Review of Hunter 40

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Hunter 40 is a large sailboat designed by the maritime architect Cortland Steck in the mid eighties. The Hunter 40 is built by the American yard Hunter Marine.

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The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season.


The Hunter 40 has been built with more than one type of keel.

One option is a fin keel. The fin keel is the most common keel and provides splendid manoeuvrability. The downside is that it has less directional stability than a long keel.

The boat can enter most marinas as the draft is just about 1.52 - 1.62 meter (4.99 - 5.29 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.


The boat is typically equipped with an inboard Yanmar diesel engine.

The fuel tank has a capacity of 151.0 liters (39 US gallons, 33 imperial gallons).

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Stability and Safety

What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?

The capsize screening value for Hunter 40 is 2.07, indicating that this boat would not be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed

What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?

The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 7.6 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.

Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Hunter 40 is about 271 kg/cm, alternatively 1520 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 271 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 1520 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Hunter 40 is 2.95.

Slim Wide 82% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 82% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a significantly more spacy hull design.

Ballast Ratio

What is a Ballast Ratio?

The ballast ratio for Hunter 40 is 33%.

Low High 18% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 18% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) significantly below average.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Hunter 40 is 226 which categorizes this boat among 'light crusers & offshore racers'.

Heavy Light 62% 0 50 100
62% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. A light displacement requires less sailarea and has higher accellerations.

SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)

What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?

The SA/D for Hunter 40 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 18.7, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 22.5.

Low High 66% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 66% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.

Over- / underrigged

Low High 100% 0 50 100
The Hunter 40 has more rig than 100% of all similar sailboats, which indicates that the boat is significantly overrigged.


Bottom Paint

When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy. The surface of the wet bottom is about 42m2 (452 ft2).
Based on this, your favourite maritime shop can tell you the quantity you need.

Note: If you use a paint roller you will need more paint than if you use a paintbrush.


Dimensions of sail.

mainsail specifications headsail specifications

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If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

Guiding dimensions of running rig
Mainsail halyard 37.9 m(124.3 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard37.9 m(124.3 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Spinnaker halyard37.9 m(124.3 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Jib sheet 12.1 m(39.6 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Genoa sheet12.1 m(39.6 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Mainsheet 30.2 m(98.9 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Spinnaker sheet26.5 m(87.0 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Cunningham4.2 m(13.7 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Kickingstrap8.4 m(27.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Clew-outhaul8.4 m(27.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)

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