There is little to improve upon when looking at the 40, but having spent many years on board, Ted Fontaine wanted to create a new yacht that was better suited for extended coastal cruising, without jumping up to a full multi cabin cruising yacht. He asked for additional input from current 40 owners as to what, if anything, they would change or improve about their current yacht.
The first and most complimentary conclusion from Ted’s survey was that there was not one requested change or improvement to the cockpit, sailing systems or deck arrangement. Hence, the new 48 will retain the Friendship-defining spacious and ergonomic cockpit. Sail handling remains state of the art and designed for single handed operation with all controls led to the helmsman’s position behind the wheel. The main sheet is controlled by two foot buttons positioned at the helmsman’s feet, with the sheet led aft of the helm seat, under the deck and out of the way. The 110% genoa sheets are led to electric winches on either side of the wheel, with foot buttons on both sides for effortless furling from either side of the boat. The walk-around cockpit table houses the hinge-out Garmin 5200 touch screen GPS/Radar and Simrad auto pilot control, as well as an insulated, drained storage for cold drinks. Custom stainless steel, flush mounted drink holders and sheet bins keep the cockpit tidy and clutter-free.
Below decks is where the major changes from the 40 have been made. These include a larger sea-going galley featuring more counter space, a front loading fridge, gimbaled three burner stove/oven, built in microwave oven