The Warrior 40 Sailboat

The Warrior 40, a sturdy offshore cutter, was designed by Angus Primrose & Bill Dixon and built in the UK by Trident Marine Ltd.

'Summerbird' a Warrior 40 sailboat on a mooring ball in the River Yealm, near Plymouth, UK.The Warrior 40, a flush-decked long-distance cruiser.

Published Specification for the Warrior 40

Underwater Profile: Fin keel and skeg hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall: 39'4" (12.00m)

Waterline Length: 31'3" (9.53m)

Beam: 13'0" (4.0m)

Draft: 5'0" (1.52m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 18,739lb (8,500kg)

Designer: Angus Primrose & Bill Dixon

Builder: Trident Marine (UK)

Year First Built: 1988

Published Design Ratios for the Warrior 40

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: Not known.

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 44.1

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 274

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 28.3

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Warrior 40

1. The Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of the Warrior 40 is not known, but word has it that in the right conditions, she'll approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 44.1 means that the Warrior 40 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 274, tells us the Warrior 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 28.3 suggests that crew comfort of a xxxx in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 tells us that a Warrior 40 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

The Warrior 40: The Key Features...

  • The Warrior 40, is a 12-meter cutter designed by Bill Dixon and Angus Primrose and built by Trident Marine Ltd since 1988. The Warrior 40 is a boat that can handle any weather and take you to any destination, whether it's coastal cruising, offshore sailing, or crossing the oceans.
  • The Warrior 40 has a spacious and practical layout that can accommodate up to six people in three cabins. The forward cabin has a double berth and a hanging locker, while the aft cabin has two single berths and a locker. The saloon has a U-shaped settee that can convert into a double berth, a large table, and plenty of storage space. The galley is located on the port side of the saloon and has a two-burner stove with oven, a fridge, a sink, and ample counter space. The navigation station is opposite the galley and has a chart table, an instrument panel, and a seat. The head is aft of the navigation station and has a marine toilet, a sink, and a shower.
  • The Warrior 40 has a solid fiberglass hull with an iron fin keel and a skeg-hung rudder. The deck is also fiberglass with teak overlay. The rig is a cutter with an in-mast furling mainsail, a roller-furling genoa, and a self-tacking staysail. The mast is deck-stepped and has two sets of spreaders and jumper struts. The sail area is about 80 square meters, which gives the boat a moderate sail-to-displacement ratio of about 15. The boat has Lewmar winches for the sheets and halyards, and all lines are led aft to the cockpit for easy handling. The cockpit is aft and has a wheel steering, a binnacle with compass and instruments, and a folding table. The boat also has twin diesel engines as an option for extra power and maneuverability.
  • The Warrior 40 is not a fast boat, but it is stable, stiff, and weatherly. It can carry a lot of sail in strong winds without heeling too much or losing control. It also has a good righting moment if capsized. It is not very agile or responsive on the wind, but it can point well and tack easily with the self-tacking staysail. It is not very lively or much fun in light winds, but it can still make decent progress with the help of the engine if needed. It has an easy and comfortable motion at sea under sail, thanks to its heavy displacement and moderate beam. It can handle rough seas and waves without pounding or slamming. It is suitable for any kind of sailing, from inshore to ocean passages.

Some of the pros of the Warrior 40 are:

  • It is well-built and durable, with quality materials and craftsmanship.
  • It is spacious and comfortable below decks, with plenty of headroom, ventilation, and natural light.
  • It is safe and reliable at sea, with good stability, seaworthiness, and strength.
  • It is easy to sail short-handed or single-handed, with simple rigging and controls.
  • It is versatile and adaptable, with options for different engines, sails, and equipment.

Some of the cons of the Warrior 40 are:

  • It is heavy and slow, with low performance and speed potential.
  • It is outdated and old-fashioned, with a design that may not appeal to some modern sailors.
  • It is expensive and rare, with few boats available on the market.
  • It may require some maintenance and upgrades, depending on its condition and age.

The Warrior 40 is a boat that offers many advantages for recreational sailors and yachting enthusiasts who value comfort, safety, and durability over speed, style, and innovation. It is a boat that can take you anywhere you want to go, as long as you are not in a hurry or looking for thrills.

The above text was drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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