New Listing – 2012 McConaghy Ker 40


Arguably one of most recognisable of all the Ker 40’s launched. Successfully campaigned in the US and Europe as CATAPULT and then ANTIX, CIPPA LIPPA ROSSA is now in her third ownership and has been unused since 2018. A very special boat!


Originally launched as CATAPULT and campaigned successfully under IRC in the USA before arriving in the UK where she raced successfully under Irish ownership as ANTIX, CIPPA LIPPA ROSSA moved into her third and current ownership for the 2018 seasons and following one season of use, was professionally laid up and shrink-wrapped at the end of the 2018 season and has remained so ever since.

Heavily optimised throughout the Ker 40 lifecycle including fitment of a deeper Mk2 keel with stainless steel fin and lead torpedo bulb, and upgraded bowsprit to allow higher-load reaching sails, CIPPA LIPPA ROSSA has the potential to beat much newer designs over the water and under handicap.


In 2010 Ker Design and McConaghy Boats teamed up for the first time to produce the Ker 40. From the outset the design was extremely successful, and quickly proved that light 40 foot race boat could successfully compete against their heavier weight cruiser-racer cousins in a range of conditions including windward leeward racing.


A development of the Ker 11.5, the Ker 40 is an IRC optimised offshore racer built by McConaghy Boats to production volumes aimed at keeping the price sensible, with designer Jason Ker estimating a saving of 50 per cent compared to a similar one-off custom boat…

…Arguably the most impressive thing about this new boat is its power-to-weight ratio, with the Ker 40 tipping the scales at a relatively lightweight 4800kg. Combine this with fact that 2.4 tons is in the lead T-bulb keel, so it’s not surprising that stability is good, with a ratio of 144 degrees. The epoxy hull looks exceptionally strong with closely located bulkheads, smoothly finished; enhanced by two- and three-inch longitudinal stringers along the sides and keel line. Further strengthening around the keel and mast is through an alloy frame. Construction of hull and deck is done through vacuum infusion, using e-glass and epoxy covered foam sandwich…

… It didn’t take a lot of effort to push the Ker 40 towards double-digit speeds in the breeze. With nimble handling, it made the Ker feel like a big dinghy, tacking also proved speedy and the pathway between helms easily navigated, while a quick tug of the footplate allowed an even stance at the helm as well.
Off the wind, on a beam reach in 18kts, the B&Gs showed 12kts boat speed. But things heated up dramatically. In fact, rather too dramatically, nearly running out of runway at Bradley’s Head after a gust caught us with fractional asymmetric kite up in 20-plus-knots of wind. Boat speed reached 15.5kts in the 21-knot breeze, the Ker surfing along like it was in the middle of Bass Strait, before bearing away and dousing the kite to hoist the number one jib – easily done with all lines running aft…

…Overall, the Ker 40 impresses with inshore and offshore potential, and as the game show hosts say, “The price is right.”

Words courtesy of Tradeaboat – Australia

2012 McConaghy Ker 40 – CIPPA LIPPA ROSSA – Asking Euro 200,000 EU VAT paid – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us

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