Thanks for the reply. When you say Dragon you refer to the class or to a specific boat?You really need to sail on a 40 first. Being longer, it will be a bit faster. But all those boats are wide & flat hull shapes & will suffer (lots of wetted surface) in light air. You might want to look at "Dragon" a first gen hull that's in top nick, and a bit skinnier in general
Thanks for the feedback.Why not look at something like a pogo 12.50 which is, in short-hand, a cruising version of a class 40? The modern class 40s
(including most of the boats that are doing the RdR) are pretty solidly incompatible with adding even the basic comfort amenities. As a benchmark, 144 has a jetboil for a galley, a bucket for a head, and water in 10l jugs only (unless some has to go into the fixed 20l tanks). This is the standard. Weight matters a lot and adding more gear would impact performance.
Most, though not all, of the 40s are optimized for a Route du Rhum course. They are not particularly close-winded, especially in light air, but once the wind breaks 12 and is on or aft of the beam, they take off. You could use the RORC races to compare the performance against other boats such as the JPKs and the J Boats.
Thanks for the feedback.Yep.
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 of boxes.
Ok, thank you. I'll take a look, for sure.We are refering to a specific Class 40. Custom build, Owen Clarke design
Early design before the class went low freeboards, so better suited for what you want. Most early C 40 designs should suit you, the production build boats have more of an interior