Price Reduction – 2007 Comar Comet 41 S


Beautifully constructed, Italian designed and built performance cruiser racer from Studio Vallicelli and Comar Yachts. Rare to the UK market, and ideally suited for club racing, offshore duties or simply family cruising. Lots of recent updates & maintenance. Located Central South Coast, ready to go!


Launched in 2007 and with just three owners from new (the first being the UK importer), ‘BATFISH V’ provides a very rare opportunity to acquire a very nicely specified and much updated example of this fast, stylish and high-quality Italian designed and built racing cruiser. She’s ideal for both racing or fast, easily managed cruising. She has a spacious and comfortable cruising interior comprising three double cabins and two heads, a spacious saloon and galley, making her ideal for shorthanded cruising/racing or family sailing, at a pace! Her updates and maintenance includes a new Volvo Penta D2-40 diesel engine in 2018 (covering little more than 300 hours since). There is a new sail drive gearbox, leg, sail drive diaphragm and Gori 3-blade folding propellor, all replaced in 2022. She has a Raymarine touchscreen chart plotter from 2018 and her rig was removed and fully inspected in 2019. Her hull skin fittings were checked in 2018. Otherwise, she has an Ullman Sails Main sail and matching roller furling genoa, both from 2019. Ready to go for more adventures and trophy chasing, whichever your preference may be.

Her specification highlights include:-
• Lightweight vacuum construction with composite bulkheads and carbon rudder and rudder stock.
• Teak to just her cockpit to reduce maintenance whilst maintaining style.
• Practical 2.20m draft lead keel optimised for performance.
• New Volvo Penta D2-40 40hp engine – 2018.
• New saildrive leg, gearbox & diaphragm – 2022.
• Gori 3-blade folding propellor – 2022.
• Rig removed and fully checked – 2019.
• New Ullman Sails mainsail and furling genoa – 2019.
• Extensive sail wardrobe.
• Replaced back stay – 2019.
• Main sail stack pack with removable lazy jacks.
• Harken deck gear package.
• 5x manual winches, plus an electric halyard/control line winch.
• Carbon spinnaker pole.
• Aluminium removable bowsprit for asymmetric sails.
• Replaced Raymarine touchscreen chart plotter.
• Replaced autopilot – 2017.
• Spacious and popular 3-cabins, 2-heads interior layout.
• Webasto heating.
• Inverter.
• Electric anchor windlass with remote control.
• Refrigerator.

Purchased by her current experienced owners in 2011, as a replacement for a trio of very successfully campaigned J-Boats, ‘BATFISH V’ has been used for both club racing and cruising, with the occasional Fastnet Race thrown in for good measure in the aid the Sail 4 Cancer charity. After 12 hugely enjoyable seasons with the boat, her owners have now decided to hang up their offshore and club racing boots and switch to a larger and more cruising focussed yacht.

‘BATFISH V’ is UK VAT Paid and available to view by prior appointment.


Great minds think alike. So when it comes to finding a niche to be exploited, it’s seldom that the idea is the preserve of just one or two companies. Of course there are size points that will always be popular — 35-36ft, 40-42ft, 45-footers and so on — but the current round of European boat shows suggest that the 40-41ft market is ripe for the taking. It’s a size range that includes everything from new semi production racer-cruisers to the ‘industry standard’ Beneteau 40.7, a real best-seller which returns a good all-round performance but lacks panache and which is getting a little long in the tooth.

The Comet 41S is a successful IMS/IRC racercruiser which fits tidily into that spectrum. Launched in Italy a couple of years ago it is wellproven, with a string of racing successes. Now it is starting to make inroads elsewhere in Europe, selling well as builders Comar expand their horizons to the export market in Spain, Scandinavia, the Benelux countries and Germany.

…The boats are hand built in a ‘proper’ yard. The company have been building yachts since 1961 and were one of the first companies to build in glassfibre. They mix modern vacuum bagged sandwich construction with genuine artisan woodworking skills. Hulls are manufactured in Airex sandwich with unidirectional and biaxial fibres and epoxy-vinyl resins. Their business, it would seem, is about taking pride in their product, rather than simply building to a price and pumping boats out the door.

…The Comets are designed by Studio Vallicelli. The 41S hull shape is pretty modern IMS by convention but with a gentle overhang to the stem and neat stern which will reduce wetted surface for the lighter Med conditions, but still produce ample power downwind when the stern sinks a little.

…The 41S has true cruising potential and there are regular reminders through the boat, including traditional features like a big forward sail locker on the foredeck. As for racing, our test boat sails off an IRC rating of 1.099 with the 106 per cent overlap headsail…. Off 1.099 at Cowes the 41S was rated 16-23 seconds an hour quicker than the IMX 40, and gained 16 seconds an hour off the First 44.7 and about 32-45 seconds off the J/133.

…Upwind the boat was easily balanced with a keen, discernible groove, and it certainly felt quick enough, tracking tidily into the puffs and holding her momentum in the lulls. With three on deck we were light for crew weight, but even at that in the bigger puffs when fully powered up it was easy to feather slightly and scrub the extra power. The balance was impressive and the helm had fingertip control at all times. There is plenty of rudder area to keep control, and while we could not induce any kind of excessive heel, there was plenty of grip going into tight manoeuvres.

…The cockpit ergonomics are excellent. There is a pleasing balance between what works for racing and for cruising. So the winches are well sited, there are nice long smooth cockpit coamings which work well for the cockpit crew when working to windward, but so too the cockpit is relatively deep and secure for family cruising with good, deep backs to the seats. And the trimmers to leeward have some decent footholds as they work. Overall you get the underlying impression that the boat is developed and finessed by builders who are enthusiastic sailors.

