Windflower, described by her owner is "a stout offshore boat capable of 25 + knots of wind under jib staysail and full main. She has competed in 3 Marion to Bermuda races and a trip to Nova Scotia."
Initial description that comes to mind when you first see this boat is " a powerful, awesome, capable, vessel ready for adventure.
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Tad Morse 508-243-8226
(BLUE WATER 40, BUZZARDS BAY 40)
Comments of the designer Jerry Cartwright
This moderately heavy displacement cruising cutter is designed solely with the long-distance
cruising in mind. It will furnish comfortable and practical accommodation on extended
passages as well as offering an open and sensible arrangement that will wear well for long
period at anchor or tied up alongside. No sacrifices have been made to squeeze in extra
beam and accommodation at the expense of sailing performance and balance. Emphasis
has been placed on uncomplicated fittings and provenconcepts.
The low profile reduces windage and the flush deck increases strength, gives a good working
platform and increases volume below. All bulkheads and shelving are heavily bonded to the
hull and deck with no interior liners used. The chainplates connect to a massive ribbing
structure that ties the deck to the floors. The hull/deck join is married to the deck with a wide
flexible bond, then chemically bonded with FRP lay-up angles at the hull and deck join, then
mechanically fastened (very important) via a rigid aluminum extrusion and metal backing pad
using 3/8" bolts on five-inch centers. Lead ballast is heavily encapsulated and additionally
secured with transverse floors which, with the ribs and deck beams, form a complete web in
the way of the mast. Hull and deck lay-up is well in excess of Lloyd's specifications with a
high woven roving content in the hand-laid lay-up. A good ballast ratio helps keep her stiff
which is very important on a short-handed cruising boat. Firm bilges also contribute here as
well as in downwind performance. A cruising boat should track well in the trades and in full
storm conditions inherent good balance downwind is imperative. High wetted surface is more
a product of excessive beam than a moderate lateral plane and this vessel has a surprising
low wetted surface area and a high sail/wetted surface ratio of 2.29. Furthermore, nearly
1450 ft2 of fore and aft sail can be cracked on and light air performance will be a strong point.
The rig is aerodynamically clean and extremely efficient and easily handled. All standing
rigging and fittings are over strength with the mast through-stepped to a heavy FRP floor
over the keel which spreads the loading to the hull sides well as the keel. The fully battened
mainsail gives an additional 35ft2 of uncounted sail area. A battenless mainsail plan is also
running backstays (which will seldom be used) set far enough forward so that they need not
be released when coming about. An extra headstay can be fitted forward which aids in sail
changing and allows twin running sails to be set. Or roller furling can be fitted with a safety
stay forward. The forward lower shroud is set well inboard to allow the efficient use of a
genoa staysail. The sail plan is basically worked from the cockpit.
The 6'5" cockpit is reasonably small and deep for maximum protection from the weather and
is located well aft to increase living accommodation. The usable space below in this boat will
compare with many larger boats of additional beam. The hinged tiller provides extra cockpit
room in harbor and permits an efficient pendulum vane-tiller connection. A steering wheel is
easily fitted if preferred. The engine, packing gland, wiring and all through-hull fittings are
The separate propeller aperture provides a more efficient hydrodynamic flow and allows a
stronger, less complicated rudder. The prop is removable anytime and the tail shaft can be
either joined with a coupling or shipped through a temporarily unplugged hole in the aft
connection are built massively strong. Steering failures won't be a problem in this boat.
The boat is designed to allow the over-strength fittings and extra weight necessary on a long-
distance cruiser and has been a model tested for maximum hull and sail balance. The
displacement figure is an honest one and includes the loading necessary for extended
cruising and living aboard. There is no use designing a 20,000 lbs. boat with the subsequent
savings in fiberglass and fittings, so it will soon be below its marks and displacing 23,500 lbs.
anyway, with an inevitable loss in performance. All systems have been designed for
simplicity and though not spartan, the boat is not laid out for masses of electrical gear. The
interior is bright and spacious with effective ventilation. Economy as well as cruising
practicality has been kept in mind. The engine is located for maximum ease of maintenance
and convenient repair. The housing offers a very attractive cutting and sink surface and
increases the practical size of the galley plus giving a good brace to the cook in heavy
The head/shower, chart table, galley, and hanging locker are all large and accessible. And
there is a great deal of space for entertaining below decks in harbor. The passenger and
quarter berths give considerable extra seating. Both berths are very convenient in a seaway
and the chart table area is very roomy and gives a remarkable amount of flat chart and
instrument stowage. The saloon table is built to take the weight of the heaviest crew
member and the forward berth can be extended to form a double berth in harbor, or two
singles can be fitted.
Tankage is low in the hull for additional stability and allows extra stowage space. Provision
is made for the stowage of four anchors and 40 fathoms or more of 3/8" chain. The
stemhead fitting is extremely rugged with two large rollers, a keeper fitting, a nylon spring line
to the anchor chain, and a chain stopper if the windlass is not used. The forward anchor
compartment and lazarette are airtight to the interior forming two crash bulkheads at either
end of the boat and giving safe stowage to volatile fuel aft. A simple watertight door can be
fitted between the saloon and head area.
Basic cruising requirements that have been kept in mind throughout the design stages are
safety in heavy weather, over-strength construction and fittings, simplicity and low
maintenance, an efficient sail plan that can be handled by a short or single-handed crew in all
weathers, and comfortable living at sea and in harbor for long periods of time as mentioned
comparable sized cruising vessel on the market today, anywhere.
Certain components and concepts on this boat won't be cheap and a skipper more interested
in a coastal cruiser or week-end sailing would be better advised to either omit some of the
fittings and gear or buy another boat. The battened mainsail is an additional expense. The
over strength rigging will be an extra. Lead ballast is more expensive and the heavier lay-up
in the hull and deck must be added to the final price.
