Hi All, Been lurking on the forum for a long time and have absorbed a tremendous amount of information. I'm traveling to view a Challenger 40 for sale
next week and wanted to see if anyone had info on this boat. I've completely exhausted CF as well as google
and I've only been able to turn up minimal data about the 40. There's Great info on the Anacapas and other challenger boats (35,32, etc) but info on the 40 seems difficult to produce. It's to be excpected....from what i understand there were only 50 of them made. I feel like I've done my homework individually, and I now need to branch out and see if I can connect with others to expand my knowledge.
My intent is to purchase
a solid Hull
that is structurally sound and has the foundatiuon to be a good bluewater boat with the appropriate upgrades. Would serve as a coastal cruiser (PNW) in the meantime (first couple years). I have no issue upgrading the boat as time and money
allows, but I want to make sure I'm starting with something worth upgrading. My understanding is that these boats were overbuilt and very solid.....thick fiberglass
, heavy displacement
, gtoo tankage, and a modified full keel
. And the headroom
factor is a huge plus as I am 6'4"
Seems to me that this is an under-represented design due to it's age and low production numbers.
What say you?