My test vessel was also equipped with a joystick control system, which is standard on the M40. I’ve had the opportunity to handle a variety of pod-type and jet-drive-stick systems over the years and noted that this sterndrive one is quite robust.
There are two settings for the sterndrive, each one with a particular rpm limit set at the touch of a button on the base of the stick. In my past experiences, I preferred to go with the higher setting more times than not because I like knowing I can really lean into it when I want it or need it to counter wind and/or current. I started off on the M40 with the system settled in at the higher rpm position out of habit, but I soon found myself overcompensating on input. (See “Trying Too Hard” in the July issue.) I decided to bring it back to the lower rpm setting, which reduced my initial monkey moves.
One thing that falls into place without any adjustment is the M40’s layout, both on the bridge deck and belowdecks. With her starboard-side U-shape cockpit seating area for six to eight guests within reach of the wet bar, two more seating areas a step away and the helm forward all within earshot, this is an alfresco setup for days and nights on the hook with friends (and maybe some rum too). Pull back that retractable soft top (the ST in M40 ST), and everyone can work on a tan while under way.