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New Sun Odyssey 490 Monohull - Horizon Yacht Sales

Best Imported boat of the year 2019. Cruising World Magazine

Sun Odyssey 490

The 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 is a true innovation in yacht design, allowing this boat to deliver in spades. It has revolutionary thinking that turns convention on its head. With a new hull design, an innovative deck plan outside and ingenuity below, it is no wonder that the 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 was voted Best Imported Cruiser for 2019 by Cruising World Magazine.

Some of the highlights of the 2019 Jeanneau 490 include:

  • A hard chine running the full length along the hull adds stability when sailing
  • A uniquely designed walk-round deck with gently sloping side decks
  • Unique cockpit design with the offset table and hinged coamings
  • Twin wheels, double rudder, electric inset pedestal winches and choice of the sail plan
  • Fully air-conditioned, generator and choice of 4 interior configurations

Contact us for full specifications and pricing on the 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490.  Email our yacht sales manager Robin Hodges.

Great living space and innovation on the deck

The new model 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 has introduced a truly innovative deck layout that is completely original. The new “walk around” side deck slopes gently down towards the helm station on each side so that there is no more clambering over thwarts and coamings to get from cockpit to side deck – you walk around the helm. And the helm itself has forward-facing seats so you can helm without having to twist your body and crane your neck.

But designer Philippe Briand didn’t stop there. The coamings are now hinged so you can fold them out to make daybeds on either side. In the case of the starboard pad, it can extend all the way to the cockpit table (with a filler cushion). The cockpit table is also offset slightly allowing a walkthrough passage even when one table leaf is open.

The twin wheels, wide split backstay and extra large electronic swim platform offer easy boarding and clear access to the companionway.

The engine start panel is incorporated into the central cockpit mould together with the autopilot, steering compass and table/transom and light controls. Centralised Electric Harken winches operated directly from the cockpit make short-handed sailing easy, safe and stress-free.

Under power and sail

The standard engine is the Yanmar 57HP with sail drive, but this can be upgraded to an 80HP. The upgraded 80HP will deliver over 9 knots at full throttle in smooth water.  She generally handles well, but adding an optional bow thruster will make close-quarters manoeuvring and docking even easier.

One great feature of the 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 is that the Harken primary winches are set on pedestals inboard which means the crew can now face forward while grinding in genoa sheets.

Below deck flexibility and style

Designed by Jean-Marc Piaton and Rafael Bonet the interior offers multiple configurations. There is an option for two to five cabins with two-four heads. The 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 will appeal to larger groups or those looking to sail in spacious luxury. With two heads and two or three cabins, the forward Queen size island berth is on the centerline and has a private shower to starboard and a separate head to port.

In the 4 cabins 4 head version, there are two double berths forward separated by a removable bulkhead, and two doubles aft, each with its own head/shower. There is no compromise in space here as the hard chine hull flares out above the waterline ensuring maximum volume inside. There is also a small “skipper berth” in the bow.

The 5 cabins 3 head option has an over/under bunk to port, just aft of the galley and that berth and the two aft doubles share a head to starboard.

There is space and functionality aplenty: In the two and three-cabin versions, a forward-facing chart table/Nav station also forms part of a dinette area with a bench seat (with storage underneath) between the desk and the galley. (this is lost when the 4 and 5 cabin options are selected). The galley itself has a nice island with storage and also works as something to brace against underway. There is a three-burner stove and oven, double sinks, freezer and refrigerator. There is additional wine bottle storage under the flooring.

To the starboard, there is a generous folding dining table with a central bench seat and there is plentiful storage under the seats. The table can also lower to form an extra double berth and the light below is exceptional, with hull and deck portlights supplemented by multiple hatches.


If you would like to buy the remarkable 2019 Jeanneau 490 for private use, or for placing in our highly regarded charter fleet in the Caribbean, or would simply like to learn more about this or another Jeanneau model email Robin Hodges.


Sun Odyssey 490 Specifications
Design Year
Hull type
Length (LOA)
14 m / 45 ft 11 in
Model Length
14.9352 m / 49 ft
Beam (width)
4.49 m / 14 ft 9 in
11,290 kg / 24,890 lbs
Draft (depth)
shoal keel, 1.6 m / 5 ft 3 in
Primary fuel tank capacity
240 L / 63 gallons
Water capacity
1 x 635 L / 1 x 168 gallons
Engine make
Engine size
57 hp / 42 kW
No. of engines
Interior layout options
4 Cabins / 4 Heads
Max people
2 Cabins / 2 Heads
Max people
3 Cabins / 2 Heads
Max people
5 Cabins / 4 Heads
Max people
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