Sun Odyssey 490 – Import Boat of the Year

“Sometimes a boat comes along that does so many things well, and is such a downright joy to sail and maneuver, that its excellence simply cannot be denied. In 2019, one such yacht — a blend of innovation, intelligence and execution — rose to the top over a slew of worthy competitors. In a year when production boats ruled the roost, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 — designed, conceived and built in France — took on and surpassed all the others, and in doing so, has been named 2019’s Import Boat of the Year.”
“That the 490 took the overall prize without winning an individual category is noteworthy. But the Philippe Briand design sealed its trip to the winner’s circle in a devastating display of sailing prowess during Chesapeake Bay sea trials conducted in a stiff northerly gusting well over 20 knots. The yacht was comfortable, easily handled and hauled the mail. The judging panel agreed unanimously that it was a championship performance…”
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