Well suited to inshore and coastal cursing
Reviewed May 2017
I sailed a 2008 Sun Odyssey 441 that is part of the charter fleet in the Whitsundays, so this particular boat displayed plenty of the wear and tear that you would expect. But the model was well suited to Whitsunday sailing. For an older model and one without the wider sterns of most new production boats, I was impressed by how roomy the cabin was. The cockpit was also generous, and the large cockpit table was great for meals on deck.
From a performance sailing perspective, I’d be lying if I said I was impressed. The sails, deck equipment and rig tuning on this particular boat may be largely to blame, but I still can’t see this being a solid offshore sailor or too impressive around the buoys. The 2m draft, pretty deep for a yacht like this starts to limit anchorage options but did make it pretty stable underway.
Storage down below and throughout the cabins was good, although on deck storage was limited. Of course, it’s not the most important feature of a boat, but something that I impressed with was the kitchen sinks. The large double sinks and separate deep-set drying rack were very user-friendly. The fridge and freezer were also generous.