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1978 Palmer Johnson New York 40

location icon Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
Year 1978
Length 40 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Palmer Johnson

The New York 40 (NY 40) was commissioned by the New York Yacht Club as a one-design performance racer/cruiser class.  Designed by Doug Peterson, reportedly 21 were built between 1977 and 1979.  They are still competitive, and one of the photos accompanying this listing shows two competing side-by-side in this year's FIGAWI race.  The NY 40 is a powerful sailer upwind but enjoys excellent light air performance.  The interior plan is comfortable, sleeping eight, if necessary but very comfortable for two couples in two private cabins.

BLIXTAR (Ex "JUBILATION") has enjoyed excellent ownership over the years and has been thoughtfully upgraded. Her care is evident, and she shows beautifully,  She received a fresh navy blue Awlgrip in 2020 as well as all new rod rigging and a new backstay. She has been hauled for the winter and may be easily seen.


Year Built 1978
Category Sail
Length Overall 39'6 ft
Beam 12'10 ft
Max Draft 7'2 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID NEX400100378-9
Keel Fin Keel
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 40 hp
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 25 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Aluminum
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 100 gal
Water Tank Mat. Stainless Steel
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 20 gal
Ballast 6,800 lb
Displacement 18,500 lb

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Yanmar
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 40hp
Year: 2008
Engine Hours: 600

Sleeps eight.  V berth forward, enclosed head with Vacu-Flush toilet with new holding tank and hoses (2018), vanity and handheld shower next aft to port, hanging locker opposite to starboard.  Main cabin features settees port and starboard with pilot berths outboard of each of the settees.  Settee cushions in main cabin new in 2018. Centerline teak table with two leaves and storage for wine or liquor bottles.  U-shaped galley next aft to port, navigator's station opposite to starboard.  Private aft cabin with berths port and starboard. Entire cabin lined with ash ceilings inside hull. Teak cabin sole. Headliner new 2010. 


U-shaped galley features Force 10 stainless steel, gimballed, propane three-burner stove with oven (gas lines replaced in 2007), double stainless steel sinks, hot and cold pressurized water, and ice box. Hot water heater/tank new 2009.


12 volt DC and 110 volt AC dockside system. 12 volt system powered by one Group 24 12 volt engine starting battery and a two bank, four-battery house system with two 12 volt batteries in each bank, one bank consisting of Group 24 batteries, the other of Group 27 batteries. Battery selector switch. Tru Charge 110 volt to 12 volt converter/battery charger. APC Energy Monitor II. Mast was rewired in 2008. Foredeck light.

Electronics and Navigation

Raytheon R70 radar with stern pole-mounted antenna and display at nav station, Garmin Echomap 50S 5" color GPS/chartplotter on pedestal guard, Raymarine below deck autopilot (2015), Raymarine mn 100-2 (TackTick) wireless apparent wind direction/windspeed indicator in cockpit, Datamarine 2700 depthsounder mounted at nav station, Icom IC-M422 VHF radio transceiver, Ritchie binnacle-mounted compass, two Ritchie coaming-mounted tacking compasses.

Engine and Mechanical

Yanmar 40 horsepower freshwater-cooled diesel installed new in 2008 along with new ZF-Drive transmission, instrument panel, engine mounts, cutlass bearing, fuel filter assembly, and propeller shaft. Engine was removed and reinstalled with a dripless shaft seal in 2013 by the Concordia Company in So. Dartmouth, MA. MaxProp feathering bronze propeller. Aluminum fuel tank (2004). New fuel tank vent and return hoses (2008), New rudder bearings, top and bottom (2009).

Hull and Deck

Fin keel, spade rudder. Flag blue Awlgrip topsides (1998), red boot stripe, red bottom. Bottom taken down to gelccoat in 2010 and barrier coated with Interprotect system. Edson pedestal wheel steering, new cables and chain in 2008. Double lifelines. Starboard boarding gate. Two opening ports in aft cabin, three overhead opening Bomar hatches. Anodized aluminum toe rail. Toerail and deck hardware were rebedded in 2010.

Sails and Rigging

Keel stepped painted mast and boom with two sets of spreaders. Fully-battened dacron DiMattia mainsail (2012) in very good condition, Antal luff system, cruising jib, 110% roller-furling genoa in good condition, 135% roller-furling genoa in fair condition, 155% light air genoa in good+ condition, 155% heavy air genoa in good+ condition, 3/4 oz. Shore triradial spinnaker, Hathaway storm jib and storm trisail, numerous bloopers, drifters, and other miscellaneous sails. Lazy jacks (not installed). Furlex 300S furling system for headsails. Spinnaker pole and gear. Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster and boom vang. Rod rigging. Harken mainsheet traveller and mainsheet tackle. Lewmar winch inventory includes 11 winches including two #58 self-tailing primary genoa sheet winches, two Lewmar #55 three-speed secondary winches, five #40 deck-mounted halyard winches, two #16 self-tailing deck-mounted winches.

Additional Inventory

Racing dodger, cruising dodger, bimini (bimini not installed), stainless steel swim ladder, cockpit shower, cockpit cushions, teak cockpit table and drink holder, Danforth anchor with chain and nylon rode, Lifesling 2, Alpine stereo/CD player with two CombiSound speakers in main cabin and two Bose speakers (2009) in cockpit, automatic electric bilge pump (2005), docklines, fenders, boat hook, four buoyant cushions, ensign and staff.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Additional Contact Information

For further information, please contact John L. Procter, CPYB:

Office:  781-749-1645

Toll-free:  781-214-3632

Cell phone:  617-694-8455