McConaghy 38 - carbon fibre skimming dish sportsboat

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Down in Key West we look at the latest Harry Dunning design
With the Farr 40 class now in decline after 15 years as the most popular and competitive one design in its size range, so over the last year several new offerings have come onto the market each hoping for a slice of this market. Last year we looked at the Ker 40 and Soto 40. Since then the Farr 400 and the McConaghy 38 have also been launched, both racing this week at Quantum Key West Race Week. What is perhaps most interesting is just how much these four boats differ. While the intention is for it to become a one design, the Ker 40, with its characteristic giant flare aft, has already found success racing under IRC and, like the Soto 40, is not built in carbon fibre. The Farr 400, with its powerful-looking bow, obviously benefits from having the finest pedigree in design terms, following the 40 and all the other successful one designs emanating from the Farr office.  Column1 Ker 40 Farr 400 McConaghy 38 Soto 40 LOA 12.2