Especially from astern, this Este 40 could easily be mistaken for a Pogo 40, both clearly designed to take maximum advantage of the class 40 box rule. And the figures certainly are impressive!
But I also agree that the interior does not look convincing and probably would need a rebuild to make it work, either for racing or cruising. It seems as if they had a big struggle to get rid of the keelbox and I'm shure the Alfa Romeo was much more stylish.
Having not raised the topsides a little, the way Structures did when they designed the 12.50 out of the 40S2 hull, they end up with this very high coachroof, which is also not my taste.
But no doubt this yacht will be one of the very fastest 40 footers on the market. So I'd be happy to join for a short sail!
Not as bad as you paint it. Fact is that this boat offers 3 cabins with good privacy, a good sea galley (they have not photos but it is described as so on the test from Solo Vela), a chart table were it should be, at the center of the boat, with the engine below the seat on a central position and a spacious saloon.
I would have preferred an open space (saloon/Galley) but I could live better with this solution than with a solution without doors, like on the Pogo. Sure, if that boat is to be used for a couple it would be alright, but for two couples, or for one with grown up kids? And that would be my case.
Yes, BB74 is right. This is a race boat, but also one that has everything needed to cruise (with privacy) and a reduced draft. Contrary to the Pogo 12.50 the Este 40 is a boat that can race on the 40class without being ridiculous (was won already some races). It's a true dual purpose Ocean fast boat.
Call me crazy but if they offer me the two boats to chose I would have taken the Este 40. I wouldn't resist to race the boat occasionally and cruise it most of the time and with a boat like that...I guess that I would cruise to far away places
Of course, all good things come with a price and the one for this baby is substantially bigger that the one for the Pogo.