Fountaine Pajot MY 40

Open gathering spaces and comfy accommodations create a dayboat that can accommodate six overnight.

Stretching to almost 46 feet with the swim platform and spanning 19 feet, 10 inches, the new Fountaine Pajot MY 40 delivers the interior volume and on-deck space of a 60-plus-footer. And it has a flybridge, which only increases outdoor space and passenger comfort aboard this French catamaran.

Up high, the MY 40 has room for 10 people under a hardtop that has a canvas sunroof, to enjoy a day on the water. Six folks can gather around a dining table to starboard, immediately aft of the twin-seat helm. Companion seating is actually a dual-person sun lounge. A compact “galley” console houses a sink, a prep area, a refrigerator and an ice-maker. The helm is fully outfitted, including a joystick, and the flybridge is covered but open, so everyone can enjoy the ocean breezes without the harshness of direct sunlight.

The flybridge offers social spaces and a second helm.

Belowdecks, the port hull houses the master suite, which includes an athwartships berth and a two-part head. Through a doorway is a hanging locker, shelves, a sink and countertop, below-counter storage and a long, narrow shower with a frosted-glass enclosure along the hullside. In its own space far forward is the toilet. In the starboard hull are two staterooms, one with a full berth and the other with bunks, and a shared head.

A sizable master suite occupies the port hull.

An aft galley, salon and primary helm occupy the main cabin, while a six-person settee spans most of the transom and twin sunpads make the bow a draw for folks who prefer their sunlight unfiltered. Glass across the front and about two-thirds of the way back on both sides gives the interior plenty of light, and a window by the helm opens to draw in fresh air.

Surrounded by windows, the main cabin houses a salon, galley and lower helm.

Standard power for the Fountaine Pajot MY 40 comes from twin Volvo Penta IPS400 diesels with 300 hp each, but buyers can opt for more punch with IPS500s, which crank out 370 hp apiece.

Operators will appreciate the helm’s comfortable seat and its easy-to-reach wheel, throttles and joystick.

LOA 45 ft., 10 in.
Beam 19 ft., 10 in.
Draft 3 ft., 8 in.
Displacement 27,000 lbs.
Fuel 372 gal.
Water 238 gal.
Power Twin Volvo Penta IPS400 diesels
Price $590,000 (base); $1 million+ (loaded)

Fountaine Pajot, Aigrefeuille, France;

West Coast Dealers
The Catamaran Co., San Diego; (619) 363-3987;
Signature Yachts, Seattle; (206) 284-9004;