Island Spirit 40

The Island Spirit 40, designed and built in South Africa, has many of the characteristics people look for in an offshore boat: solid construction, simple, robust, and accessible systems, safe and efficient sailhandling gear, a roomy interior, a manageable price, and good sailing performance.On deck we liked the mainsheet/traveler system and the good visibility over the coachroof from the
Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Island Spirit 40, designed and built in South Africa, has many of the characteristics people look for in an offshore boat: solid construction, simple, robust, and accessible systems, safe and efficient sailhandling gear, a roomy interior, a manageable price, and good sailing performance.

IslSpir2

On deck we liked the mainsheet/traveler system and the good visibility over the coachroof from the helm station. Some cats have the traveler up on an arch over the cockpit, but the Island Spirit's traveler runs across the coachroof, close at hand for the helmsman. The sidedecks are wide and easy to navigate, the deck hardware is high quality, and the elongated transoms make it easy to climb aboard. The cockpit is comfortable, and stowage is excellent.

The interior is finished with a coat of white Awlgrip (there is no hull liner), and the plastic laminate teak-and-holly sole will be durable and easy to maintain; varnished cherry accents provide just the right amount of color and warmth. The cabins received good ratings for comfort, stowage space, headroom, and ventilation. We liked the stand-up nav station, which has a large chart table and ample room to mount electronics, but thought it would benefit from a proper nav seat. We also liked the beefy electrical system, which was designed with the demands of offshore passagemaking in mind.

Like the rest of the boat, sailing performance was solid. Even with 10 people aboard, we logged decent speeds, had no trouble carrying speed through a tack, and sailhandling was trouble free. We had light winds for our test, but its good to know that every Island Spirit is delivered on its own bottom from Cape Town and thus undergoes a rigorous sea trial. Our verdict is simple: The Island Spirit 40 is an attractive, comfortable offshore cruiser that just happens to have two hulls.

Specifications

Price: $262,045 (base, FOB Annapolis, MD) includes Quantum full-batten main and radial genoa, aluminum rig, Andersen winches, 12-volt refrigerator/freezer, Autohelm ST5000 autopilot, Autohelm ST50 wind, depth, speed instruments, CD player, waterproof speakers, ground tackle and windlass, safety gear, delivery, and commissioning.

U.S. agent: Trade Wind Yachts, Gloucester, VA; tel. 804-694-0881, www.tradewindyachts.com Construction: Hulls and deck are built of hand-laid fiberglass vacuum-bagged over a balsa core.

LOA 39'9"

LWL 38'6"

Beam 22'1"

Draft 3'

Displacement 15,212 lbs

Sail area (100% foretriangle) 893 sq ft

Power 27-hp Yanmar (2)

Fuel/water/waste 80/200/45 gal

Displ.-length ratio 119

Sail area-displ. ratio 23

Related

Untitled-1

ASA Presents Webinars with Peter Isler

Social distancing keeping you away from the boat? The ASA is here to help, announcing three webinars for improving your sailing without leaving home. They will be hosted by Emmy-winning sailing broadcaster and ASA co-founder Peter Isler. The webinars will cover topics such as ...read more

ASA-2048

Get out and Sail: Virtually

Just because you’re stuck at home self-quarantining, that’s no reason you can’t still hone your skills or teach someone else you know about boathandling with the American Sailing Association’s online Sailing Challenge game. Created in cooperation with Nolan Bushnell, a longtime ...read more

200324-VirtualSailing-2048

Time to Try Virtual Sailboat Racing?

Stuck at home self-quarantining? How about giving on-line sailboat racing a try? Begun in 2010 and now working in partnership with sailing’s international governing body, World Sailing, Virtual Regatta has long allowed fans to take an active part in everything from the Vendée ...read more

2003-ICW

How Risky is the ICW with Covid-19?

Being a cruising sailor, one is already practicing a kind of social distancing. But coastal cruisers, and those transiting the Intracoastal Waterway, in particular, still have to return to land for re-provisioning and things like water, fuel, and pump-outs. When you dock in a ...read more

05-Q&A-190826-11HRT-AMO-team-announcement-113

A Chat with Charlie Enright

Rhode Island native Charlie Enright, 35, has competed in not one but two Volvo Ocean Races (VOR), with Team Alvimedica in 2014-15 and Vestas 11th Hour Racing 2017-18. More recently, Enright and 11th Hour Racing have announced they plan to compete in The Ocean Race, the successor ...read more

06-Smoke-on-the-waterways,-SC

Cruising: a Long Haul North

There are many mantras experienced cruisers like to pass on to those less experienced. First and foremost among these is: “Never sail to a schedule.” After that comes: “Choose your weather window carefully.” Unfortunately, this past spring, my husband, Brian, and I violated both ...read more

The-Solent's-rough-seas-and-harsh-weahter-teach-valuable-skills-for-any-serious-sailor-(by-Eric-Vohr)

How to Become a Yacht Master

Learning to sail is an organic process. Often we’re introduced to the sport by a family member or good friend who loves sailing and wants to share their passion. As such, one learns in bits and pieces. The problem is you can end up with lots of missing bits, and thus many ...read more

IMG_2012

Experience: Threading the Needle in a Thick Fog

It was a dark night, utterly black. Any light was blanketed by the fog. My chartplotter was night-blinding me. I looked at the Navionics map on my phone, waited half a second for my eyes to adjust and then looked at the depthsounder. After that, I looked ahead to where Laura was ...read more