"Best Innovation, Best Sportboat, Best Overall Boat of the
Year in 2001."
That sums it up for the Schock 40. The boat is a keen amalgam of
design innovation that equates to ease of boat handling, minimum
crew and blinding speed in an affordable package. CBTF (Canting-Ballast,
Twin-Foil) is the principal innovation. Mount an 1800 lb. Bulb at
the end of a stainless 7 ft long strut that can be electro-hydraulically
activated through 110 degrees of arc and this boat can be flattened
without 14 heavyweights thundering across the deck like spooked
cattle. Hmm, that means performance with a minimal crew, say just
4 or 5. Sail handling is simplified with an asymmetrical shute too.
With the keel canted to one side 55 degrees, the lateral resistance
comes from two high aspect foils, one fore and one aft, that are
also the Shock 40's rudders- thus the Twin-Foil in CBTF. The Schock
40 displaces only 7000 lbs. The boat is easily driven by a 15 hp,
4 stroke outboard. The outboard is mounted on a track that nestles
it horizontally when not in use. The well is sealed off with a hull
door leaving no drag below.
With a beam of 7 feet at the water line, this boat just flies.
I did a race out of the Los Angeles Yacht Club in 18 knots of breeze.
We went to weather like a freight train with only four guys on the
rail. Nor did we get soaked, thanks to the rounded shape of the
hull forward. Downwind we caught a couple of One Design 48s that
had rounded our weather mark five minutes in front of us. They were
in a different race coming in from the ocean side. They did not
like it when we caught them!
Schock 40 Specifications
Length: 40 ft
Beam: 10 ft.
Draft: 8 ft.
Displacement: 7000 lbs.
Upwind Sail Area: 884 sq. ft.
Downwind Sail Area: 1,942 sq. ft.