Van Dutch 40

Read our review of the VanDutch 40 and watch footage from our boat test online

The VanDutch 40 is a stylish, glamorous day boat with overnight

accommodation. It sports beautifully executed, pared down styling that always

draws the attention of sightseers wandering along the waterfront. Unusually, it

can be ordered in any colour you choose (courtesy of its tough Awlgrip paint

job) so there’s an opportunity to imbue your personal boat with real character.

Despite its cool looks, it is far from impractical. The highlight

is the workings of its elongated cockpit, which incorporates a remarkable

amount of storage under the deck and the main seating area, certainly plenty

for the bulky trio of liferaft, tender and outboard. The superb engineroom is a

first rate installation: highly accessible, thoughtfully arranged and expertly

installed, and packed with the practical detailing we’ve come to expect from

Dutch boatbuilders.

Rather like many of its exotic automotive brethren, it also has a

strongly defined character with marked pros and cons to ponder. It’s crazy

money, but then how many boatbuilders do you know of who dispense with the

usual annoying extras list and instead simply offer a phenomenally

comprehensive standard specification. Is it worth the money? That’s a bit like

asking ‘is a Lamborghini Aventador worth a quarter of a million quid? It’s

probably not the right question.

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Top Speed: 30 knots
Cabins: 1
Fuel Capacity: 600 L
Beam: 11ft (3.38m)
Water Capacity: 115 L
Air Draught: 0.82m
Length Overall: 39ft 2in (12.08m)
Engines: 2 x 480 Yanmar

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