The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49, an aft cockpit fractional sloop, was designed by Phillipe Briand and built in France by Jeanneau.

'Laurie N', a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 sailboat prepares to pick up a mooring in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica, West IndiesA Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49

Published Specification for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49

Underwater Configuration: Bulb keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 49'2" (15.0m)

Waterline Length: 42'4" (12.9m)

Beam: 14'9" (4.5m)

Draft: 7'9" (2.4m)

Rig Type: Fractional sloop

Displacement: 27,778lb (12,600kg)

Designer: Phillipe Briand

Builder: Jeanneau (France)

Year First Built: 2003

Owners Association: Jeanneau Owners Network

Published Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.6

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 28.9

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 164

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 26.9

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.6 suggests that the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 28.9 would usually mean that the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 would have a tendency to heel excessively 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 the keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 164, tells us the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 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 26.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 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 (CSF) of 1.9 tells us that a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

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