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As with all Hanses, the self-tacking jib helps define the boat’s character. Social sailors who may be put off by the busy-ness of tacking headsails will be astounded by the way this boat handles under sail.
You board via the large duckboard into the 17.7sqm cockpit. This is a massive entertaining space that would make an inner-city apartment-owner jealous.
Maybe you can’t make a family cabin boat drop-dead-gorgeous, but this is definitely a nice looking boat.
The Fjord 40 has great on-water presence. This boat was moored side-on, so that as we approached we could see a large plane of metallic-finished fibreglass, which dominated the seascape.
A boat like this is quite suited to offshore fishing, which typically involves running some distance across open water.