Designed by W.I.B. Crealock, the Pacific Seacraft 40, is the evolution of the 31,34,37, and the 44.
A deck layout which features a centerline king plank for footing, an extended bow platform for anchors, and a windlass boss, double spreader keel stepped mast, a solid boom-vang, lines led aft to the cockpit, a molded in sheer-water for dodger attachment, mid-boom sheeting on the main, tall stanchions and lifelines for safety, 8 large mooring cleats, and bulwarks for footing and safety.
On the interior, you have two separate staterooms, an enclosed head with separate shower stall, a large salon and a gourmet galley, and a large Navigation Station with electronics mounting panels forward and outboard.
The engine room has excellent access from the cockpit and aft of the companionway ladder.
The PS-40s highly successful underbody design has a long chord fin with external lead ballast that also acts as a grounding shoe and a heavily constructed full skeg to protect the rudder. The design is unique because the prop is in an aperture within the skeg so there is no exposed shaft or strut left vulnerable to logs or shipping containers.
The forefoot is moderately deep so that the 40 sails comfortably to weather without pounding. The 40's powerful performance on and off the wind produces average speeds of 7 to 8 knots plus consistently, which equates to increased daily mileage for swift passages. The shrouds are located well inboard for tight sheeting angles and close winded ability. The double spreader, cutter rig is well suited for offshore work and balances readily even as the anemometer climbs upward.
The Pacific Seacraft 40 is a well thought out offshore cruising yacht that can take you anywhere in the world you would like to go, provided you have water under the keel to get you there. It is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing and graceful yachts on the water.
Price shown is base price. Made in the USA
Outwardly, the Pacific Seacraft 40 closely resembles its larger and smaller sisters, but in fact each model in the line incorporates modification to the shape and refinements aimed mostly at improved performance and safety.
The 40 retains the general form of split underbody with ventral fin between keel and large skeg. As before the primary aim throughout is ease of control by a small crew in bad conditions. My own belief is that one should not travel only to arrive: the passage itself should be relaxing and fun. We formed the underbody for this purpose, and we have had numerous reports from other boats in the line of surfing down waves in heavy weather at speed/length ratios of over 2 with easy control.
I also believe that speed on passage is quite different from speed round the buoys, and that a small crew should be able to sail an offshore cruiser to it's full potential without exhaustion.
The beautifully handcrafted interior approaches ergonomic perfection. The G-shaped galley supports the cook without having to rely on straps and provides sufficient space to stand clear of any overturning pots. The salon, while feeling open, provides overhead rails and handholds, all within easy reach of each other, to provide security while moving about in a seaway. In fact, every space, from the chart table to the head and separate shower is designed to provide ample space while keeping crew safely contained.