Neo430. Full carbon all arounder

Neo430 is a no compromise sailboat: top performance on all angles and wind speeds, light, offshore strong, with top quality comfortable interiors.

Designed by Giovanni Ceccarelli and built by Neo Yachts in Italy without any compromise. Light and strong full carbon structure, all interior elements  made of carbon and of course structural, very powerful sailplan with super long bowsprit, 3m deep lead keel with bulb, double rudders…All that with a comfortable interior and exterior that offers great cruising while being ready for high end offshore racing.

No cutting corners, top quality and full carbon everywhere!



The brief was simple to define but actually difficult to implement: be fast on all angles, in both light and strong winds.
The result is impressive :  gliding faster than the wind for up to 7kts of TWS and when the wind picks up the boat can easily and safely do max speeds well over 20kts!
This is how it is possible:
Super powered:
  • Sail area /Displacement2/3 =  36.04 for upwind (D=5.7t, Upwind SA = 115m² )
  • Sail area /Displacement2/3 = 72.08 for downwind. (D=5.7t,  Downwind SA=230 m²)

Optimized hull & keel:

  • Flat hull shape optimized for planing both upwind and downwind
  • Minimized whetted surface for light wind and upwind performance
  • Voluminous front sections for more power
  • Pronounced rocker => minimal drag in light airs + bow up when sailing downwind in strong breeze
  • 3m deep lead keel with bulb

Super long bow sprit:

  • Carries big reaching and downwind sails at a big distance from the bow
  • Allows efficient simultaneous use of a jib together with a Code0 or an asymmetric spi



Interior and exterior that is focused on both performance and comfort:

  • The aft cabins each have a 3rd racing bunk and the double beds have independently inclining boards allowing 3 racing crew members to sleep on the windward side during long offshore races.  
  • Interior table can be mounted either inside or outside as cockpit table and can be stored away when racing
  • Double bathrooms with electric wc at the aft part of the boat, allowing access even during sailing
  • Big kitchen on both sides of the boat, allowing 2 persons to cook simultaneously
  • Excellent ventilation. Aft cabins have 3 hatches each
  • Total sleeping capacity: 10 persons
  • Clean and unobstructed cockpit
  • Comfortable cockpit bunks and large flat surfaces for sunbathing
  • Cockpit shower with hot water


Sailing fast does not have to be uncomfortable!


Absolute safety. Sail relaxed, feel and be safe at all times, no compromise on that! Safety comes from 5 basic characteristics: Robust structure, Stability, Offshore design, Speed potential

Robust structure:

  • Full carbon hull and deck reinforced both longitudinally and transversally
  • All bulkheads and furniture are structurally integrated
  • Extra reinforcement on highly stressed areas of hull and deck (winches, rudder pits, engine etc.)


  • Very low center of gravity – below the hull. 2.5 out of the 2.85tons of total keel weight,  located at the lowest part from -2.4m to -3.0m.
  • Keel/Displacement ratio is at 2.85/5.7=50.0% (most cruising yachts have <30% , most racer/cruisers are rarely above 35%)
  • Significant righting moment
    • Form stability (4.1m beam with voluminous front sections)
    • 3.0m deep keel
    • max righting moment of 6.5tm @ 45o or equivalently max righting arm of 1.09m (Most racer/cruisers are rarely above 0.8m…)
    • AVS (angle of vanishing stability) = 115o
  • Twin rudders inclined to leeward.
    • Always a rudder fully submerged for control.
    • Rudder stands ~vertical when sailing=> no hydrodynamic lift => steering is always soft and responsive
    • When downwind both the rudders in the water => extra stability.
    • When upwind only one of the rudders remains submerged => reduced drag


  • Buoyancy foam below front and aft cabins
  • Watertight aft and bow crash compartments

Offshore design:

  • All controls and manoeuvres are cockpit lead.
  • All winches are close to the cockpit’s central axis. The crew does not have to lean towards the yacht’s extremity for monoeuvring
  • Cockpit table folds and becomes a long inox handle with rounded edges to protect the crew
  • Banks protect from incoming waves
  • Open aft section for immediate drainage in case a wave breaks into the cockpit.
  • Life-raft is stored permanently within the cockpit for immediate access and safe deployment in case of emergency

Speed: Being fast is an element of safety per se:

  • reach shelter quickly
  • escape from a weather front

Technical Specifications


Hull,  deck & rigging  
 Length overall 13.06m
Max beam 4.06m
Draft 3.0m
Light displacement 5.7t
Mast Carbon
Boom Carbon
Bowsprit Carbon, fixed
Steering system Twin rudders, Twin Wheels
Motor Yanmar 40HP
Propeller 2-blade folding
Navigation Category  ISO 12217 A


Mainsail Square top 62 m²
Genoa 45 m²
Staysail on removable stay 30m²
Asymmetric spinnaker A2 170 m²
Asymmetric spinnaker A5 120 m²
Gennaker/Code 0 90 m²


Interiors / Amenities  
Total sleeping capacity: 10 persons
Two double cabins with 3rd racing bunk aft  
One double cabin at the bow  
Two single beds in saloon  
WC with shower 2