Design #685 Class 40
The Class 40 fleet has undergone explosive growth in recent years by filling a market niche for fast, high performance offshore capable boats that are well suited to short-handed sailing. The class is governed by a strict set of rule controls that limit the principal characteristics of the design with an effort to tightly control costs and produce equitable performance between boats.
At Farr Yacht Design we have been watching developments in the Class 40 arena with interest for some time, looking for the right opportunity to bring our extensive Volvo Ocean Race and Open 60 offshore design experience to bear on this exciting class. In October 2009 we contracted with Lapo Ancillotti’s BTBoats of New Zealand to develop a new limited production Class 40 design to be constructed in New Zealand by Cookson Boats.