Join Date: Jan 2011
Thanked 16 Times in 16 Posts
Rep Power: 5
We had several Hunters over the years working our way up thru sizes and stumbled on cs thru an older member of our club. He was in his 80's and I used to help him rig his cs36. We were inbetween boats one summer many years ago and I asked him if we could take his boat on cruise. He said yes and had fun helping get the boat ready. It had been years since he went anywhere on the boat. I developed a close relationship w/ him and used the boat for two more seasons. He told me once he would own a boat til the day he died. One spring he called me and asked if I would like to buy the boat. I said "sure but I thought you never wanted to sell". He said" My hips hurt and I can't get on and off the boat any more. You should have it." He died within a week of the closing.
We enjoyed the 36 for several years but realized w/ our plans of living aboard in the summer and some extended cruising we wanted a bigger boat.
We looked at the boat shows for a couple of years and realized pretty quickly to get the quality we were used to w/ cs the choices were very limited and very expensive. The path was clear, we just had to find the right boat.
We have been very pleased w/ the 40. In the past, If we were traveling we would motor til the wind was above 10 w/ the 36 and that was slow. Now in 8 kts of breeze we can do 5-6. That speed was our powered up speed on the 36. In the wind range we used to look for, 12 -15, we sail at mid 7's to mid 8's. W/ the asymetrical up last fall we saw consistant 10's in 15+ kts of breeze. At that speed we cover a lot of ground very quickly.
The boat is very sensitive to the helm which as far as I'm concerned as a retired racer is a lot of fun. Definatly not the boat for someone that wants to put their feet up.
The huge wing keel keeps the boat very flat making the ride very comfortable for everyone.
A helpful addition will be a bow thruster. In windy conditions the bow is a little hard to controll. It's on the wish list. Looking at the Exturn
S/V Deja Vu
Last edited by jimrafford; 12-11-2011 at 06:42 PM.