Captain Jeff Lewis Reviews the Jeanneau 490

As a professional yacht delivery captain and sailor for nearly 50 years, I am often asked by new sailors, “What is the best sailboat on the market?”. This, of course, is a question everyone wants to know. My usual reply is, “The best boat on the market is the boat you will realistically use that you feel comfortable sailing.”

In order to select the best boat for you, is to truly and honestly assess what you will really use the boat for the majority of your time. So many people think they need a big boat that’s built for long range blue water sailing when they’ve yet to sail outside the local waters. To seek such a boat would probably quickly disappoint you.

I have owned boats of all types, power, sail, paddle… In all honesty, the majority of my time on my boats was always spent doing local trips, weekenders, and overnights to local destinations. I spent many nights at anchor or at a marina enjoying time with family and friends. Less than 10% of my time was spent doing a long distance overnight or multi-day trip in blue water (on my boats at least!).

I was asked to do an honest assessment of the Jeanneau 490 Sun Odyssey I recently delivered over 1200 track miles from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas. I spent 90% in blue water and 10% nearshore. During those 8 days I spent offshore, we sailed on all points of sail, in various conditions from near gale force winds and 8-10′ seas and flat calm conditions.

Our first day was spent crossing the Gulfstream toward the Bahamas in 20kt Southeast winds. It was a lumpy close hauled ride, to say the least. We discovered that it is best to beef up the interior cabinet latches in this type of pounding. We managed to shore up the cabinet and drawer latches quickly. One thing I can say, I have sailed many Jeanneaus over many rough seas, through gales and can tell you without a doubt the hull and rigging on these yachts can take a pounding!

Later in our journey, we had an unfavorable wind shift causing us to close haul and tack to windward. I was impressed with how close to the wind we were able to sail and make good speed even in sloppy conditions offshore. We beat close hauled for nearly two days. I was convinced we would lose more than a day during this time, but surprisingly we made good progress to windward until we got more favorable winds as we dipped into the trades.

Our sail into the islands was fast on a close reach at over 8-10kts. in 6-8′ seas and 15-18kts. of wind. We arrived on schedule in the islands. One of our traditions upon reaching the Caribbean is to stop for a “swim call” for all hands. We anchored at Christmas Cove near Great St. James Island. This is where the 490 was in her true element! We dropped the massive swim platform and opened up the cockpit to a very comfortable open and breezy, shaded space for having our celebratory libations and a much-deserved swim in the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean!

The walk around, open continuous side decks from the cockpit at the helm to foredeck gave us plenty of room to walk without obstruction or awkward climb over the seat backs to the foredeck. We decided to see how the sunbeds worked in the cockpit and opened up the seats which turned the cockpit into a nice sunning/napping area. We brought up whatever was left of our provisions from the galley and had a great meal alfresco while
watching the other cruisers swim, play and sail about.

Overall, this is what the Jeanneau 490 was designed to provide! She’s tough offshore, some tweaking of the interior cabinets before a crossing, and she’s solid and tough as nails. A fun, spacious enjoyable cruising layout made for maximum accommodation for both fast, solid sailing performance offshore, then, relaxing in the harbor on the hook or in a marina.

Our time aboard had finally come to an end and we brought her to her new charter base at Virgin Islands Yacht Charters at Compass Pointe Marina. I have no doubt there are some happy charter customers that have taken her around the islands and lived quite comfortably during their explorations! We sure have come a long way since Sir Francis Drake plied those waters!

Get to Know the New Jeanneau Sun Odyssey Lines

Special Pricing Available in 2019!

8th Generation Jeanneau – Sailing Redesigned for Performance & Comfort

Yes, Jeanneau did it again!  From the design table of PHILLIPPE BRIAND, this NEW generation brings significant improvements in both performance and comfort in cruising.  Jeanneau proves you can have it all!  Debut at the 2018 Cannes Show, Captain James interviewed the President of Jeanneau America, Mr. Nick Harvey, while walking through the NEW model.  Mr. Harvey highlighted the new innovations of this NextGen Jeanneau:

  • Innovative “Walk-Around Decks”
  • New Hull Design for Performance & Comfort
  • “Full-Length Hard Chine” Starting at the Bow for Better Stability
  • Moved the Beam of the Boat Forward for Speed & More Cabin Volume
  • Bow Comes Out of the Water when Flat for Faster Tacks
  • Lower Goose Neck for Larger Sail Area and Lower Center of Gravity
  • New Interior – Increasing Comfort, Increased Storage, Better Acoustics


For a complete break down go to https://www.atlantic-cruising.com/james.fachtmann

Captain James spoke with the CEO of Atlantic Cruising Yachts – Chris Bent (#1 North American Jeanneau Dealer) after he vacationed with his family in the BVI’s onboard a new Jeanneau 490. Mr. Bent revealed how much fun the new 8th Generation Sun Odyssey 490 was to sail!  Here are some of his comments:

“My wife Dawn and I just finished an amazing week in the Virgin Islands, sailing the new Jeanneau 490 with our children. We had our pick of Waypoints yachts but we were most excited about the new 490.  Why the 490? The excitement of true sailing performance on a very comfortable and safe platform.  The 490 definitely exceeded our expectations!  The walk around decks are incredible.  The ability to go forward or send the kids forward with dock-lines, or bring provisions into the cockpit, all without climbing over combings, made for easy circulation around the boat for everyone. The FWD master cabin was a real treat with completely separate shower and head areas with their own entrances gave us plenty of privacy and convenience.