…Off the wind the 41S showed the same rewarding traits. Although the breeze was at the lower end of the range for our long run, the boat slipped along nicely at 7.3 to 7.5 knots with the breeze at about 120, and it appeared happy to run deep with a spinnaker area about 115sq m.

It is very hard to measure sailing performance in isolation in terms of possible race winning performance. The 41S certainly seem to stack up in terms of being a moderately stiff, easily driven boat…

….Overall it’s hard not to be impressed by the Comet 41S. You step aboard wondering ‘Why would you when there are many 40-41-footers around?’ and step off fully engaged by its subtle, very persuasive charm and good performance.

It’s a bit of a statement boat, something different for the discerning owner who does not simply want to follow the crowd. There is so much neat detailing and, for the price, quality workmanship that, for me, it stands out as virtually unique among boats I have tested over the last few years. It comes from a yard which appears to sit comfortably astride the traditional notions of craftsmanship, but still embracing what the contemporary racing sailor wants in terms of modern mid-tech build for performance and strength, well developed and refined layout and a real cruising capacity.

Yachts & Yachting Magazine – September 2012


Comar, under the name of Sipla, began its activity by producing fibreglass racing dinghies in 1961 in Forlì, Italy. In those days plastic production was at its beginning and was a pioneering enterprise.

Rina engineers (the validating agency) were shown the small vessel and kindly asked for type-approval. By validating the prototype the unaware engineers gave birth to a company that then after produced more than 4500 boats.

Sipla grew rapidly laying the foundation for popular boating in Italy: Van de Stadt’s small and habitable Meteor gave all Italians an easily manageable sailboat. The true revolution took place in 1971 with the Comet 910.

The boat was designed by Van de Stadt and a very young Finot; she was so innovative and above the lines that on the eve of her launch, with the boat already registered to take part in the Middle Sea Race, both designers called Sipla to disown authorship. The rest is history.

The Comet 910 beat the whole fleet hands down, humbling much bigger and prestigious boats. The commercial success was immediate and long lasting: almost 1000 units were produced in a 15 year time span. Thanks to the Comet 910 Sipla was able to build new plants, the most leading-edge technology factories at that time, and prepared the field for new models. After 10 years of experience the company decided to change its name to Comar and cemented its collaboration with yacht designer Finot, solidifying its success.

Ground breaking sailboats were born which were immediately welcomed by the boating community. The Comet 801, Comet 11, Comet 13 and Comet 14 were all characterized by unprecedented solutions even as far as the interiors were concerned with the salon moved to the far stern. On the water the boats were fast and comfortable, offering cutting edge deck solutions for those years like genoa and mainsail furlers and affordable pricing. In the 80s Comar’s designer team included Finot, Doug Peterson and Andrea Vallicelli. New performing and roomy boats were built with traditional waterlines but in tune with the times.

Many Comet owners decided to take part in the races of those days achieving great results. At this point Comar was well on its way in becoming Italy’s most important sailboat producer while at the same time exporting a significant number of units. In 1989 it covered an area of 43000 square meters of which 16000 covered, producing 145 boats with 160 employees and a 25 billion lira turnover. The same year the Comet 333 was chosen as the boat for the first edition of Giro d’Italia a Vela (a race circumnavigating Italy). In the 90s Comar introduced two new models: the thirteen meter Genesis 43 and the fifteen meter Phoenix, both encountering great success, so much so that they are still much sought after on the used market. The two models represented a radical change in the production line, aiming to improve quality in all sectors. New and for the time ultramodern techniques were adopted: termanto or balsa sandwich and vacuum lamination. Comar also began producing racing one-offs like Stradivario, designed by Vallicelli that won four consecutive editions of the Centomiglia del Garda.
The economic crisis at the end of the 90s affected many businesses in the nautical industry and, notwithstanding the success of the latest models, Comar was not left unscathed. Comar’s new course started in 1998 when Massimo Guardigli buys the name and technology. With the current leadership the company set new objectives. A renewed Comar pinpointed a niche in the nautical sector: the refusal of a overly standardized offer went hand in hand with the search of a personalized and high quality product which rejected the notion of a “disposable good”.

The challenge was deeply shared by all the levels of the company, from top management to the production line and dealership: to offer high quality, seaworthy and sturdy boats at a truly competitive price. The first models followed the path that had been previously left. The Comet 38, Comet 50 and Comet 65, designed by Bruce Farr and Comar’s first Maxi, came alongside to the Genesis 43. Soon after the Neapolitan yacht designer Sergio Lupoli drew two new models, the Comet 33 and the Comet 36, elegant and performing boats that reaped great successes in numerous international racing events. Once again Comet’s style and quality level was about to undergo another pivotal change. Andrea Vallicelli and Alessandro Nazareth presented a revolutionary and apparently risky design: the Comet 51 Sport, an aggressive cruiser-racer. The public’s and reviewers’ approval was immediate, thereby encouraging Comar in further infrastructure investments. The entire range was updated with the 45S and the 41S that shared the 51S’s spirit. All boats which are much loved by the owners for their design, high quality and that in the past years have confirmed excellent performances by winning many prestigious international trophies. Lately the “deck salon” models have had more and more success: the raised deckhouse and large windows make the interiors particularly luminous. Comar taps into this and creates the “Raised Salon” line which combines the functionality of a deckhouse to very sporty lines.

2007 Comar Comet 41 S ‘BATFISH V’ for sale – Now asking £105,000 UK VAT paid – full details here

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