The P40 is cored below the WL down to the integral ballast. None of the boats to my knowledge have had any issues with the coring, ours included. Pearson
, now TPI, have a good reputation for good glasswork - they pioneered a lot of techniques over the years and not just in boats.
Regarding the squireliness, the original rudder
was swept aft much, hence more feel but also more power needed to steer the boat on a deep angle in medium to heavy air.This is especially true with large headsails and spinnakers.
A Mark2 rudder
addresses this problem and the boat is much tamer ( I have a picture of the new rudder in my gallery) - I believe faster also. Deep angles work well with the Cb up as there is less wetted area - the boat sails
fast, much like the P35 with the CB up, although the P35 does have a little stub keel
(to the best of my remembrance).
Upwind, the boat steers itself when the sails are balanced - no real need for an autopilot
. We do use our windvane
, hence upwind when conditions are a bit bouncy though.
Deck coring is typical of many other boats (including the P35) and there are potential problems if hardware
is not properly bedded/sealed down.
Prices for the boats are Really reasonable, especially if one is quite handy to perform repair/upgrades him/herself.
Any other comments/questions I would be happy to answer to the best of my knowledge.