February 3, 2010

Projects: San Juan SJ40ST, San Juan SJ40

San Juan continue to upgrade their range and present two important projects. These two new projects will fit at the centre of the nine model range from San Juan and are based on the SJ38 and the SJ40FB hulls, with identical length and beam, but a different propulsion set up. Both the new SJ40ST, and SJ40 will in fact be offered with the Volvo IPS forward looking pod propulsion, with 500 series giving 370hp each as standard. San Juan has released no interior plans, so we don't know if San Juan is offering a more spacious lower deck on these new 40 models. The SJ40FB with flybridge but shaft powered has accommodation below of a single owners cabin to fore, separate shower head, and a galley. The 38 has a V-shaped berth forward, separate shower head, L-shaped galley and a double cabin mid ship layout. The above pictures shows the SJ40ST, this last two letters meaning for soft top. This will be an open coupe version, coupled to San Juan traditional lined hull which give it big picnic boat looks thanks to the forty feet size. The on top San Juan SJ40 continues the twelve year old Washington boat builder expansion. From this rendering the SJ40 has very similar looks to the nice Traditional Cruiser that is the SJ48. Based on the 38 and 40 hull, the standard SJ40 is an enclosed hard top lobster looks design, and just like the ST version will be powered by twin Volvo forward looking IPS500 pods at 370hp each. San Juan is estimating speeds above 30 knots from both of the designs with this new propulsion set up. Of particular interest in the SJ40 is also what looks like a more enclosed extended hard top versus the 38, giving the feeling of better all weather usage.