

    Accommodations

    Below decks, the Sun Odyssey 409 is available in either two or three cabin layouts, both with the master stateroom forward that includes an owner’s choice of outfitting it with a vanity/desk or an ensuite head. In this manner, she really is offered in four versions, two or three cabins, both with one or two heads.There’s plenty of natural light coming in through eight separate hull ports and overhead hatches. Jeanneau uses the latest generation of Alpi teak finish and Matte varnish. LED lighting provides the artificial light. Choose from traditional floorboard or lighter flooring and a palette of interior fabrics and colors.

    With the two-stateroom layout

    , the second stateroom is aft and to starboard. A large storage space aft is accessed through the head and from the port cockpit locker.

    With the three stateroom layouts

    , the two guest staterooms are positioned across the stern and accessed from both sides of the companionway. In all instances, a wet head is positioned aft and to port of the companionway.

    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 berth
    While these pillows are forward, the head is intended to be at the opposite end, utilizing the forward section for feet.
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 master stateroom
    The master stateroom can be fitted with this desk or a second head.
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 two stateroom layout
    With the two-stateroom layout, the master stateroom is forward with a V-berth configuration.
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 stateroom layout
    Owners can choose a head or vanity/desk to accompany the comfort level of the master stateroom.
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 three stateroom layout
    With three staterooms, two are located aft. The master stateroom options remain the same.
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 guest cabins
    Guest cabins to the stern will be fitted similarly to each other. Feet go where the pillows are.

    In Both Layouts the Galley and Saloon Arrangements Remain the Same.

    The galley is aft and to starboard in an L-shaped configuration. It includes double sinks and appliances such as a top-loading refrigerator with a three-stage compressor. We would like to see more available counter space for food prep next to the stove, but sailors in this size of boat have been saying that for 100 years. Jeanneau has provided a removable insert over the sink features a cutting board on the reverse side.A glass splashguard protects the seating area just ahead of the galley.

    Solar Power

    As an option, Jeanneau will include a pair of 45-watt solar panels factory-installed. With the three-stage refrigerator compressor and LED lighting throughout, we have to tip our hats to Jeanneau for considering power consumption in the design. This is an important option because it means that the refrigerator can be left on for a week while the owners are away.

    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 lower deck
    With so many windows and skylights, an abundance of natural light is allowed to envelop the lower deck.
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 entrances
    In this three-stateroom layout, we can see the twin entrances to the guest staterooms to both sides of the companionway.

    The salon features opposing seating that includes a U-shaped dinette wrapping around a double-pedestal table. An up-graded salon table has a neat trick where the fold over halves are closed off and then slid down the pedestal, forming a base for filler cushions and creating another berth for the occasional overnight guest.

    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 salon table
    A salon table up-grade will allow for accommodating additional guests for overnight.

    To the port side, seats flank a chart table with storage to the side and underneath the table as well as under the seat cushions. A gooseneck LED provides illumination to the charts. A side panel can accommodate remote electronics. A sonic hub Bluetooth station is standard.

    Observations

    When originally introduced in 2011, the Sun Odyssey 409 was slated to replace the popular 39i, of which over a thousand were built. With that sort of a pedigree, making a change better come with some justification to back it. The Sun Odyssey 409 is a quality build with proven performance and an interior that we find both pleasing to the eye as well as functional for extended cruising.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    TV/DVD Optional
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Microwave Optional
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Optional

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Freezer Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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