Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490

Best Imported boat of the year 2019. Cruising World Magazine

Sun Odyssey 490

2020 Sun Odyssey 490 Stock Boat Available Oct 2019

True innovation is rare in yacht design but this boat delivers 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 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 was voted Best Imported Cruiser for 2019 by Cruising World Magazine.

Some of the highlights of this fantastic Jeanneau 490 include:

  • A hard chine running the full length along the hull adding stability when sailing
  • A uniquely designed walk-round deck with gently sloping side decks
  • Unique cockpit design with offset table and hinged coamings
  • Shoal draft, twin wheels, double rudder, electric inset pedestal winches.
  • Fully air-conditioned and a 7.5Kw 115V 60Hz generator bring additional comfort

Contact us for full specification and pricing on this Jeanneau 490.  Email our yacht sales manager Robin Hodges.  Or please scroll down to read more.

Great living space and innovation on deck

The new model 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 each side so that there is no more clambering over thwarts and coamings to get from cockpit to side deck – you simply 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 swim platform offer easy boarding and clear access through to the companionway.

The engine start panel is incorporated into the central cockpit mould together with 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.

Up forward an integrated composite bowsprit houses the anchor and pushes the bow roller away from the stem, reducing bow dings and adding a sleek aesthetic look as well.

Under power and sail

This yacht has the upgraded to Yanmar 80HP engine and this will deliver over 9 knots at full throttle in smooth water.

A double-spreader Z-spar mast, a furling mainsail and a 120 per cent genoa give you a total of 1062 square feet of sail area. There are no jib tracks on deck due to the use of friction rings on the headsail sheets. One great feature of this 490 is that the Electric Harken primary winches are set on pedestals inboard which means the crew can now face forward while grinding in genoa sheets. There is also an electric winch that will run the main outhaul and mainsheet.

The full array of Raymarine electronics coupled with the ease of sail handling makes short-handed sailing simple and stress free.

Below deck flexibility and style

Designed by Jean-Marc Piaton and Rafael Bonet the interior offers modernity and functionality.

In this 4-cabin 4-head version, there are two double berths forward separated by a removable bulkhead, and two doubles aft, each with their 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” and head in the bow.

Removing the longitudinal bulkhead makes one huge stateroom forward, making this is a fabulous boat for larger groups, or for those looking to sail in spacious style in 3 cabin mode.

Another stroke of design brilliance is that all drawers and cabinets in the salon open parallel to the centreline, so nothing flies out when opened underway.

There is space and functionality a plenty: The galley has a nice island with storage and also works as something to brace against underway. There are a three-burner stove and oven, double sinks, freezer and refrigerator. There is additional wine bottle storage under the flooring.

To 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 port-lights supplemented by multiple hatches.

The interior finish is pure Jeanneau. Fabric-covered bulkhead panels provide some sound attenuation and the Alpi wood finish is in teak.


If you would like to buy this remarkable Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 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
Hull type
Length (LOA)
14.42 m / 47 ft 4 in
Model Length
14.93 m / 49 ft
Beam (width)
4.49 m / 14 ft 9 in
11,290 kg / 24,890 lbs
Sail area
99 m2 / 1,064 ft2
Primary fuel tank capacity
240 L / 63 gallons
Water capacity
1 x 635 L / 1 x 168 gallons
Engine make
Engine size
80 hp / 59 kW
No. of engines
Interior layout options
4 Cabins / 5 Heads
Max people
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