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post #4526 of Old 06-10-2013
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Re: Interesting Sailboats

The A40 RC is a nice boat, and what's not to like about all those sexy carbon bits? For some reason it kind of reminds me of a Sydney 38, perhaps because the foredeck and forward cabintop have quite a bit of curvature. In the back, of course, it's a different story.

Just for fun, I took a look at the Key West Race Week 2009 race results, as it is mentioned in the video that the boat would make its racing debut there. Well, they chose the wrong year to go because that was the year the King 40 / Mills 40 showed up, taking 3 of the top 4 finishing positions in IRC B (with a J/44 finishing 3rd - albeit, the very well-sailed "Gold Digger", a local Long Island Sound boat). The A40 RC managed 6th overall, but well out of the hunt, 13.5 points behind the 5th placed J/122.

But, to be fair, a King 40 will set you back $340,000 or more, while a J/122 is in the same range. Even a Gucci J/44 is going to run $250,000 or more. So, an A40 RC is now looking like a very economical choice indeed, even without the big discount.

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