Delphia 40

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


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Like its little sister, the Delphia 40 packs a lot of value in a hull and rig designed for cruisers who want better than average sailing qualities. Yet the design for the 40 also has added a lot of volume to the interior, which opens up the living spaces and leaves room for a lot of storage. If the 37 is an excellent coastal and near-offshore cruiser with a performance edge, the 40 is a passagemaker that has been designed and built to stand up to the rigors of the notorious North Sea.

With a nearly 13- foot beam, the hull has a lot of initial stability and will not need to be reefed too early. At 18,000 pounds dis- placement and with a 35-percent ballast-to- displacement ratio, the boat should have an easy motion in a seaway and will be stiff when heading to windward. Like many fractional-rig boats, the 40 will be happiest with one reef in the main before you start to roll up the jib.

The deck layout is simple and efficient. With swept-back spreaders, double lower shrouds are unnecessary, which opens up the side decks. The dodger stows away neatly in a deck recess so that it is out of the way when not being used. The cockpit is large and has ample stowage. The stern platform has a wide enough area to really stand after a swim or when getting into the dinghy.

Down below the builders are offering a new interior layout this year that will appeal to offshore sailors. A large master cabin has been added aft and the aft head enlarged. The port aft cabin has been eliminated, which creates a lot more storage in the cockpit locker. Instead of an in-line galley, the new layout features an L-shaped galley that will work well at sea. And a new U-shaped dinette has been incorporated into the saloon Lined in light mahogany and finished to a high degree, the interior, which also has large overhea skylights, is open and airy.

For a couple looking for a boat on which to venture far and wide, the Delphia 40, particularly with the new cabin arrangement, is an attractive option.

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