The SM40 was created by legendary Swedish designer Pelle Petterson, who designed and helmed Sweden’s Sverige challengers for the America’s Cup in 1977 and 1980.
Petterson’s brief was to create a yacht that would be inexpensive to build and maintain, easily commissioned and decommissioned, is transportable in standard 40-foot containers, and provides enough performance to be interesting to spectators and sailors alike.
The new design bears a striking resemblance to an America’s Cup Class sloop. It is slab-sided, narrow and has a large sail plan. The cockpit is wide open and runs nearly half the length of the boat. Besides the halyards, many control lines are also led to the pit area. The fractionally rigged sloop carries masthead spinnakers downwind, and requires a crew of five (including the helmsman).
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