Cabo Horn 40 - Latest news about the class

The Cabo Horn 40, one of our most important expedition boats, is constantly generating news about the class. Being one of our designs that keeps expanding in number of boats already completed and in geographic scope, this yacht is becoming an icon as being the right size of boat for a family to live aboard.

Aya, Tadeu Corseuil’s Cabo Horn 40, is a boat of many miles sailed in offshore passages. This year, after being placed second in her class in the three hundred miles Recife to Fernando de Noronha Offshore Race, she is sailing north, bound for the Caribbean, where Tadeu intends to spend the next six months.

Aya, the Cabo Horn 40 built by the renowned “Estrutural Boatyard”, from Cabo Frio, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the first boat of the class to be launched. After a very active life participating in several offshore races in the east coast of South America, now she is expanding her horizons, and after taking part in the 2012 Recife to Fernando de Noronha Race, a three hundred miles offshore event, she is sailing to the West Indies, where her owner intends to spend the next six months.

It is left to be decided later if Aya will sail far into the middle of the North Atlantic and make a non-stop trip to her home-port Rio de Janeiro, or if she will keep sailing east, doing the traditional circuit of the Atlantic, calling at Azores, next cruising in Western Europe, and then returning by way of Canary Islands, Cape Verde and back to her home port.


Another Cabo Horn 40 which could easily obtain a Loyds 100 A1 certificate is the one being built in the State of Paraná by her owner Sergio Danillas. Sergio, a chemical engineer by trade, decided by his own volition to substitute the wooden strips specified for the hull construction for PVC foam sandwich. The result was a lighter hull with the same strength as the original project.

Photos of the turning over of Sergios’s hull. The internal lamination was applied next, and now the boat is almost concluded.


Another Cabo Horn 40 that begins to open its path in the water is Al Sharif, belonging to the lawyer Joao Fragoso, from Angra dos Reis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Al Shariff was built by Fragoso, an absolute layman in boat-building. Despite being a rookie, the quality of work he has managed to accomplish is comparable to that of a skilled shipwright. The boat was launched this October, and Fragoso has plans to be leaving soon for a long distance cruise, bound for the Côte D’Azur, his dreamed address for stationing Al Shariff as her home port.


Al Sharif, launched this October 2012, is the most recent Cabo Horn 40 to be inaugurated. Her owner Joao Fragoso considers he is a blessed person for having built such a nice yacht.


The Cabo Horn 40 is quite different from series produced sailboats. Its specifications are not intended to produce a disposable boat made to last just a dozen years, or so, before requiring important overall maintenance. The Cabo Horn 40 is specified to last for decades requiring minimum maintenance. All its systems, like plumbing, electrical and propulsion have easy access for being serviced; having no black-box to be done by factory authorized staff. The strip-planking wood/epoxy building method adopted in its construction is much more durable than the single skin construction employed in the majority of series boats. Being a mid-displacement boat, it stands heavy weather with the wind blowing on the nose with much more alacrity than the lighter displacement yachts with less ballast that prevail in the market. It is perhaps for these reasons that the Cabo Horn 40 owners are our best marketers in praising the virtues of the project.

The internal layout of the Cabo Horn 40 is equivalent to that of a comfortable apartment.

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