PRICED TO SELL - ENGINES $100,000 Engine overhaul completed.
Not many years ago Aussies were cautious about radical styling and steered clear of dayboats. Everyone wanted to believe they would liveaboard for weeks at a time. But we never do, so the fact that demand for large, open day boats represents a major shift in popular opinion. This open boat can handle a crowd with its huge beam and open decks, vast rear cockpit, sunbed forwards, and massive swim platform. A crowd of 20 is a breeze and a lot of fun!
The epoxy hull has a simple deep-vee bottom but the entry is quite fine so the extended bow produces that menacing, coming-at-you look, with the knuckle clear of the water, as on so
many modern yachts. The high freeboard means you can have mid-thigh-height gunwales to keep you on board. Down below is a double bed plus a single, and a bathroom. The galley is on deck, immediately aft of the helm seats. If you're worried about sunburn, you can rig a bimini between the trailing edge of the roof and poles set up in the stern. The table and seat at the stern deck lifts up on power struts to reveal the engine room. You can climb down into this area to communicate with the machinery. At the heart of this Fjord are the twin Volvo Penta IPS power units. The IPS600's fitted to this weapon are 435hp, 5.5L straight sixes. The IPS refers to the Volvo drive system, the electronically-controlled drives with forward-facing props which allows for 360-degree thrust, and enable you to drive the boat sideways, or at any angle you like. Volvo says the 600 refers to the fact that the IPS is so efficient this engine is the equal to a 600HP with conventional shaft drive
The Fjord has terrific detailing. The chunky fairleads drop down into the gunwale after you press four little buttons at the base of each cleat, leaving the gunwale line clear.
Set into the gunwale sides are stainless bars protecting rectangular recesses. These are for the special square-section Fjord fenders. The galley has a fridge/freezer with slide-out drawers. This beast is built for entertaining and has a second fridge to the right of the galley. Our boat is fitted with a generator that supports a 240V cooktop (not fitted we use a gas BBQ), water heater, battery charger, and air-con. The rear most seat can be flipped over to face aft, and the table can be lowered to form a sunbed. We had a custom cover made to allows this to be enclosed for outdoor sleeping under the stars and additional accommodation. There are cushions for the sunbed forward, and you lift out the center
panel to let light into the cabin below. The cabin is a nice room with an island bed, another single aft, and ensuite bathroom. Those big topsides mean there
is good headroom throughout and the space feels open and airy, not what you would expect from a "Day Boat" You can carry a lot of people in comfort, and you can entertain a lot of people, too. This is a great picnic boat but it also suits as a family weekender. The old saying "Buy a boat for the 90%, not the 10%" This Fjord does that perfectly!
With at least 870hp at work, this Fjord 40 is quick. At 1500rpm you get 10 knots, the bow lifting a few degrees. At 2000rpm the nose is up (we haven't used the trim tabs) and we are
at 16.3 knots. At 2500 the nose has dropped again and we have 24 knots. At 3000 you get 31.7, and at 3500rpm with a bit of trim tab, we're at our 39-knot top speed. If you ignore this messing around and simply push open the throttles she rockets away, the nose rises slightly then drops immediately and we are at top speed. She'll run happily at any speed and
rev range. She's smooth and dry upwind, directionally stable, and dry downwind. Toss her around a bit and she is very sure-footed. IPS installations are quieter and smoother
than other set-ups; you feel that something is missing and although you can't quite place what it is, you're better off without it. Cruising at 27 knots, we talk easily.
When it comes time to put her away into a nasty, tight berth is easy and stress-free. As you approach you simply rotate the little IPS joystick and she spins in her own length then puts her into the hole and you're done. So easy!
You can't really fault this boat. It is a perverse world where the Germans and Norwegians produce an open boat that Aussies recognise as something they need and embrace so
readily. No longer is this the land of the flybridge. Perhaps we have too much outdoors and in the past people have needed to hide from it. This weapon has a great on-water presence.
As you approach her beam on you see a large plane of metallic-finished fiberglass, which dominates the seascape. It's obviously a boat, but there's nothing else like it.
Weight: 7.7t (light)
Sleeps: 2+1 (+2 up top)
Please note: This is Brokers personal vessel
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