Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV'

Jeanneau 490 charter yachtThe Jeanneau 490 charter yacht ‘Hakuna Matata IV’ is a sleek modern cruising yacht. This vessel was named Cruising World’s 2019 ‘Import Boat of the Year’. She benefits from a full exterior refit and paint refreshment in 2023 which includes new cockpit cushions, bimini, dodger and a sleek white hull repaint.

Starting at the stern, an extra-large swim platform offers easy boarding and with twin helms, there is clear access through the cockpit to the companionway. The cockpit has a classic look with teak decks under the shade of the bimini. Ease of movement around the decks is greatly enhanced by a uniquely designed walk-around deck with gently sloping side decks into the cockpit. Hakuna Matata IV also has upgraded cockpit coamings which are hinged and folded out to make large loungers on both sides of the cockpit.

She carries her beam well aft, so not only do you benefit from a huge cockpit, (with a full coverage bimini) but the twin rudders necessitated by the wide beam also give ‘4×4’ steering under sail.  The shoal draft 5’5” keel allows access to virtually any mooring ball in the BVIs. The 490 is equipped with roller furling mainsail and genoa, with all control lines led aft to inboard-mounted primary electric winches, in addition to the electric coach roof winch, so you can be under full sail, shorthanded, in under 2 minutes. There is a full array of Raymarine electronics, including autopilot, chart plotter, radar, wind speed, depth, and boat speed of course. The Jeanneau 490 Hakuna Matata IV is fast, fun, and exhilarating to sail. Once at anchor and night falls, turn on the underwater lights to attract the magnificent tarpon which are so abundant in the BVI.

Jeanneau 490 Hakuna Matata IV has the upgraded 80HP Yanmar engine which will deliver 8.5 knots cruising speed under power.

Hakuna Matata IV will appeal to those looking to sail in spacious luxury. The large stateroom is forward with an island queen double with a separate large shower with sink to starboard and a head with sink to port. There are two more well-appointed queen-sized double cabins aft. There is also a second head and shower aft. All the heads onboard are electric.

The galley is well equipped with a three-burner stove and oven, double sinks, a large dual-access refrigerator, and a separate freezer. There is additional wine bottle storage under the saloon sole.

To starboard in the saloon, there is a generous folding dining table with a central bench seat and there is plentiful storage under all the saloon seating. The ambient light below is exceptional, with hull and deck portlights supplemented by multiple hatches. There is 3-zone air-conditioning and a generator to ensure comfort and power at anchor. The Fusion sound system syncs any device via Bluetooth with speakers in the saloon as well as the cockpit.

If you enjoy getting ‘in the groove’ sailing a monohull, but also love space and light, above and below decks, the Jeanneau 490 is a brilliant choice for your next sailing trip.


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Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV' Specifications
Double Cabins
Max People
Hull type
Length (LOA)
49' / 14.94 m
Beam (width)
14' 9" / 4.49 m
24,912 lbs / 11,300 kg
Air Conditioning
Solar Panels
Water Maker
Draft (depth)
shoal keel, 5' 5" / 1.66 m
Primary fuel tank capacity
63 gal / 240 L
Water capacity
169 gal / 640 L
Engine make
Engine size (standard)
80 hp / 59 kW
No. of engines
Electric genoa winches
Electric mainsail winch
Bow Thruster
BVI Chart Briefing - Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV' Chart Briefings
Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV'
Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV' Reviews
Jonathan Horvath, Dave Polakoff & Mathieu Gombault, 4-10 February '24

Dear Horizon Friends,

Thank you for another successful and delightful Horizon Yacht charter and Horizon ASA school experience.  From start to finish, our interaction with you was professional, friendly, courteous, efficient, and fun. We are so glad we returned to Horizon for 2024 and look forward to continuing to do so.

Please extend our appreciation and gratitude to ALL staff, on the water and behind the desks, who contributed to our wonderful experience.

If only we would visit you more often (SMILE!).

If anyone is passing through New York City during the 2024 sailing season, please let us know, so we can hope to get you on the water and return the hospitality.


Jonathan, Dave & Mathieu


James Byrne, 25-31 January '24

Excellent, professional service!

Vas Piscell , 9-14 January '23

Great boat and Dom was a brilliant captain.

Chuck Gruber, Dec 2021

Last week my family and I had the opportunity to spend a week sailing the BVI on the Casbah II. We have been chartering with Horizon for over 20 years and you guys just seem to get better every time.

The complexity of travelling internationally via planes and ferries is at an all-time high but the help, advice and flexibility of your office staff made that manageable. Your boat descriptions and providing the manual in advance helped us get familiar with the boat and make sure we brought just what we needed. The tight check-in and check-out schedule we had to allow maximum boat time in light of the reduced travel options worked flawlessly.

Again, we were on the Hakuna Matata IV (previously Casbah II) and, with the high winds and seas last week, we got to see all she has to offer. Just great sailing for which the BVI is well known. You guys are just the best.

