If you want to be fast in light airs then go skinny. A Kerr 40 was much quicker than my 12.50 in light airs. The tradeoff is you need crew as the wind builds. I bought the Pogo because I wanted to be comfortable short handed in heavy airs.
If you want everything, Dragon would tick a lot...
Ferk. Did somebody dig up R.J. Mitchell? It looks like a Spitfire the way it rakes and tails off to the rear.
Actually, that's a bit unfair. The spitfire was gorgeous from any angle, that looks horrific.
The Pogo 40 S3 mast height from DWL is something like 19m, the 12.50 was 18.5m. My aftermarket A2 was 200m2 which isn't far off a Class 40. The big difference is the mast head sails, I'd like that on the 12.50 and the the bigger main, that'd be cool.
That is a great photo, but that looks a bit stubby for a 12.50, you can 4 people inline in the cockpit with oodles of room. Looks like a Pogo 30, aluminium mast and there's no hatch just forrard of the mast.
I might be biased, but that just looks hot and functional to me. There is something about the lines that just speaks solidity and survivability. Would be awesome in fresh conditions with a big swell, put that volume in the bow to work.
Coupla things spring to mind that I have noticed:
Water ballast. I had 400l in 2 water tanks in the cruisery version which sat under the cabin settees. Each one is prob 6' x 1.5' square so the volume is not small but it is hidden low and near to the centreline. Water ballast on a...
The biggest difference I noticed between a Class 40 concept and near everything else I've sailed on, is the smiles.
I have raced on faster boats, but none that envoke the same feelings of confidence, exhilaration, happiness and simple fun.
I don't know how else to put it, but for me they just...