First Look: Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40


The Whitehaven Harbor Classic 40, with the beauty and ease of an earlier age, was characterised as revolutionary and retro. This 40ft daily boat, combining the timeless charm of a gentleman cruiser with the advantages of high-tech architecture and engineering, Barry Thompson travelled to Sydney. Whitehaven describes the Harbour Classic 40 as a thoroughly contemporary style that encompasses elegant luxury and embodies a sense of independence, pleasure and flirtation.

So what is different? The new owner stamps on the layout of Harbor Classic 40 first, and although it imitates the original closely, it is other. The fit, the finish, and the equipment list are visual and all of Whitehaven, making the ultimate luxury dayboat their latest fee. We use the term dayboat as a perfect and realistic day cruiser and a much more superior and more practical day cruiser.

Design and arrangement:

Bill Upfold designed the hull and foredeck region relatively identically. However, although the Harbour Classic 40 has a new ceiling, it still reflects the classic lines with a more streamlined and retro style. Whitehaven needed to separate the cabin and the lounge while the Espresso 40 has an open plan and no back bulkhead. It was also necessary to provide a natural flow between internal and external areas through the door and windows.


A luxurious rear deck with a fold-down sofa, a table that becomes a coffee table, two refrigerators and a lifting window provides a feeling of flow in the rear saloon and a helmet, composed of a Harbour Classic 40 layout. The head, the cooker downstairs, a slightly cosy double guest bed and then the cosy main cabin with a comfortable bed.

However, its appearance is the outstanding attraction of Harbor Classic 40 and what a piece of art it is

On the sea:

One of its kind in Australia, this Harbour Classic 40 is so new that it is impossible to belt the only 550 hour-engine.

The thrusters for the arch and heel, operated by the slender joysticks – one at the helmet and one under the cockpit – rendered it extraordinarily easy for the ship to lie even in a near and troublesome area of Darling Harbour.

The downside is that the thrusters were particularly loud – when we switched to the single-engine, the entire cruise was much more fun.

The stabiliser can also make the Classic sit pretty. You sail over slightly choppy harbour waters, and it is a boon when you have any passengers or mates who experience somewhat hesitant maritime legs.


The Harbor Classic 40 is not inexpensive, but it is unusual, and many are willing to pay over $1 million for a boat that feels and looks so unique.

As a bonus, the Classic is fun and easy to use and smooth on the water, unlike many boats, so you would be glad to sail yourself.


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