The AC40s are built at McConaghy’s state-of-the-art production facility, using a 7 axis CNC machine.
In light winds the AC40 is expected to be able to sail at up to 26 knots at 46º upwind and 30 knots boat speed at 138º downwind. At the upper limits of 20 knots TWS, the boat speeds are expected to escalate to 39 knots upwind at 41º and 44 knots at an angle of 155º downwind.
There are currently eight AC40’s under construction at McConaghy, with America’s Cup teams lined up awaiting possession. These AC40s will be used by the Challenging teams for testing, development, Match Race training and preliminary events, and competed in for the Youth and Women’s America’s Cups.
The AC40 is available for purchase by private owners.
“While the genesis of the AC40 project comes from the familiar design and innovation of the people within the Emirates Team New Zealand design department, we have really had to push the limits by utilising a combination of the best of the New Zealand Marine industry as well as key offshore partnerships. Specialised elements like the rigs are being built by Southern Spars and the boat building talent we have at the ETNZ build facility are producing the foil arms. We also have a great partnership utilising the production power of an organisation like McConaghy Boats in China for the hulls, decks and fit out as well as North Sails Marine group with the aero package.” – Richard Meacham, ETNZ