Beneteau Gran Turismo 40

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Beneteau  Gran Turismo 40
The Gran Turismo line is the French boatbuilder Beneteau’s break into the express cruiser family. A cruising yacht in a sportboat package, the Gran Turismo (GT) 40 is a newer version of the popular GT 38. Straight from the desk of Italian superyacht design firm Nuvolari-Lenard, the GT 40 is about as Euro-modern as it gets.

Part of what makes the GT 40 so sleek is its design and power. The build is pushed along by a pair of cutting edge Volvo D6-370 inboard diesel engines, yielding a reported 30-knot cruising speed and 38-knot maximum speed. Additionally, the GT 40 features what the manufacturer is calling the Air Step 2 hull design. The concept involves a V-shaped step under the hull with hard chines aft that act as air intakes to create a sort of cushion of aerated water. While we’d need to consult with a few naval engineers to confirm those claims, the zippy cruising and maximum speeds provide some hard evidence to the builder’s case.
Beneteau Gran Turismo 40 specs
What’s impressive about the performance is also the onboard accommodations being moved. The swim step leads directly into the large cockpit, which is mostly enclosed with glass and a retraceable sunroof. Two walkways forward, guarded by high rails, also lead from the cockpit to the huge sun lounge on the foredeck.

If one continues past the modern-racecar style helm, a short set of stairs leads into the salon and galley with more seating. A large, full-beam owner’s berth is forward in the V, while a more economical guest berth is aft. The fully enclosed head is also down here.

If you’re looking for a performance-minded vessel to take you on multiday or longer adventures and are crazy about that sleek European style, the Gran Turismo 40 may just be the ride for you. If interested in more information or pricing, you can contact the local broker, Denison Yacht Sales.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is the managing editor of Northwest Yachting. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show, Alt for Norge. He loves living in a state where he can explore the ocean and mountains in the same day.

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