The Lucia 40 arriving in Australia next month, we anticipate she will be the popular choice for couples and families wanting not only versatility but also space to relax without compromising on size.
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Boarding via the aft transom platforms is made easier with well-placed handholds. From here, it's only one step up to the cockpit, which as mentioned, is quite spacious. The L-shaped dinette can accommodate up to eight, and there is additional seating along the transom and on the starboard-side lounge. The entire cockpit is protected by a hard top bimini, which also serves as an anchor point for the large mainsheet traveler. The helm pod to starboard is elevated and moulded into the bimini, with access from the deck as well as via a set of steps from the cockpit. There are a number of nice features here: the seat accommodates the captain and a companion, with ample room for two to relax. Yet another set of steps leads up to the coachroof where the boom is low enough that it's easy to reach over and tuck away the mainsail at the end of the day.
In addition, the Raymarine multifunction display is conveniently located, and there is a small sheet bin built in to keep the spaghetti tidy. Forward, there is a large sun pad "lounge" that spans the front of the cabin house. It's a nice place to relax if you don't like lying in the trampoline: although that too has been redesigned as the mesh now goes all the way to the edges without the usual gaps, and there is also no middle strut to get in the way. Below the sun pad is a pair of lockers housing the water tank, the Quick vertical windlass and some large stowage spaces.
The coachroof is high enough that another step would be useful forward, so you could hop up near the mast rather than having to go aft to the helm steps. The Lucia 40 is available in a four-cabin Quatuor, with two heads. The walk- around island bed aft is low and easy to get into. The saloon is surprisingly spacious for a boat of only 40ft. Glass doors open to reveal a cooking and socializing area on the same level as the cockpit. Six can sit at the L-shaped settee, which shares a seat with the dedicated nav station. Vitrifrigo fridge drawers are located to starboard as is an L-shaped galley to port. The sink is by the window, which slides open for easy communication with the cockpit and helm. There are also a separate counter-height oven and a three-burner Eno stove.
A skylight in the saloon brings in plenty of natural light. The two forward-opening windows are protected by the extended coachroof, means they can remain open even in the case of a light rain, which is a plus.
The Lucia 40 is a well-sized boat that will appeal to couples and families that want the versatility of a multihull without all the extra real estate and expense. There's really no better way to GoBareboating.
Review courtesy of mariner, editor and regular contributor to boating publications - Zuzana Prochazka
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