The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45-2 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2, designed by Philippe Briand and the Jeanneau Design Office, was first built in 1997 and became one of the most popular models in the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey line.

With its spacious cockpit, generous interior, and various layout options, the Sun Odyssey 45.2 offers a versatile and enjoyable sailing experience for both owners and charterers.

A Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 at anchorA Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2

Published Specification for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2

Underwater Profile: Bulb fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 46.5'x" (14.2m)

Waterline Length: 38'5" (11.7m)

Beam: 14'8" (4.5m)

Draft: 5'3" (1.6m)

Rig Type: Fractional sloop

Displacement: 21,605lb (9,800kg)

Designer: Philippe Briand

Builder: Jeanneau (France)

Year First Built: 1997

Year Last Built: 2003

Published Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.7

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 37.5

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 170

4. Comfort Ratio: 22.8

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.1

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.7 suggests that, in the right hands, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern. 

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 37.5 would usually mean that the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 170, tells us the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 22.8 suggests that crew comfort of a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.1 tells us that a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 would not be as good a choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making, owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.

Any Questions?

Is the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 is no longer in production. It was discontinued in 2005, after eight years of manufacturing. According to Jeanneau, more than 700 units were built during that period.

What sailplan and rig options are available for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2?

The Sun Odyssey 45.2 has a fractional sloop rig with a double-spreader mast and a furling genoa. The standard sail area is 97 m² (1044 ft²), but there is also an optional performance package that increases it to 105 m² (1130 ft²) with a larger mainsail and a 140% genoa. The mast height is 18.30 m (60 ft) above the waterline.

What is the difference between the standard (or owners) version and the charter version of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2?

The standard version of the Sun Odyssey 45.2 has three cabins and two heads, with a large owner's cabin forward and two aft cabins. The charter version has four cabins and two heads, with two identical cabins forward and two aft. Both versions have a U-shaped galley to port, a navigation station to starboard, and a spacious saloon with a large table and seating area.

What keel options are available for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2?

The Sun Odyssey 45.2 has two keel options: a standard fin keel with a draught of 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) or a shoal keel with a draught of 1.35 m (4 ft 5 in). Both keels are made of cast iron and have winglets for improved stability.

What is the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 like to sail?

The Sun Odyssey 45.2 is a fast and easy-to-handle sailboat that performs well in various wind and sea conditions. It has a responsive and quick hull, fine entry lines, and a balanced rudder that provides good steering control. The cockpit is ergonomic and comfortable, with a large wheel, an integrated instrument panel, and plenty of storage space. The sail controls are well-positioned and accessible from the helm or the cockpit seats.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2?

The price of a secondhand Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 depends on several factors, such as the year of construction, the condition of the boat, the equipment level, and the location of the boat. According to YachtWorld, as of April 2023, the average asking price for a used Sun Odyssey 45.2 was $139,000 USD, ranging from $70,000 USD to $200,000 USD.

What other sailboats have been created by the designer of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2?

Philippe Briand is a renowned French naval architect who has designed many successful sailboats for various brands, such as Beneteau, CNB, Dufour, Grand Soleil, Lagoon, Nautor's Swan, Oyster, Wauquiez, and more. Some of his notable creations include:

  • The Beneteau First series: a range of performance cruisers that have won several awards and races;
  • The CNB Bordeaux 60: a luxury bluewater cruiser that combines elegance, comfort, and speed;
  • The Dufour 40: a versatile and agile sailboat that offers a high level of sailing performance and interior comfort;
  • The Grand Soleil 50: a sleek and powerful cruiser-racer that has a distinctive style and a spacious cockpit;
  • The Lagoon 620: a large and luxurious catamaran that can accommodate up to 12 guests and 4 crew members;
  • The Nautor's Swan 45: a fast and elegant racer-cruiser that has won several prestigious regattas, such as the Rolex Swan Cup and the Swan European Championship;
  • The Oyster 625: a spacious and comfortable cruising yacht that features a raised saloon, a large aft deck, and a hydraulic bathing platform;
  • The Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 55: a modern and innovative sailboat that has a panoramic saloon, a central cockpit, and a performance-oriented hull.




The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

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