Published: Monday, 31 July 2017

Jeanneau and Philippe Briand unveiled their latest collaboration – the 44ft (13.4m) Sun Odyssey 440, a new model in the Sun Odyssey cruising boat range that the London-based designer has been working on since 2012. The project will be presented at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival (September 12-17).

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(Photos: Jeanneau - Sun Odyssey 440)

The hull form’s inspiration from scow-hulled working boats, which have squared-off forward sections, offers a beam towards the bow of the vessel. This provides the owner’s cabin with a generous volume.

Briand explained: “Space has become very restricted to the stern of boats as owners expect a lot of features here, so I looked for space in the bow, inspired by the Mini 6.50s with their scow-shaped bows, to bring the maximum beam forwards and increase the interior volume without losing performance.” 

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Thanks to a lack of barriers between the cockpit and the deck, and a gentle sloping of the deck towards the stern, movement is made easier. This improves circulation in day-to-day use as well as improves safety for guests onboard. 

She also features a “transformer” cockpit backrest that has been developed for the SO 440, offering protection within the cockpit as well as an elevated vantage point from the helm. This backrest can be pivoted 90 degrees from vertical to a horizontal position, so lying flat to offer a full-beam 330% extension of the overall cockpit zone to the rear. 

Jeanneau Unveils Philippe Briand Designed Sun Odyssey 440

Within the cockpit area, a folding-leaf table provides a dining space with a concealed, portable fridge inset within the table. This fridge can be used for excursions ashore alongside the portable barbecue, which is stowed under the helmsman’s seat, adjacent to the cockpit sink.

On the announcement of the SO 440 project, Briand commented on his innovative features and their function in encouraging new boat ownership: “Almost all our clients for large sailing yachts were at one time owners of smaller, production boats. As yacht designers and naval architects, we see it as our responsibility to steward the next generation of yacht owners through the process of enjoying life on the water, by making ownership of smaller, more affordable boats enticing. This philosophy permeates every detail in the design choices we make, to improve every step of the experience onboard, particularly with these new features on the Jeanneau SO 440.” 

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The designer has collaborated with Jeanneau 45 models and four decades, extending back to 1977 when he designed the yard’s Symphonie project at the age of 22. 

“Everything is simplified on the SO 440. I have put comfort and practicality before all else. In general, automotive design is becoming more comfortable and technology is more ergonomic, so sailors expect boat design to be no different. In the SO 440, I tried to use every wasted space and make it a part of life onboard. This is a design that I believe will still look fresh and current even in a decade’s time.”