Twice the Fun… Half the Fuel, All the Comfort,
With IPS Joystick Docking
The primary design goal for the 40z was to create a 40 foot powerboat that would handle like a 30-footer at idle speeds in tricky docking situations. The new Volvo-Penta IPS or Cummins Mercruiser AXIUS joystick control technology makes this goal a reality. The IPS system works with twin pod drives under the hull and the Cummins with twin sterndrives. When conventional twin-engine controls are in neutral, a single joystick takes over with fingertip control. There are no thrusters. Through a unique computer program, each drive unit is independently operated in terms of direction, rpm and forward-reverse gear. This new system works far more intuitively than conventional twin shaft drives or joystick/thruster operated jet drives.
Computerized Joystick Control
The primary design goal for the 40z was to create a 40 footer that can be handled alone like a 29 footer at idle speeds and in tricky docking situations. The Volvo-Penta IPS works with the twin pod drives under the hull or with twin sterndrives. When conventional twin-engine controls are in neutral, a single IPS joystick takes over with fingertip control, There are no thrusters. Through a unique computer program, each drive unit is independently operated in terms of directions, RPM and forward/reverse gears. This new system works far more intuitively than conventional twin shaft drives or joystick/thruster operated jet drives. The 40z is also equipped with Volvo-Penta DPS, directional positioning system which automatically holds the boat in GPS position and current heading. (DPS not available with sterndrive systems).
Social Deck Layout
This is the ”fresh-air”, fush-deck seating for as many as 15 at cocktail time or on a family picnic. When underway, 8 can sit comfortably enclosed under the hardtop in any weather with panoramic visibility. Stidd piloting seats swivel and drop down on adjustable pedestals to create the ambiance of a living room. With roll-up side/aft curtains and fully opening windshields, airfow on the bridgedeck can be regulated to suit conditions. On cold or rainy days, drop the curtains and turn on the heater. Or, if sultry and hot, turn on the air- conditioning. The design offers a choice of both worlds: the protection of an enclosed cabin or the open-air feel of a fybridge… but, without having to climb ladders and split up the party.
40z is perhaps the most welcoming yacht of its size, thanks to its unique side-opening doors (P&S) at dock level, as well as a transom door. Getting aboard boats doesn’t get any easier as we grow older, particularly if carrying packages or assisting small children. These doors eliminate the risks associated with jumping down several feet from the deck onto a dock to handle lines when berthing the boat. They are at the perfect height for getting aboard from an infatable. This innovation is long overdue.
-Side-opening doors (P&S) overcome a common problem, getting aboard or getting off when handling docklines.
- Single-level seating for as many as 15 at cocktail time or for a family picnic
- Roll-up side/aft curtains and fully-opening windshields to regulate airflow in the pilothouse to suit conditions.
- Large (60×78) island berth and separate shower in owner stateroom.
- Two convertible guest cabins, one with dinette option.
- 40z can be trucked overland without penalty. Width doesn’t exceed 12 feet and height on a trailer is less than 13.5 feet.
How Fuel Efficient?
21 gallons per hour at 25 knots, or 1.2 nautical miles per gallon with optional twin 370 hp Volvo D6 diesels and IPS DuoProp 500 drives. By way of comparison: Power & Motor Yacht Magazine boat tests show the Sea Ray Sundancer 40 consumes 29 gph (.86 nmpg) at that speed, while a Cabo 40 or East Bay 45 consumes 37 gph (.68 nmpg). At $3/gal, that’s $1,110 on a 10-hour trip instead of the 40z’s $630. Close to home, you’ll average 4-6 gallons per hour on fill-up… just $15 per hour of general use. That’s quite remarkable for a powerboat of this size. The 40z carries 350 US Gallons of fuel.
- Twin Cummins 320-350 hp or Volvo-Penta 300-370 hp diesels.
- Epoxy unidirectional tri-axial kevlar and S-glass hull and deck
- Joystick docking control with AXIUS or IPS systems.
- 35 knots top speed
- Best fuel mileage- environmentally friendly 1.2-1.5 NMPG
- Convertible 3-stateroom sleeping for 6