Outwardly, the Pacific Seacraft 40 closely resembles its larger and smaller sisters, but in fact each model in the line incorporates modification to the shape and refinements aimed mostly at improved performance and safety.
The 40 retains the general form of split underbody with ventral fin between keel and large skeg. As before the primary aim throughout is ease of control by a small crew in bad conditions. My own belief is that one should not travel only to arrive: the passage itself should be relaxing and fun. We formed the underbody for this purpose, and we have had numerous reports from other boats in the line of surfing down waves in heavy weather at speed/length ratios of over 2 with easy control.
I also believe that speed on passage is quite different from speed round the buoys, and that a small crew should be able to sail an offshore cruiser to it's full potential without exhaustion.
The beautifully handcrafted interior approaches ergonomic perfection. The G-shaped galley supports the cook without having to rely on straps and provides sufficient space to stand clear of any overturning pots. The salon, while feeling open, provides overhead rails and handholds, all within easy reach of each other, to provide security while moving about in a seaway. In fact, every space, from the chart table to the head and separate shower is designed to provide ample space while keeping crew safely contained.