The 40DS the first Hardy designed under ownership of Windboats

This is the first new design from Hardy since the takeover by Windboats and it seems it wants to put a bit of a marker down. Looks great, doesn’t it? Clearly a Hardy but with a modern twist – nothing to scare the Hardy faithful but enough to stir the souls of those who may have passed over the brand for being too traditional.

The hull is an Andrew Wolstenholme design based on the Commodore 42. It’s very much a case of if it ain’t broke don’t fix it because there are few boats on the market that can keep up with the 42’s sea keeping.

There are some tweaks; the transom has been brought forward and there is now a built-in bathing platform.

The deck saloon includes a large dinette and galley opposite and below decks there is a double cabin forward and two singles amidships with both cabins sharing a bathroom.

If you’re a cruising couple that want one large cabin with the galley below, though, that’s perfectly possible – almost anything is. There’s even the possibilty to opt for a flybridge version if you would prefer it.

There are single and twin engine options available with the maximum twin 440hp CATs powering the 40DS to a predicted 28 knots.

Stats
Length
42ft (12.8m)
Beam
14ft 1in (4.3m)
Engines
Single or twin diesel up to twin 440hp
Top
speed 28 knots (twin 440hp)

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