September 23rd 2012. By Zuzana Prochazka.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44 Deck Salon: Boat Review

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44 Deck Salon delivers a great layout and an ergonomic deck in a value-priced design.

Editor’s Note: This review can be read in its entirety on We thought the community would enjoy a peek into this spacious new design from Jeanneau.

Jeanneau 44 DS sailing

The 44 DS still has the look of a Jeanneau, but with some added flair.

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 showed how intelligent design can make the most use out of limited space. And when that limit is expanded, you can get a package like the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44 Deck Salon. Innovative details, a cavernous interior and a new sleek deck really set the Sun Odyssey 44DS apart even from her sister Jeanneaus.

It’s hard to miss this boat’s profile. Standing on the dock, I noticed the “swoopy eye” of the side ports is still present, as on the others of the Jeanneau deck salon line. But it’s been stretched and looks lower and sleeker. The elongated port now integrates better into the lines of the coach-roof, which extends back seamlessly into the cockpit coaming. The 44DS has bold styling and fits between existing 42 and 45-foot models (neither of which it will be replacing, according to company representatives).

The new hull shape has a broader beam carried farther aft and a chine visible just above the waterline. The hull is solid glass, hence the 22,000 pound displacement, and has an integral grid beneath the cabin sole for extra strength and to distribute the keel loads. The T-shaped, cast iron bulb keel is available in shoal draft (5’ 2”) or deep draft (7’ 2”). The 9/10 fractional rig has a deck-stepped mast with double spreaders and comes standard with a furling mainsail. Together with the standard 106% headsail, there’s a total of 877 square feet of sail area. A self-tacking jib is an option. All lines are led aft in covered channels, so the decks are clear and easy to navigate all the way forward—where a Quick 1000W windlass and a double roller make easy work of anchoring.

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Zuzana Prochazka

Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,