Review of Allures 40.9

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Allures 40.9 is a large sailboat designed by the French maritime architect bureau Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design in the late 2010.

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The hull is made of aluminium. Aluminum is strong and forgiving. Where an impact on a fiberglass hull will result in major gelcoat damage and possible cracking, an aluminum hull will probably only have a scratch or a small bend. The only concern is electrolysis. Ensure that you have proper sacrificial anodes installed.


The boat is equipped with 329.0 liter fresh water capacity.


The boat equipped with a fractional rig. A fractional rig has smaller headsails which make tacking easier, which is an advantage for cruisers and racers, of course. The downside is that having the wind from behind often requires a genaker or a spinnaker for optimal speed.


The Allures 40.9 is equipped with a centerboard keel. A centerboard keel is a pivoting lifting keel, allowing to sail both coastal and inland waters.

The boat can enter even shallow marinas as the draft is just about 1.06 - 1.16 meter (3.48 - 3.78 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Stability and Safety

What is Capsize Screening Formula (CSF)?

The capsize screening value for Allures 40.9 is 1.89, indicating that this boat could - if evaluated by this formula alone - be accepted to participate in ocean races.

Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed

What is Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed?

The theoretical maximal speed of a displacement boat of this length is 8.1 knots. The term "Theoretical Maximum Hull Speed" is widely used even though a boat can sail faster. The term shall be interpreted as above the theoretical speed a great additional power is necessary for a small gain in speed.

Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Allures 40.9 is about 312 kg/cm, alternatively 1750 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 312 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 1750 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

Motion Comfort Ratio

What is Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR)?

The Motion Comfort Ratio for Allures 40.9 is 30.0.

Low High 50% 0 50 100
Comparing this ratio with similar sailboats show that it is more comfortable than 50% of all similar sailboat designs. This is an average comfort value!

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Allures 40.9 is 2.98.

Slim Wide 82% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is more spacy than 82% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a significantly more spacy hull design.

Ballast Ratio

What is a Ballast Ratio?

The ballast ratio for Allures 40.9 is 38%.

Low High 42% 0 50 100
This ballast ratio shows a righting moment that is higher than 42% of all similar sailboat designs. A righting moment (ability to resist heeling) just below average.

D/L (Displacement Length Ratio)

What is Displacement Length Ratio?

The DL-ratio for Allures 40.9 is 213 which categorizes this boat among 'light crusers & offshore racers'.

Heavy Light 66% 0 50 100
66% of all similar sailboat designs are categorized as heavier. A light displacement requires less sailarea and has higher accellerations.

SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)

What is SA/D (Sail Area Displacement ratio)?

The SA/D for Allures 40.9 with ISO 8666 reference sail is 15.3, with a 135% genua the SA/D is 17.9.

Low High 24% 0 50 100
The SA/D ratio indicates that it is faster than 24% of all similar sailboat designs in light wind.

Over- / underrigged

Low High 7% 0 50 100
The Allures 40.9 has more rig than 7% of all similar sailboats, which indicates that the boat is significantly underrigged.


Bottom Paint

When buying anti-fouling bottom paint, it's nice to know how much to buy. The surface of the wet bottom is about 58m2 (624 ft2).
Based on this, your favourite maritime shop can tell you the quantity you need.

Note: If you use a paint roller you will need more paint than if you use a paintbrush.


Dimensions of sail for fractional rig.

mainsail specifications headsail specifications

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If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

Guiding dimensions of running rig
Mainsail halyard 39.1 m(128.3 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Jib/genoa halyard39.1 m(128.3 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Spinnaker halyard39.1 m(128.3 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Jib sheet 12.4 m(40.6 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Genoa sheet12.4 m(40.6 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Mainsheet 30.9 m(101.4 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Spinnaker sheet27.2 m(89.2 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Cunningham5.0 m(16.4 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Kickingstrap10.0 m(32.8 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)
Clew-outhaul10.0 m(32.8 feet)12 mm(1/2 inch)

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