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The Humphreys custom 40 Alisara
The Humphreys custom 40 Alisara
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Alisara's centre cockpit
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Navigation station/office below cockpit to starboard
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Saloon and gallery with lifting keel case in between
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Aft cabin
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Forward cabin with double berth to port and bunk to starboard
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Alisara's gallery
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Built by Steve Etheridge for Lymington-based owner John de Trafford, this cruising sailboat was designed and constructed to a very specific brief, requiring that she be both fast and yet have the ability to expolre shallow creeks. In the interests of performance and easy handling the mainsail is fully-battened, the non-overlapping jib is flown from its own boom, and the boat has a retractable bowsprit for asymmetric spinnakers and a light air drifter. The mast itself is a free-standing, rotating wing, removing the drag of rigging.

Below the waterline the boat is fitted with a hydraulically lifting keel which, when fully raised, allows her to sit – fully stable – on the keel base plus her twin rudders while she waits for the tide to come back in.

Visually her lines are smooth and elegant, with the absence of the usual rigging giving her a very clean and streamlined aspect. There is an unusually large afterdeck for a boat of this size, perfect for relaxing when in harbour or at anchor, and berths for six. The overall result is a powerful but practical yacht for tidal waters such as those found on the south coast of the UK.