I’d say don’t change and you’re the best and the best doesn’t stand still. I know you will come up with new ways to make our next charter even better. We can’t wait for that time.

Enjoy the Holidays and our family wishes you a very prosperous and safe 2022.

Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV'

We frequently get asked “What’s included in my BVI yacht charter?”

Well, apart from guaranteed fun on the water when you charter a yacht with Horizon BVI, we hope the following list of charter yacht equipment provides you with a good idea of what you need to bring with you (and what you don’t!)

In addition to the comprehensive equipment lists below, we also offer wifi and watertoy rental.

Here is a useful list of things to bring with you on charter and not to forget on your shopping list!

Equipment On Board

All of Horizons’ British Virgin Island yachts have the following charter yacht equipment included on board:

  • VHF Radio
  • Chart plotter
  • 10ft – 12ft RIB Dinghy and 15hp outboard motor
  • Charts and Virgin Islands Cruising Guide
  • Flashlight
  • Adult Lifejackets
  • BBQ Grill
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Through-hull Plugs
  • Deck brush
  • Cockpit table
  • Bimini
  • Linens and towels
  • Beach towels
  • Clothes pegs
  • Speedo and depth-sounder
  • Wind indicator
  • Electric windlass
  • Refrigerator
  • Cellular Boatphone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flare Kit
  • Binoculars
  • Tool Kit
  • Boat Hook
  • Signal Horn
  • Duct Tape
  • Bucket with Lanyard
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Cooler or deck cooler
  • All galley and cooking utensils
  • Pillows
  • 12V Outlet
  • 110 Volt Inverter to charge laptops etc
  • Autopilot in all yachts
  • Roller furling main or fully battened main with lazy jacks
  • CD Player with saloon and cockpit speakers
  • Roller furling genoa


Some of our BVI yacht charter vessels also have the following additional charter yacht equipment included:

  • Generator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Blender 110V
  • Wifi (charges apply)
  • Watermakers

Bluetooth Headsets

Avoid shouting from the helm to the bow with our Sena Boom headsets, allowing you to communicate with ease when picking up a mooring ball, anchoring, docking, or navigating through shallow waters. Perfect for blind spots and windy conditions on board.

Please contact us for details on availability and pricing.


Why not rent some watertoys to give that extra dimension to your BVI sailing vacation?

  • SUPs
  • Single Kayaks
  • Double Kayaks
  • Dinghy ladders
  • Floating mats
  • Noodles

Please contact us for details and pricing, or visit our watersports page for more information.

Internet & Adapters

Enquire to for rates & availability based on your charter dates.

Please click here for useful information on plug adapters for your electronics.

Free Provisions

Complimentary Starter Kit

Upon boarding your yacht for the start of your BVI sailing vacation, you will find we have included a Complimentary Starter Kit provided for your use. This includes:

  • Bottle of Rum (Naturally!)
  • Bottle of Spring Water
  • Dish Liquid
  • Roll Paper Towel
  • Antibacterial Spray
  • Guest Soaps
  • Coca Cola
  • Complimentary bag of ice
  • Condiments (salt & pepper)
  • One roll of toilet tissue per head/shower
  • Matches
  • OFF Insect Repellent
  • Handiwipes
  • 2 Trash Bags

Snorkel Gear

Please note that we do not supply snorkel gear. We suggest you bring your own mask and snorkel to ensure a good fit, or you can easily rent the full set from Blue Water Divers situated next door to Horizon Yacht Charters. Please contact Blue Water Divers ahead of your arrival to book your snorkel gear. Visit our watersports page for more information.

Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV' Enquire
Low Season Jul 10 - Oct 31
Low/Mid Season Apr 25 - Jul 9,
Nov 1 - Dec 17
Mid Season Jan 5 - Jan 30
High Season* Dec 18 - Jan 4,
Jan 31 - Apr 24


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Please note we have 5 nights minimum and 7 nights min between Dec 18 and Jan 4.

Did you know Horizon’s charters start and finish at noon? This means we can get you out sailing your first afternoon after your briefings – remember to watch your video briefings to speed up your check out! At the end of your trip, you sail back to Nanny Cay to refuel and debrief before your noon departure. This gives you a full 6 nights/7 days chartering around our beautiful islands, unlike some companies that start at 5pm, meaning you will have to sleepaboard* at the docks, and then finish at 10am, again meaning you will probably have to stay overnight on the docks the night before you leave to fly home.

*If available, a sleep aboard can be added the night before your charter start for a small supplement, boarding your yacht after 5pm.

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Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV' Terms & Conditions

Current Rates

Weekly rates (full 7 days / 6 nights) are listed above as daily rates. Charters start and finish at noon. Our minimum charter duration requirement is 5 nights.

BVI Charter Rates are subject to change without notice.

