Absolute unrivaled quality is synonymous with the Friendship Yacht Company. Incorporating many elements from his large custom yachts, designer Ted Fontaine has created the FRIENDSHIP 40, a luxury daysailer whose concept has been imitated, but by no means equaled. The expert craftsmanship and careful attention to detail display the superyacht quality to which each Friendship 40 has been built. Time honored methods of handcraftsmanship and a fine eye for classic boat building are apparent at first glance of this boat – she is truly stunning. And not until one steps on board can you realize what a fantastic sailing vessel has been created. A large, powerful rig for performance coupled with the ease of a single-handed set-up, the Friendship 40 sails with a near effortless hand at the helm. An in-boom furling main with hydraulic sheet buttons at the helmsman’s feet and a roller furling genoa with electric winches at either side of the wheel make it possible to sit back and soak in the pure and simple joys of sailing.
The proven “Delta” shape underbody by designer Ted Fontaine is the ideal concept for this daysailer. The beautifully sculpted hull is stable yet responsive. A lifting centerboard provides a draft of 3’11” making it possible to anchor or dock just about anywhere. Flawlessly clean fore and aft decks and low profile cabin top provide a full 360 degree line of sight from the helmstation. The spacious cockpit with three gracious, deep settees provides a seating area unparalleled in other sailing yachts of this size. A wide sweeping teak coaming surrounds the cockpit, complementing the teak of the sheerstrake and caprail – a look that sends you back to a time when the main purpose of a yacht was pure beauty and grace.
There are times when the wrapping exceeds the gift inside. The Friendship 40, however, continues to be as impressive as you step from the elegance of the cockpit into the classically beautiful interior. Surprisingly spacious, Fontaine has achieved the perfect balance of comfort and functionality. Varnished teak raised panel joinery, custom wide settees including plenty of storage space in teak lockers, a full head with shower, functional galley and large double centerline berth make the Friendship 40 the ultimate weekend getaway.
Manaaki is the very boat that made the world fall in love with the Friendship 40. She has been professionally maintained since her launch in 2004 and had a detailed refit in 2009.