The design of the Waarschip 40 “LD is based on a number of principles. In the first place the boat had to be suitable for long sea sailing competitions with sometimes small to very small (solo) crew. Measurement formulas do not play a significant role in this. The only real limitation is the overall length. In addition, the ship must be seaworthy and reliable. With these restrictions as a starting point, the boat must be fast, long lasting, easy to maintain and retain its value. The boat should also be suitable for family sailing with minor adjustments.
The Waarschip 40 “LD is a boat with short overhangs, a moderate width, a slender waterline, fairly strong bilge shapes and a low weight. The maximum speed of this ship is above 15 knots. The normal draft is only 1.80 m. This draft gives excellent all-round sailing properties and good stability. For competitions over long distances with a lot of windbreaks, it is better to choose the deep keel (2.20 m). There is also a shallow keel (1.25 m). You can choose this if your sailing area does not allow a greater draft. However, this is somewhat at the expense of the upwind sailing characteristics. The Waarschip 40 is category CE A tested. Click here for the Ballast tanks certificate
The 40’LD is equipped with ballast tanks. The fixed keels give the boat normal stability. You therefore do not need to use the ballast tanks, but if you use them, you can get more out of your Waarschip, especially in the wind. Suppose you are sailing on the wind with a small crew. You do not have a crew to put on windward in the gangway, but you fill the windward tanks (approx. 600 L). That has the same effect as 8 men windward! The tanks are empty downwind, making the boat lighter and faster. The operation of the tanks is easy. If you do not want to use the tanks at all as ballast tanks, they can serve as storage compartments.
Two coupled rudders possible
The steering is normally done with a balanced rudder. This steers fine and light. However, especially under difficult circumstances, you can control the Waarschip 40 ‘LD even better with 2 small linked balanced rudders, because one of them is always in the almost ideal position (straight down). You can choose the layout that is best suits you. We will be happy to advise you in determining the perfect layout for you.