The deck layout of the A40 is centered around its absolutely gigantic cockpit-an open-transom deal with twin wheels and a set of "seats" too short to serve as such in a voyaging context-and is unabashedly laid out for vigorous sailhandling and around-the-buoys racing. A full Navtec hydraulic package (backstay, vang, etc.) helps keep the tall, carbon, fractional rig under control. All critical lines, with the exception of the beam-width traveler, are led to a suite of clutches serviced by a companionway-stationed crewmember. In other words, it's a boat that would be a handful to sail for your average cruising couple.