The best feature of this boat is the sailing performance which was the highlight of the trip for me. We sailed past every other boat out there, leaving them in our wake.  We were the fastest boat that day, it felt great and the boat handled beautifully.  The new hull shape allows much more stability while carrying more sail area, and it pays off big time with speed, comfort, and fun.  When Dawn and I met 18 years ago, we enjoyed sailing the Virgin Islands on the old Jeanneau 45.2.  It was great for us to rediscover the thrill of sailing and share it with our kids with this new 8th generation of the Jeanneau.”

Jeanneau has been a leading innovator in designing leading edge cruising boats for over 60 years. With the new Sun Odyssey series, kicking off with the 410440 and 490, Jeanneau raises the bar. This is a total redesign from the keel up!

Waypoints® Offer: Jeanneau Walk-Around Decks in High Demand

Jeanneau is making waves in the charter industry with the new walk-around decks on the Sun Odyssey line. With a lack of obstruction between the cockpit and the deck, there is more space for the captain and charter guests than ever before. The side decks slope down aft to the cockpit floor to eliminate the need to navigate coamings and biminis.

Because of the demands of these models in the charter industry, we are offering an exclusive special on the Sun Odyssey 410, 440, and 490* in partnership with our Waypoints® affiliate bases. For any of the three aforementioned yachts purchased for placement in the Business Yacht Ownership® program, Atlantic Cruising Yachts will advance and pre-pay 8 weeks of your charter income at settlement. This will be in the form of a check paid at settlement.

If you are looking to purchase a new yacht and offset 80-100% of the costs through our Business Yacht Ownership® program, this is your best opportunity. With 8 weeks pre-paid charter income, you can rest assured that you’re taking the most fiscally responsible approach to ownership. In addition, our list of approved Waypoints® bases are inspected regularly to ensure that your boat stays in pristine condition throughout the life of your charter business.

For more information, and to take advantage of this incredible yacht ownership opportunity, contact a yacht consultant today!

*Boat available for this program are as follows: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 (2 or 3 cabins), 440 (3 cabins) and 490 (3 or 4 cabins).

List Your Current Yacht with Us – We’ll Waive Our Commission

No matter how much you love your current yacht, you may be looking at bigger, better, newer models and thinking about starting 2019 with an upgrade. Every year, Jeanneau and Fountaine Pajot roll out new features, like the walk-around decks on the award-winning Jeanneau 490 and the innovative roof design of the Astréa 42When you’re ready to upgrade and transition to a new yacht, the Atlantic Cruising Yachts team can do so much more than help you find the perfect new yacht. We can list your current yacht for brokerage, get you the best selling price, and we’ll waive our seller’s commission. Here’s how it works:

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Experience the Leader 36 and NC 33 at the 2018 United States Powerboat Show

Power crafted to impress – be a leader on the Bay with a high-performance and luxurious Jeanneau Inboard Powerboat. Join Atlantic Cruising Yachts on Dock C at the United States Powerboat Show from October 11-14 for the opportunity to experience the incredible Jeanneau Leader 36 and NC 33. 

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Join the Best of the Bahamas: Abaco

You’ve purchased your dream Jeanneau or Fountaine Pajot yacht. The Business Yacht Ownership® program helped you discover the most cost-effective route to yacht ownership and you’ve decided to place your brand new vessel into charter. For many owners, the clear blue waters surrounding The Abaco Islands are an excellent choice.

Tourist Hotspot

Irrefutably breathtaking, sensationally luxurious, and highly visited, The Abacos are an idyllic location for your yacht to call home. Stretching 130 miles, The Abacos are a group of islands dotted with bays and coves. Specifically located at the Great Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbor, Cruise Abaco is the premier charter experience in the Bahamas for guests seeking a vacation balanced between relaxation and exploration. Guests choose to charter in The Abacos for its picturesque sunrises and sunsets, other-worldly scuba and snorkeling experiences, and island culture. According to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, over 90% of visitors to the Bahamas recommend it to friends and family¹. As a yacht owner seeking to offset the cost of your vessel, placing it into charter at a location that attracts tourism without having to try, and has a lengthy charter season, is a no-brainer.

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Inside the Buyer’s Journey: Phil Hammar (Jeanneau Owner)

Every buyer’s journey to yacht ownership is unique. Phil Hammar and his family’s journey began in 2007. At the time, they were not quite sure what type, brand, or features to explore. Their son was 18-months-old at the time, so the safety of a vessel was of the utmost importance. After looking into various brands, such as Beneteau and Catalina, they selected to purchase a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i for its highly secure deck and its unquestionable craftsmanship. They christened their vessel Blue Cloud and enjoyed many day sailing trips throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

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Exclusive Updates from the Desk of CEO Christian Bent

I have just returned from another fantastic trip to Europe for the international dealer meetings of Jeanneau and Fountaine Pajot. Both offered a look at some exciting new products, important developments on production and outlook for 2019 and 2020, and exciting awards for the Atlantic Cruising Yachts team.  

Jeanneau International Dealer Meeting: Port Bourgenay, France.  

Our East Coast of Florida Regional Manager, Josef Buxton, and I joined approximately 300 other dealer representatives in Port Bourgenay, located in the Vendee region of France. The location is the perfect backdrop for idyllic summer cruising.

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Meet the Leader Line: Jeanneau Power

As one of the world’s leading Jeanneau sailing dealers, Atlantic Cruising Yachts is excited to be offering the Leader line of Jeanneau Inboard Powerboats. We now offer the Leader 30, 33, 36, 40, and 46 models. This high-performance, innovate inboard powerboat line is ideal for anyone seeking to embrace luxury and adventure at sea.

The Leader’s distinguished design with a sporty finesse blends together perfectly to offer the exhilaration of high-performance hulls and the comforts of impeccably-crafted layouts. The contemporary style invites relaxation in a luxurious fashion. Each model provides unique features and opportunities:

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