Class 40 Open - Vaquita - for sale


This Humphreys designed Class 40 represents the design studios latest venture into the Class and at minimum weight and maximum righting moment, in the right hands, should prove to be a winning combination.

For HYD the aim was to create a highly competitive design with excellent all-round performance and handling characteristics, incorporating all the latest in race boat design philosophy and technology. HYD worked closely with CFD specialists KND­ Sailing Performance during the optimisation of the hull, appendages and sail plan. Designed with GOR compliance in mind, this Class 40 features minimum freeboard, maximum allowable deck edge chamfer and a relatively aft positioned coach roof, which contribute to minimising the required deck volume and aiding self-righting (a requirement for the GOR). The large deck edge chamfer and minimum freeboard also aids the design during the 90 degree pull down test, allowing a lower VCG for the same maximum measured righting moment, of 320kg, measured at the masthead. The deck and cockpit layout features a relatively conventional twin tiller type arrangement, offering excellent helming visibility. The deep cockpit also helps drive the VCG lower whilst offering reassuring protection for the crew along with the additional coach roof overhang.

Structural engineering was carried out by the New Zealand based company Pure Design & Engineering, noted for their role as lead engineers for Team New Zealand, including their two giant AC72 America’s Cup catamarans. The high quality build is by Oceantec in Slovenia, a yard vastly experienced with resin infusion technology. Construction is in the form of infused epoxy / E­ glass / foam sandwich. Project management was by former Team Russia Volvo Ocean Race skipper Andreas Hanakamp, Andreas contributed valuable input during the design and build process based on his extensive experience within the Class and his offshore racing experience.

The owner now feels it is time to move towards fast cruising with a little more refinement and is reluctantly moving away from the shorthanded racing scene which has been a passion for the past few years. Well prepared, with a good inventory and ready to go sailing this absolutely up to date design Class 40 is ready to collect silverware!

Designer, Humphreys Yacht Design
Builder, Oceantec, Slovenia
Launched 2013
LOA, 12.19 m
Draft, 3.00 m
Beam, 4.49 m
Displacement, 4500 kg
Construction, epoxy resin infused E glass on foam sandwhich

New 2013 or low mileage. Elvstrom EPEX membrane sails. Sail inventory has benefited from an in-depth development program.
2 mainsail Carbon/Technora
2 Solent Carbon EPEX
1 staysail Pentex EPEX
1 trysail
1 storm jib
1 Code 0 Pentex EPEX with Future Fibre cable
1 Code 3 Pentex EPEX
1 Jib Top Pentex EPEX
1 Code 5 Nylon with Future Fibre cable
1 A1, 2 A2, 1 A5/6
Southern Spars 3 spreader, low windage rig, optimised thru R&D program
Rod standing rigging
Single Kevlar runners with deflector
PBO head stay
Kevlar inner forestay
Foredeck floodlight on front of mast
Deck fit out:
High density foam inserts additional reinforcements and E-plates for high load fittings.
Carbon fibre bow sprit with composite bobstay, dead ended above crash box. Bow sprit assembly has the capacity of being removed from boat and easy conversion to articulating system.
Antal optimised 4 winch arrangement
Full Antal deck gear
Antal jammers
Side mounted Spinlock XX clutches for backstay tails
Hydraulic backstay ram
Chain plates for shrouds and running backstays in composite.
All fastenings (including washers and nuts) are 316 stainless steel.
Stainless steel push pit, pulpit and braced stanchions fixed securely within composite sockets with lock fastening, 4mm diameter 1x19 wire lifelines.
Adjustable helmsman’s foot bars.
Clipping points for jackstays.
3 Sailmon CPU / displays
Raymarine VHF and AIS
Panasonic Tough Book
Sailor FB150 Inmarsat
2 ACP1 Pilot computers
1 Raymarine pilot ram
1 B&G hydraulic pilot ram
1 Simrad GPS compass
1 KVH Gyrotrac
BR1 Battery monitor
Furuno Radar
PLB and AIS beacons,
McMurdo G5 Epirb,
Sart, emergency VHF antenna,
Katadyn 80E watermaker.
Vetus 29hp engine with upgrades, including: cast iron fan belt pulleys changed to alloy, 90 A Mastervolt Alternator and Dyneema string controls for throttle.
Faired in drive shaft and P bracket for optimum weight and hydrodynamic performance
2 x 120l fuel tanks located within keel structure, including inspection hatch, vent pipe, sight gauges, fuel shut off valve and fuel filter.
Engine control panel mounted below deck
Water cooled exhaust with swan neck, exiting thru transom
Batteries and electrics:
3 X 65Ah house batteries
12 way switch panel
3 x Hella touch LED interior lights (r/w)
LED nav lights on bow and stern.
2 solar panels
Watt and Sea hydrogenerator
Domestic plumbing:                                 
Lavac toilet with pump doubling as bilge pump.
Freshwater foot pump and flexible fresh water tank, Fairfit thru hull fittings
Water ballast system:
750 litre composite tanks located on port and starboard side with sight gauges. Optimised low volume transfer system for max tank volume
1 x electric ballast / emergency bilge pump (10,000 plus litres per hour capacity).
Safety equipment:
4 person Ocean ISO liferaft in container,
Jonbouy module
1 horseshoe / danbouy combination.
Raymarine lifetag MOB system
Interior fit-out:
Interior modules are lightweight foam core with E-glass skins.
4 x fixed berths incorporating closed cell buoyancy foam as required by Class 40 regulations.
2 x coach roof side windows (as required by Class 40 regulations) and 2 sets of roof port lights to view rig from nav’ station and beneath cockpit canopy
Gimballed single burner gas canister stove
Single watertight hatch through forward watertight bulkhead, aft watertight bulkhead and through transom.
1 x composite companionway opening watertight door with sliding dodger.
Easy conversion to ORC Cat0, only doors required to bulkheads.
Custom cradle
Various spares
Lying: Normandy. France

Asking price: SOLD

Inventory and description to be confirmed and subject to contract.

For more information, photographs or to register an interest please email: Brokerage


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