Construction of the HR 40 is top-notch, as it should be on a boat that, well-equipped, sells for $520,000 (base price is $427,000). The hull is solid fiberglass to the waterline and then cored above it, as is the deck, with Divinycell foam to keep weight down and provide insulation for heat and sound purposes. A layer of vinylester resin is added behind the gelcoat to prevent blistering, and the bottom comes from the factory with two coats of epoxy primer beneath the antifouling paint.
Unfortunately on the day of our test sail, the breeze took a holiday. Even so, the wheel and rod-linked steering was smooth and responsive, and in about 5 knots of wind with the optional screecher set on a continuous-line furler, I was able to coax the speedo up to 3.