This clean and purposeful cruiser won Best Midsize Cruiser in CW‘s 2008 Boat of the Year contest.  (CRUISING WOLRD)

Dec 17, 2007
By Mark Pillsbury (More articles by this author)

Billy Black
“All in all, a good coastal cruising boat at a very reasonable price.” ¿Ralph Naranjo

Comfortable and stylish belowdecks and well organized topsides, the Beneteau 40 showed light-air performance on the waters off Annapolis last fall that hinted at good handling in a stiffer breeze and convinced the BOTY judges that this boat was a standout among the Midsize Cruisers.
The 40 is the latest in a line of new production cruisers from Beneteau. Its hull is straight from the drawing boards of Berret Racoupeau and features a fine entry, what BOTY judge Steve Callahan described as broad shoulders, and a fairly beamy transom under a wide cockpit and twin wheels.  READ ARTICLE