The new Oceanis 40.1 was designed by Marc Lombard and has the interior and deck design and styling by Nauta Design. The brief for the new boat was to create huge and open living spaces on deck and down below in a cruising boat that sails very well. The brief also required the designers to come up with a way to make the new 40.1 one of the most versatile new models on the market so it will appeal to a wide spectrum of sailboat owners from dyed-in-the-wool racers to cruising families with several children.
The most pronounced design feature that Lombard incorporated to achieve that magic mix of sailing performance with spacious interior volume is the hard chines that run all the way from the bow to the stern. These are not subtle chines; they dominate the boat’s look. The chines add a lot of interior volume. At the same time, they add to the hull’s initial stability and will help to keep the boat sailing very upright even when hard on the wind. And upright sailing is good since it is faster, puts less stress on the rig and steering system, and it makes the crew’s life much more enjoyable. Read More