Just returned this morning from doing a delivery of a brand new Beneteau 40 from the Newport boat show to Huntington NY. The delivery was organized by Hank from Offshore Passage Opportunities. We left the dock in Newport around 2pm and set sail after motoring out of the harbor. We sailed through the night and arrived in Huntington Harbor around 5am, relaxed for about an hour until the local diner opened for breakfast and got a few cups of fresh hot coffee.
Winds were blowing out of the north west ranging between 15 and 20 knots early on before dying down to about 12 knots throughout the night.
Boat was very nice, configured for easy handling with nearly everything ran back to the cockpit, but I was overall rather displeased with the boat’s performance and handling. With the winds blowing 18 gusting 21kts on a near reach we were triple reefed on the main and double reefed on the 130% Genoa, heeled over in excess of 20 degrees, and only able to do about 6kts through the water. My overall impression of the boat was that it needed a significant increase in keel ballast as she was far too tender, especially for a 40ft boat.