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Sayer SO 40


Price: AU $185,000 

40' - 12.19m
Exmouth WA
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Hull Material:
Fibreglass/GRP Western Red Cedar, Epoxy, Kevlar, and carbon reinforced.
Cruising, Racing

The Sayer SO 40 is a fast, extremely strong cruiser/racer, designed and built for short handed offshore sailing. She is easy to sail and very comfortable, with all the equipment necessary for extended cruising. Carmen is in very good condition and has had a number of equipment upgrades in the past year, including an electric fridge/freezer and a forward v berth. The headsails are on furlers and in good condition. The engine has done low hours and has been well maintained. The mast and rigging are also in good condition and has been recently surveyed. The electronics are extensive and up to date. A brief history of the boat follows.

After former BOC round the world racer Mike Wignell lost his first Sayer designed yacht off Cape Horn due to a broken rudder, he approached Jon Sayer to design another boat to his exact requirements. The Sayer SO40 (Southern Ocean 40) was built by Wignall & Sayer together, The result is a fast, light, and extremely strong expedition and cruising yacht reinforced with Kevlar and carbon with a super strong carbon rudder. Wignall named the boat "Carmen"

This was the last boat that Jon Sayer built before he went into semi retirement and he described it as possibly his finest work. The construction process is detailed on Sayer's website, (sayerdesign ).

Carmen has sailed to Cape Horn, through the Chilean channels and extensively cruised the Pacific, including 3 crossings between Sydney and NZ and a trip to the Southern Auckland Island Group some 465 nm south of NZ. Wignall sold Carmen in 2018.

The second owner then cruised the islands and coast of South Australia before sailing the boat to Fremantle. It was sold to the current owner in 2020. The current owner has sailed locally around Fremantle and to Exmouth, some 700 nm north of Fremantle. She is currently lying in Exmouth pending delivery to Fremantle in September.

Carmen was designed to be simple and strong with easily maintained electrical and mechanical systems. There are no linings, so all structural, plumbing and electrical conduits are easily accessible. This does not detract from the finish and makes for a far more practical and easily maintained boat.

With a ballast ratio of 45% the SO 40 stands up to her sail well and a sail to displacement ratio of 24 ( in cruising trim ) ensures excellent light air performance which according to Wignall is very important as a high percentage of the winds encountered on the world cruising routes are below 15 knots.

The SO 40 is a yacht that will take its crew anywhere in the world with a minimum of fuss. The sails are the main form of propulsion and the Monitor windvane will steer the boat most of the time. There is also a heavy duty Raymarine autopilot to steer the boat when required which uses very little power due to the balanced carbon rudder which requires no more than two fingers pressure to operate the tiller in virtually all conditions. Simple systems ensure maintenance and repair is kept to a minimum, therefore reducing the cost of upkeep.

Carmen is very reluctantly offered for sale due to a change in the current owners personal circumstances.

It is offered here at a fraction of its build price.

Exmouth WA
Western Australia
Jon Sayer
Jon Sayer / Mike Wignall
40' - 12.19m
3.80 m
2.50 m
5,400 kg light, 7000 kg in cruising trim.
Keel / Ballast:
2,460 kg lead bulb, 45% ballast ratio.
Hull Material:
Fibreglass/GRP Western Red Cedar, Epoxy, Kevlar, and carbon reinforced.
Deck Material:
Vacuum bagged epoxy / end grain balsa
Engine Make:
Fuel Type:
Engine Hours:
950 (approx)
Fuel Consumption:
2 l/h
Cruise Speed:
6 knots
2 blade folding propeller
220 litres, 120 litres in keel tank, 80 litres in day tank, 20 litres in heater tank
2 x 100 litre in integral f/g tanks.
L shaped galley with gimballed stove, stainless sink with cold freshwater pump and seawater pump.
Fridge freezer (2021), large cool box
Force 10 2 burner gas stove with oven
Open plan with quarter berths port & starboard.
Polished table in main saloon.
Galley and navigation station.
U shape settee in main saloon, single berth portside and single settee berth to starboard.
V berths forward (2021)
Marine head with vanity.
Forward sail storage with watertight bulkhead.
Open plan, head has door for privacy.
6 total, 2 quarter berths, 2 settee berths in main saloon, double V berth.
Jabsco manual toilet with holding tank
Stereo with 2 speakers.
Reflks diesel heater.
2.9 m inflatable (near new)
3.5 HP 4 stroke Mercury outboard (near new, low hours)
Mainsail cover, tiller cover, outboard cover, new sunshade covering 2/3 of boat
Ground Tackle:
30 kg Rocna anchor with 60m of 10mm chain & 50m of nylon rode.
2 x 20kg Bruce anchors with 20m of chain and nylon rode.
Muir anchor winch.
Safety Gear:
2 x water tight bulkheads, jack lines, LPG detection system (2020), Danbuoy and floating heaving line
Bilge Pumps:
Roving electric bilge pump with 10m hose.
Life Raft:
4 man lifreaft (new)
Life Jackets:
4 foam life vests.
Flares to offshore requirements
Fire Protection:
Fire extinguishers, fire blanket
75 amp alternator.
2 x 80 watt solar panels.
1 x 80 a/h start battery (Dec 2018).
2 x 120 a/h house batteries (Dec 2018).
Battery charger.
MPPT solar regulator (2019).
Boat wired to accept lithium batteries. (2019)
4 x 12v fans
LED lighting
Raymarine 200 mm screen chartplotter with Navionics world charts.
Surface Pro computer with Cmap charts.
Raymarine Smart Pilot with Type 1 tiller drive unit.
P70 wind, depth & autopilot gauges.
Iridium phone in e dock, external aerial, optimised for email, weather downloads via Predictwind.
Vesper send/receive AIS
Icom VHF radio.
Electronic radar reflector.
E-pert battery monitor.
Sail Inventory:
Mainsail with 3 reefs, North Sails.
Furling genoa, Zoom Sails (NZ) on Reef Rite furler with pawl.
Hanked genoa, North Sails (average condition).
No. 4 jib on Selden CX-15 endless furler 2:1 halyard.
Storm jib on endless furler with 2:1 halyard.
Asymmetrical spinnaker on Facnor top down furler.
Mast / Rigging:
Aluminium mast and boom, Allyacht Spars Queensland.
Dyform standing rigging (surveyed March 2020 for insurance).
D2 & V2 with backing plates replaced 2020.
Stainless steel bowsprit for asymmetrical spinnaker (cockpit operated).
Deck Gear:
2 x 52ST Anderson s/s primary winches.
4 x 40ST Anderson s/s secondary winches.
2 x 40ST Anderson s/s cabin top winches.
1 x 28ST Anderson s/s spinnaker halyard winch on mast.
Monitor wind vane steering with 2 blades.
Clear, uncluttered decks
Cockpit table that drops to seat height to make double sleeping area, all new cushions
All information supplied by the vendor and believed to be true and correct
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