The deck gear is also top quality and extensive. But future maintenance problems will be less,
and the boat is designed to sail with a minimum of extra electrical gear aboard although it
can be added if a buyer feels it necessary.
There is great structural strength in the design and in the lay-up and attachment, and
confidence in all weathers is a hard commodity to put a price tag on. The stem can be cored
with syntactic foam to give added impact resistance in that vulnerable area, if desired. The
rig is designed to sail well with a minimum inventory although a buyer will want to add some
additional sails to the working rig. Other extras and necessities that may be added include a
boom gallows, a cockpit table, whisker poles, 110VAC capabilities for harbor use, various
electronic and navigational gear, safety equipment, ground tackle, personal gear, and a self-
The design of the boat began with the assumption that it must steer well with vane gear but
in case of gear failure the boat will sail adequately with a staysail sheeting arrangement to the
helm and the running jibs off the headstays can be led to the tiller (or wheel, if fitted with a
boss). The large genoa and large yankee are designed as running sails as well. The interior
will be easily maintained, and the fittings should last the life of the boat. Where necessary.
there has been no compromise with quality or the sea.
LOA 40’ 0”
LWL 30’ 9”
BEAM 11’ 3”
DRAFT 5’ 10”
DISPLACEMENT 23,500 Lbs
BALLAST (44%) 10,500 lbs
Hull Material: Airex core or alternating layers of mat and roving with
long stringers and transverse boxes
Deck Material: Fiberglass, Balsa and plywood cored with deck beams
Lay-up: 7/16" at topsides tapering to over 1" in the keel.
Standing Rigging: 3/8" SS 1x19 wire
5/8" toggles and turnbuckles
Running Rig: Dacron, wire/braided rope splice
SAIL AREA 829 ft2
(working) +35 ft2
WATER 120 gal.
FUEL 90 gal.
POWER 37 hp. (Westerbeke 40)
""'SAILPLAN and STARBOARD PROFILE. q/
displacement ratio (44%), coupled with a high sail area wetted surface ratio of 2.29,
the boat moves well in light airs and the sailplan is designed to be handled by one
person in heavy airs.
simpler rudder possible. Fittings are all over strength in this crucial area.
Rudder is of very efficient design.
over the hatch hood. Traveler can also be located on bridge deck or mainsheet can
be doubled or double-ended through block assembly which serves as traveler.
easier, furnishes a strong mooring fitting, and a place to brace against when taking a
celestial sights at sea.
drop boards and an opening door give access to the companionway, allowing
easy movement or maximum security.
doghouse are 3/8" lexan fitted externally and through bolted. They are extremely
strong and will resist a full knockdown or capsize withoutshutters.
incorporated for extra light.
insulated or lashed to the pulpit with nylon to break the loop improving RDF
centers giving great rigidity and a very strong join. This is backed up with Thiokol
sealant (3M 5200) and additional FRP bonding angles. It won't leak and can't
to lead the jib halyards (2) to the mast.
inch vents aft lead to the engine and the bilge. There is an venturi type vent over the
head and the opening hatches give superior ventilation in harbor.
great strength in way of the mast. They are also located to give and efficient sheet
lead for theheadsails.
This is made completely on-skid or 1/4" teak planking can be set into Thiokol giving
a striking appearance.
with heavy backing pads. All deckfittings through-bolted.
bulkhead relieving deck stress. A tension rod is also fitted alongside the mast
(through stepped) and bolted to floor and through mast partner to keep hull and deck
rigid in way of the mast.
welded across the forward pulpit for a seat when working on sails.
capture anchor chain in a surge, a chain stopper, provisions for two headsails or one
headstay and furling gear and extending far enough forward to cat a CQR.
lightweight ghosted and gives and extra safety factor should the furling gear carry.
sails and reefing is easily done. Large genoa also has reefing points for conversion
into a running sail.
running sails can also be hanked on using existing sails (large genny and large
there is no problem in handling two sets of sheets and inshore either the staysail can
be dropped and stay detached, or the headsail can be dropped with the boat sailing
with a 3/4's rig.
mainsail and staysail halyards led to the cockpit the boat can be handled easily in
no trips aloft at sea. Halyards can be led internally (recommended) or externally.
dacron topping lift, it can serve as an emergency main halyard. All tangs and sheaves
are oversized. The boat is stiff enough to stand a bit of extra and valuable weight aloft.
The fatigue factor is often not taken into account in yacht design, especially on
cruising boats. A large strength margin is necessary for the long life of the equipment.
with a reef tucked in reducing the area by 75 ft2
. When the squall hits, either the
yankee or the staysail can bequickly dropped.
(3/8" 1x19 SS). The rig calculates for for 5/16 wire. Experienced cruising crews
will appreciate the difference.
trouble lies in the design. If they are set far enough forward (with the staysail set high
on the mast this is possible), the boat can be tacked close-hauled without their release
each time. When released, a simple fitting pulls them quickly forward from the cockpit
and out of the way. They give a great deal of extra strength to the mast when needed,
although under most conditions they won't beused.
heavy air it is easily reefed and can set to spill the air more effectively maintaining
drive but decreasing heeling moment. It can be reefed right down to an effective
stormsail, saving the need for a trysail, although the use of this sail in high latitudes
can increase the life of the main. A battenless mainsail plan is also available.
will seldom be used on a short-handed cruising boat.
cringles are either secured with a boom hook or a snap shackle.
found the pendulum vanes to be much superior for all-around conditions. Whether
you build or buy one the stern must be designed to take them with no interference
from the rig.
efficient and designed to give a good average day run in all conditions and directions
with a minimum of effort. The boat is designed so all vents can be closed off. It can
survive a 360-degree knockdown and capsize.