“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.
Builder: W.D. Schock Corporation