|Length over all:||47.44'||14.46 m|
|Length DWL:||35.07'||10.691 m|
|Beam max:||13.71'||4.18 m|
|Draft-board up||4.3'||1.31 m|
|Draft-board down||9.75'||3.02 m|
|Displacement:||30,695 lbs||13,915 kg|
|Fuel Capacity||45 gal||170 L|
|Fresh Water capacity||160 g||605 L|
|Mainsail||653 sq ft||60.67 sq m|
|Genoa||683 sq ft||63.42 sq m|
There is little to improve upon when looking at the 40, but having spent many years on board, Ted Fontaine wanted to create a new yacht that was better suited for extended coastal cruising, without jumping up to a full multi cabin cruising yacht. He asked for additional input from current 40 owners as to what, if anything, they would change or improve about their current yacht.
The first and most complimentary conclusion from Ted’s survey was that there was not one requested change or improvement to the cockpit, sailing systems or deck arrangement. Hence, the new 48 will retain the Friendship-defining spacious and ergonomic cockpit. Sail handling remains state of the art and designed for single handed operation with all controls led to the helmsman’s position behind the wheel. The main sheet is controlled by two foot buttons positioned at the helmsman’s feet, with the sheet led aft of the helm seat, under the deck and out of the way. The 110% genoa sheets are led to electric winches on either side of the wheel, with foot buttons on both sides for effortless furling from either side of the boat. The walk-around cockpit table houses the hinge-out Garmin 5200 touch screen GPS/Radar and Simrad auto pilot control, as well as an insulated, drained storage for cold drinks. Custom stainless steel, flush mounted drink holders and sheet bins keep the cockpit tidy and clutter-free.
Below decks is where the major changes from the 40 have been made. These include a larger sea-going galley featuring more counter space, a front loading fridge, gimbaled three burner stove/oven, built in microwave oven , pull-out single-cup coffee maker, hinged out trash bin and custom built storage for all glasses and dishes.
The size of the head has increased, and includes a larger fresh water flushing toilet, bigger vanity and sink, a separate stall shower with hinged safety glass door and fixed glass partition. The salon settees utilize the additional beam and can pull out to become two additional wide sleeping berths.
The forward stateroom will have two raised panel teak doors that will be able to close off the forward berth for privacy from the salon, or be hinged forward to maintain the open airy interior that is so desirable on the Friendship 40.
With the longer waterline, lighter weight construction and a tall and efficient sail plan the new Friendship 48 will be sleek, fast, and, of course, stunning as it slices silently through the water.