Horizon Yacht Charters BVI Charter Rates are listed above. Yacht photographs and specifications act as a guide and are for information purposes only.  Although we endeavour to ensure that images are accurate reflections of the yachts in our fleet, certain aspects may vary slightly, such as yacht deck, the colour of the hull, dodger or bimini.

All yachts come with rigid inflatables & outboards, biminis, BBQ, Stereo, GPS, linens, towels, safety & galley equipment etc. See What’s Included for a full list.


C = Cabins, H = Heads, AC = Air Conditioning, S = Skipper first day only

*Additional $700 supplement per week applies from Dec 18 – Jan 4

May we advise that HDW insurance, Cruising Permits and National Parks Permit are payable before departure from the dock in cash or travellers’ cheques, as using a Credit Card will incur a 5% surcharge. Upon return of the vessel, you are required to top off the water and fuel tanks, which you receive full upon boarding the vessel.

BVI Charter Rates shown above are for 6 nights per vessel (min 5 nights except for Christmas and New Year min 7 nights + supplements on selected yachts) with the additional daily rate should you wish to add nights. BVI Charters start and finish at noon. Sleep-aboard (the option of staying on board your yacht at the dock) with the boarding of your vessel available after 5.00 pm, can sometimes be added to the start of your charter at an extra charge of $75.00 per head per night (minimum of $200.00 per night), depending upon yacht availability.

  • Hull Damage Waiver Insurance is compulsory for $60.00 (max $600) per day for Monohulls and $70.00 (max $700) per day for Catamarans. Security deposit is $2000 for monohulls and cats 41ft and under, and $5000 for cats 42ft plus. This limits your liability to the security deposit (either $2000 or $5000) per incident relating to the yacht and 3% of hull value per incident if in contravention of the Client Responsibility Agreement or the Charter Contract.
  • Skippers are available from $225.00 per day, Instructors from $275.00 per day and Cooks from $225.00 per day (plus food and gratuity).
  • Provisioning – Please refer to our provisioning page for more information.
  • Windsurfing, kayaks, hammock rentals, SCUBA gear or other water sports are all available at competitive rates. Click here for more information.
  • Hotel Accommodations throughout the islands can be arranged. Most major credit cards are accepted. Please check our Accommodations page for more information.
  • Learn to Sail – we are an ASA-affiliated Instructing Facility – Please request more details on our courses or click here for more information.

An Environmental levy of $10 per head is payable by all visitors to the BVI on arrival (effective 1st Sept 2017).

Bookings and Cancellations – We require a 50% deposit to confirm the reservation and the balance due of 50% should be received by Horizon Yacht Charters no later than 45 days prior to the charter start date. A full refund less a $200.00 administration fee is given should the reservation be cancelled in writing up to 90 days prior to the charter start date. If the charter is cancelled within 90 days of the charter start date, then a full refund (less $200.00) is made subject to Horizon Yacht Charters reselling the charter space reserved.

Trip Cancellation Insurance: We strongly recommend this as it protects you should anything unforeseen occur before your holiday. Click Here for more details.

Conditions apply to all charters.

Additional Items

  • Cruising Permit $4 pp/pd
  • National Parks Permit From $25 per week
  • VISAR (Optional) $2 per person
  • Mobile phone rental $20 (Duration of charter) Mandatory

Super Size your Dinghy

Why not upgrade your yacht tender during your sailing vacation? Get the crew ashore in style and explore more with an upgraded tender. Only $300 per day. Find out more here.

Jeanneau 490 (2019) 'Hakuna Matata IV' Super Tender

Super Tender your Vacation with Horizon Yacht Charters!












Licensed for 6 persons, this 15ft RIB with 60HP Yamaha outboard will get you and your crew to snorkelling spots and the beach in style and comfort.

Make your charter yacht vacation a breeze – enjoy the comfort of being able to tie up your yacht for the night and then continue exploring the surrounding bays! You can pick up your mooring ball at the Bight and then head to the Indians or the Caves for a snorkel. If you visit the Dogs, there’s no need to choose only one snorkel spot for your lunch stop, zip around them all!  A swim ladder makes boarding easy from the water.

For popular spots where it’s trickier to find a mooring, the RIB is the perfect alternative. Settle into Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke for the night and then take the RIB to White Bay for the afternoon to enjoy painkillers without the hassle of finding a mooring ball or having to move your yacht for the night.

The North Sound boasts a selection of some of the best dining options in the BVI. There’s no need to settle for only one spot when you have the RIB. Pick up provisions from Leverick Bay, enjoy the plunge pool at Nova in Deep Bay, and then zip back to the sound for sundowners at Saba Rock before enjoying dinner at The Bitter End.

If you have a mix of snorkelers, beachgoers, shoppers and sailors onboard then give your group flexibility by taking the standard dinghy included in your charter as well. This will also remove the need to make multiple dinghy trips ashore for larger groups.

Get more out of your sailing vacation with Horizon- ‘Super Tender’ it!


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