The HR 40 is characterized by the distinctive Hallberg-Rassy fixed windshield with integrated folding dodger. Teak decks, coamings, and caprails (on the bulwarks) are standard. The cockpit, with its high backrests and teak sole grating, is comfortable and seamanlike, but it isn't overly large, which is a good thing from the standpoints of headroom below and safety on deck. The steering pedestal includes engine instruments, a single-lever control, and a varnished teak folding table. Raymarine ST60 instrumentation for depth, boat speed, and wind speed and direction is mounted above the companionway.