Reliant Yachts | Press Release: The Reliant Yachts Commuter 40
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Press Release: The Reliant Yachts Commuter 40

Home-Page-2Reliant Yachts’ most recent launch, the Commuter 40, joins seven other Reliant power boats, including a 43, 50 and 60 express; and a 50, 60, 75 and 93 motoryacht (Reliant also has a full line of sailing yachts). While each boat is different – every owner has great leeway on layout and configuration – all share common traits: craftsmanship, attention to detail, and performance. “The owner works with the entire team from day one in the building process. There is a special relationship that forms throughout, right up to the launch and christening. It’s quite meaningful for everybody,” explains Jim Ewing, who along with partner David MacFarlane (they previously worked together at Alden Yachts) formed Reliant in 2015.

The new Commuter 40 exemplifies Reliant Yachts’ commitment to a standard of excellence in the tradition of MacFarlane and Ewing’s collaboration at Alden. “We paid a great deal of attention to scale and proportion, which is a pre-condition to any quality design. From the relationship of the cabin house to the amount of freeboard, the size of the foredeck, the roof overhangs, and the rake of the windshield, nothing is by chance,” states Ewing. “It is our overriding philosophy that every build will be treated with the attention of a custom yacht, yet the price point will remain competitive with many production yachts.”

Though the Commuter 40 is the smallest in the Reliant fleet, care was taken to provide comfortable, if not suprisingly large, living space. There is a full centerline queen master stateroom forward with a full bulkhead and door – no V-berths open to the saloon here. Next aft and to port is a full galley with marble counters, electric stove, a high gloss stainless steel sink with ample storage outboard, and convection microwave oven. Refrigeration and pantry storage is opposite along the midship bulkhead, with room for a full height refrigerator if desired by the customer. Next to starboard is the head – and perhaps no space on the boat has received more comments – with marble counters, high gloss stainless steel sink, fresh water electric flush toilet, and a very large, full height, full width, human-sized shower with seating and a glass door. This is a proper shower, not a closet with a sprayer and a drain.

The 40 is powered by Yanmar 8LV-320 8 cylinder turbo engines – also available at 370HP. Though the beam on the 40 is relatively narrow compared to many of the “condo” style express boats, the benefit is realized in the performance. A very comfortable 24-knot cruise, a high end of 30 knots, and a gallon per mile burn rate for both engines combined – so 24 gallons are burned to travel 24 miles in one hour, a very nice perk.

Macfarlane states, “We are extremely pleased with our first boat, and more importantly, so is the owner. We are very excited about our prospects over the next few years, and feel we can set a new standard of excellence with our yachts at a very competitive price.”

LOA: 40′ 3″
LOA Swim Platform: 42′ 9″
Beam: 11′ 3″
Draft Hull: 2′ 6″
Draft Prop: 3′ 7″
Displacement: 16,800 lbs
Power: 2) Yanmar 8LV-320 320HP 8 Cylinder Turbo
Fuel: 290 gal.
Water: 80 gal.

For more information, contact Jim Ewing at, David MacFarlane at, or visit them on the web at