On a Mission
Like a house with good bones, the 400 Sport Yacht's physical plant allows it to better fulfill its primary purpose-cruising. To that end, you'll find a standard chaise sunpad on the bow. These are optional aboard other boats, such as Doral's Mediterra ($503,950, powered like my test boat), though the Mediterra boasts dual lounges of slatted teak. Unfortunately, my tester's rode locker hatch hit the bowrail, preventing it from opening fully. A redesign is said to be in process.
In the cockpit, a unique foldout table deploys from the aft portside lounge. The sun island, aft in centerline, is just that, a big two-person settee. Its backrest is hinged to fold down partway to make a chaise, or lay it flat to create a sun lounge. The platform features a four-step ladder. The lazarette hatch-beautifully finished-drains and will stow six big fenders.
Belowdecks is a two-head, two-stateroom arrangement. The 400 Sport Yacht is one of three 40-footers with two heads and the only one with access to the forward head from both the stateroom and the salon. Cabinets run short of touching the fiberglass headliner. This provides a custom, open look. The feel is bright and airy.
I was especially impressed by the convertible salon settee. A lift-and-lay design allows you to simply pull it out and voilà-it's a berth. It beats a convertible sofa because you don't lose the stowage within and it's far better than those convertible dinettes in which you need to assemble Filler A with Pedestal B. The 400 Sport Yacht is chock-full of such clever refinement.
Extra Point: The air-conditioning return vent is removed several feet from the compressor itself, making the 400 Sport Yacht's climate control quieter than those aboard other boats.