Malo 40 • Based on Orust Island in Sweden, a stone’s throw from where Najad and Hallberg-Rassy got their start, Malö Yachts has been building sailboats since 1939, and fishing boats for generations before that. The hardy North Sea conditions that shaped the coastline seem to have made their mark on this trio known for their seaworthy yachts. And Malö is no exception, boasting ocean-crossers and circumnavigators among its fleet.
After a decade of proven performance by the 39, Malö has upgraded the design and replaced it with the Malö 40 featuring a longer waterline and more beam carried farther aft for subtly more living space in the already commodious interior. The 40 features Malö’s characteristic choice of transoms (the standard reverse transom or the classic raked transom), Tanga mainsheet arch that keeps the mainsheet and traveler safely out of the cockpit, but easy to access, as well as a fixed curved windscreen.
The standard layout offers two cabins, one head, a nav station to starboard, an L-shaped galley opposite, a saloon settee that can be converted to a sea berth and plenty of storage space for lengthy cruises or blue-water passages. However, building 35 to 40 boats a year, Malö is able to adapt the layout to the owners’ delight, allowing for semi-custom production on a boat that is well-founded to take you far afield.