So finally a post about the Comet 41s. It don't look nice that I have chosen a boat that has not been posted on this thread
The truth is that I have posted about the Comet 38 that is a kind of little sister but have not posted about the 41s because it is an older boat, that even if it is still in production, is a 2006 model.
But as I have said, always liked the boat and have even bought the test sail from my favorite magazine, the "Yacht" magazine and they have said nice things about the boat. I hope they don't mind that I show the opening page of that test sail : "Bella figura" they have said
They had light winds on that test and measured with 6K wind:
"Giornalle dela Vela" also tested the Comet 41s and with 15k wind they got:
So, no doubt about that, this is a fast boat that goes well in light wind and not bad in stronger wind starting to plan not far from 15k wind.
There are two versions of the boat, a more cruising orientated (the one that was tested on both magazines), that has a cored hull with e glass, airex as core and vinilester resins and a true racing version with carbon mast and boom with epoxy hull.
The first one weights 8.0T with a draft of 2.2m and a ballast of 2690kg, the second one 6.9T, with a draft of 2.5m and a ballast of 2500kg. The boat has 12.46m LOA, 10.90 LWL and 3.92 beam. A stiff boat with a good B/D ratio considering that it is a bulbed keel.
The keel is all lead but with an interior steel structure that permits it to be relatively fin. To my surprise I have learned and saw on the Comet shipyard that the keel is connected to a steel structure that is completely laminated to the boat and remain invisible. They where among the first that used a steel grid (before Grand Soleil) but they chose not to advertise it and that in my opinion makes no sense.
The performance cruising version:
The racing version:
"Yacht" Magazine said (translated):
"The designers from Studio Vallicelli have based the boat design on typical IMS racing yachts. This benefits not only the speed. It looks great too. But the smallest member of the Comar shipyard will make not only a good figure on the race track:
Also cruising, the crew will feel good on the 41mm Comet ...especially in the interior where they will likely feel as comfortable as at home. In the salon and the cabins almost nothing is unmistakably focused on a sailing performance concept, quite the contrary. Almost it seems you are on a Scandinavian series production boat, so fundamentally sound is the interior. Only the available space is somewhat scarcer than a pure cruising yachts of comparable length".
The most amazing thing in the boat, considering the size is a dedicated sail locker, just aft from the anchor locker, with access from the outside and space for two sails, the worse and the only shortcoming of the boat is the lack of hand holds, on the interior and on the outside, but that would not be difficult to solve and I will do that with the guys from the factory next winter.
There is another thing that I like on that boat: it has a lot of rocker for a modern hull. That will give it an easy motion in waves, minimazing slamming and giving it a more comfortable sea motion.
Comar says about the boat:
"The biggest challenge: keeping the same appeal of its big brothers, the 51 and the 45 S, in just twelve meters. For this the firm has spent many hours creating numerous models in 1:10 scale, to find the right BALANCE in the relationship between the hull and deckhouse...
The characteristics are typical of the Sport Comar line : easy forms and performance with minimum drag....The boat is characterized by fine bow sections shaped to develop the maximum buoyancy and facilitate the wave transition... Fast and responsive, the Comet 41s is docile to the helm and precise in the reactions due to an accurate centering and high efficiency of the rudder."