Reporting from the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, Alex Smith attends the world launch of the T-Top-equipped Windy 40 Camira RS
The old Windy 39 Camira was launched in 2014 and enjoyed a successful seven-year production run during which 55 examples were built, but only ever as an open boat with diesel sterndrive power.
The Windy 40 Camira RS is a much bigger step up from the 39 than you might think. While the styling of the new T-Top got a mixed reception at the launch event, there’s no doubting the practicality of the elevated storage rack or the large retractable fabric sunroof.
It’s also good to see that the new helm station uses a push-button step that enables you to drive with your head out of the sunroof and a lifting throttle shelf to keep your standing drive comfortable.
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Elsewhere, a shorter cushion-topped wet bar improves the flow of traffic at the aft end while providing a raised seat so you can face your friends at the starboard dinette. Down below, an extra 90mm of headroom is a major upgrade and so is the flexibility of the convertible forward lounge and the enlarged port galley.
You can spec this boat with three cabins rather than just two and it’s also available as an SX variant, with twin 425 XTOs or triple F300 V8s. But in all cases, this is about as close to an all-new boat as a modified model gets.
Windy 40 Camira RS specifications
LOA: 41ft 2in (12.55m)
Beam: 12ft 1in (3.69m)
Engines: inboard/outboard from 800-900hp
Top speed: 46 knots
Price: from £643,811 ex VAT