Our First Take: I have to admit the first time I saw this boat I found her lines little jarring. But after having the opportunity to test her in Stockholm recently, I completely changed my tune. These lines are functional, futuristic, and cool as hell.
The Delta 400 is a design-forward boat with performance numbers that will get just about anyone’s adrenaline up. Her lines, most notable for the reverse pilothouse windshield, are inspired by traditional Swedish workboats, but ironically also make her look undeniably modern, to my eye—particularly when coupled with her low-slung profile.
Her single-step, monocoque hull offers a cushy ride while simultaneously maintaining torsional rigidity that you can feel. Though Delta is famous for building carbon boats—its 54 and 88 are fully carbon—this boat is actually vinylester-resin infused glass and cored with divinycell. Underway, the Delta needs every ounce of the strength her build process provides. With twin 370-horsepower Volvo Penta D6s churning away beneath her sole she can hit a blistering top hop of 46 knots, and a cruise of about 39. And I can attest from personal experience that that stepped hull grabs at the water at those speeds, deftly slicing through any chop you may encounter, and landing softly off the peaks.
The boat has a three-stateroom layout. The most interesting of those staterooms is one positioned aft, near the doorway to the cockpit, and to port. Though headroom is low, it’s rather large, and separated from the more traditional cabins forward, so the grownups can get some privacy if they have the kids aboard.
What you get with the Delta 400 is a well-thought-out, sharp-looking vessel that’s an absolute blast to drive. I think once she hits the U.S. market later this year, those traits should serve her very, very well.
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- Builder: Delta Powerboats
- Model: Delta 400
- Boat Type: Cruiser
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: $561,261
- LOA: 42'0"
- Draft: 2'8"
- Beam: 11'9"
- Displacement: 14,400 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 211 gal.
- Water Capacity: 26 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/300-hp Volvo Penta D4s; 2/370-hp Volvo Penta D6s
- Cruise speed: 39 knots
- Top speed: 46 knots
This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.