About Coralee

Coralle is a Camper & Nicholson 40AC, a 40′ (12.2m) ketch yacht built by C&N in Gosport, UK in 1983.  She is no. 15 of 20 constructed and is of a solid GRP hull construction and endgrain balsa core deck.  Her profile is a long fin keel with 3/4 skeg rudder.  She has a secondary forestay (not an inner-forestay), allowing me to fly a hanked-on headsail when not using the furling genoa.


LOA        40′        (12.2m)
LWL        30’6″   (9.3m)
Beam      11’6″    (3.5m)
Draft       5’9″     (1.75m)
Rig           Masthead ketch


Coralee came with: furling genoa, main, mizzen, working jib, storm jib, trysail (storm main), cruising shoot, and mizzen blooper.  To date, I’ve only flown the main and genoa so I look forward to trying the others out during my shake-down sails.

Water, fuel, and engine

Water:  100 gals, 120 (US) gals, 454 litres
Fuel:      54 gals, 65 (US) gals, 246 litres
I haven’t checked those volumes but I will be checking them as best I can, especially the water.  Coralee is well equipped with tanks and on current plans I’m not planning on taking a water-maker.  I will need to fit a holding tank for the heads and finding space for it under the boards is proving tricky.

The engine is a 2002 Beta Marine 56hp diesel which is strangely reverse-mounted making fan belt checks difficult; the gear-box was replaced in 2005 and so should be good for a number of years.