Monday, September 28

New San Juan 40: Down East Looks and a High-End Northwest Pedigree

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With its clean, sleek, Down East lines, the elegant San Juan 40 is the new iteration of the original San Juan 38, produced by new ownership of the Anacortes, Washington, high-end builder. Last May, San Juan Yachts was bought by Concorde Marine, also in Anacortes; Concorde also makes larger expedition yachts under the Northern Marine brand.

The new San Juan 40, to be followed by a 50, keeps all the head-turning looks and solid performance of the popular 38. Powered by two 370-hp Volvo diesels with IPS 500 pod drives (and joystick control), the new 40 cruises in the 30-knot range. And with a single stateroom and head with shower below, it’s designed to be a couple’s cruiser that, with the convertible dinette in the enclosed salon, can also hold another couple or a family.

Inside the San Juan 40, there’s teak and light everywhere. Large windows and a full-length glass door open from the salon to the cockpit, while the teak and holly sole provides a salty accent. At the helm, the wheel is teak, as is the elevated helm console. To port is the convertible dining table, with seats fore and aft, while on the starboard side, behind the helm, is a sink and bar unit with an ice-maker.

Below, down two teak steps, the queen berth is forward, with two drawers and small storage cabinet underneath, while the galley is to port and the head, with separate shower, is to starboard. In the cockpit, sunpads over the engine boxes provide nice lounging areas, while a settee is across the transom. The cockpit sole is teak; so is the swim platform.

Under the new management, San Juans are sold direct from the factory, except for the Essex Boat Works in Connecticut, which is the dealer for the Northeast.

Specs.: LOA: 40’7”; Beam: 12’2”; Draft: 2’8”; Disp.: NA; Fuel: 300 gals.; Water: 80 gals.; Power: 2×370-hp Volvo IPS 500 diesels.









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