The Malo 40 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Malo 40 is a modern and elegant aft-cockpit sloop that combines performance, comfort and safety. Designed by Leif Ängermark and built by Malö Yachts in Sweden since 2006, the Malo 40 is a versatile and adaptable yacht that can be customized to suit the owner's preferences.

A Malo 40 at anchorThe Malo 40

Published Specification for the Malo 40

Underwater Profile: Fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 40'8" (12.4m)

Waterline Length: 32'9" (10.0m)

Beam: 12'7" (3.8m)

Draft: 6'4" (1.9m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 20,900lb (9,480kg)

Designer: Leif Ängermark

Builder: Malö Yachts (Sweden)

Year First Built: 2006

Published Design Ratios for the Malo 40

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.5

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 38.0

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 264

4. Comfort Ratio: 31.6

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Malo 40

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.5 suggests that the Malo 40 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 38.0 means that a sailboat like the Malo 40 (which doesn't have a stiffness-enhancing bulb keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 264, tells us the Malo 40 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 31.6 suggests that crew comfort of a Malo 40 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 indicates that a Malo 40 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Any Questions?

What other versions of the Malo 40 were built?

There are two versions of the Malo 40: the standard version and the classic version. The main difference between them is the length of the hull and the transom. The standard version has a shorter hull and a more modern transom, while the classic version has a longer hull and a traditional transom with a bathing platform. The classic version also has a slightly larger sail area and a higher mast.

What is the accommodation like in the Malo 40?

The Malo 40 has a spacious and ergonomic interior that can accommodate up to six people. The standard layout provides two double berths along with a comfortable dining area, sofa, l-shaped galley, navigation table and shower room. The alternative layout offers two armchairs with a table in place of the sofa and an extra shower in the main berth. The interior is made of high-quality mahogany wood and has plenty of storage space and natural light.

What, if any, alternative accommodation layout versions are available for the Malo 40?

As mentioned above, there are two alternative layouts for the Malo 40: one with two armchairs and an extra shower, and another with a third cabin instead of the sofa. Additionally, Malö Yachts prides itself on being adaptable to the customer's bespoke requirements, so any layout can be altered to suit the customer.

What keel options are available for the Malo 40?

The Malo 40 has a fixed fin keel as standard, which has a draught of 1.92m  (6'4"). Optionally, the Malo 40 can be fitted with a shallow keel, which has a draught of 1.65m (5'5").

What is the Malo 40 like to sail?

The Malo 40 is a modern and elegant sailboat that combines performance, comfort and safety. It has fine sailing qualities, with lively yet smooth handling. It is stable and stiff and has a good righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a bluewater cruising boat that can handle long-distance sailing in various conditions.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Malo 40?

The average cost of a secondhand Malo 40 depends on several factors, such as the year of construction, the condition, the equipment and the location of the boat. Based on some online listings, the price range for a used Malo 40 can vary from around £200,000 to £300,000.

Is this boatbuilder still in business?

Yes, Malö Yachts is still in business and continues to produce high-quality sailboats in Sweden. The company was founded in 1939 by Harry Olsson and has been owned by Håkan Bengtsson since 1998. Malö Yachts currently offers four models: the Malö 37, the Malö 40, the Malö 43 Classic and the Malö 49 Classic.

What other sailboats have been created by this designer?

Leif Ängermark is the designer of all current models of Malö Yachts, including the Malö 37, the Malö 40, the Malö 43 Classic and the Malö 49 Classic. He is also responsible for some previous models, such as the Malö 36, the Malö 39 Classic, the Malö 42 Classic and the Malö 46 Classic. Leif Ängermark has been working as a naval architect and designer for Malö Yachts since 1984.

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