The Amber 40 is a Rob Humphreys designed performance cruiser, built to a very high standard in strip-planked wood/epoxy. This yacht has cruised the Mediterranean and completed two transatlantic circuits, yet remains in good condition, as befits her very high original quality build and specification.
3 plus saloon
Yanmar 3JH diesel
Epoxy-sheathed cast iron fin keel and full length skeg hung rudder
Amber 40s are built with custom layouts by MB Yachts. The hulls are WEST system wood epoxy Douglas Fir strip-plank, with glass sheathing externally and internally on the hull and topsides.
The design is intended as a fast cruiser capable of blue water cruising, with an elegant and attractive hull combined with good handling. This example has an extended coachroof - the sailplan at left from MB Yachts brochure shows the standard coachroof.
She is moderately high displacement by modern standards, with good load carrying capacity, and a fin and skeg underwater configuration to give good manoeuvrability and a well protected rudder.
Internally, the layout provides good seagoing accommodation,
with a very traditional feel to the accommodation. The wood-epoxy hull provides good insulation, and the varnished strip-planks are an attractive part of the interior fit-out in fore and aft cabins. Cabin fit-out is in satin varnished teak and teak-faced marine ply, with teak floorboards and a burl walnut inlaid saloon table. The galley and heads worktops are in Avonite - a material similar to Corian.
The WEST epoxy Douglas Fir strip-planked hull is externally sheathed with 2 layers of 600g/sqm biaxial cloth and one layer of 300g/sqm twill to minimise print through. The hull is also sheathed with GRP internally, the internal laminate being at least 3,000g/sqm at the base tapering upwards at 100mm increments. The main bulkheads are 18mm marine ply filleted and bonded to hull with 2 layers of 600g/sqm glass cloth. The deck and superstructure is laminated ¾” ply sheathed with 600g/sqm woven glass cloth.
All external surfaces are filled with epoxy and sprayed with 2 pack polyurethane.
Forward, there is a double berth forecabin and a two-berth Pullman-style passage cabin to starboard,
with a small heads compartment to port
Below - accommodation plan - not to scale
The larger heads compartment is aft of the galley to starboard. This heads has a holding tank
The hull is built of epoxy-glued Douglas Fir strip-planks, varnished internally and finished in glass cloth externally and internally. Where strip-plank is visible in the forecabin and aft cabin, as seen at right, this is an additional layer added inside the internal laminate for decorative and insulation purposes.
The photo below from the builders brochure shows a hull before glass-covering
She is masthead cutter rigged, but can be sailed as a sloop, with the staysail reserved as a heavy weather sail
The side leaves of the cockpit table are removed and stowed below,
and the Hydrovane self-steering vanes are removed and the mechanism covered.
2 x Jabsco marine WCs, shower and holding tank in aft heads
are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject
to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.
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