Pacer 400

The Pacer 400 is offered in the following models:

CR - Vinylester Cruiser
EP - Epoxy Cruiser Racer (premium finishes)
R - Epoxy Regatta Boat

The Pacer 400 from the Pacer 376 in that she does not have the hard chines of the '376. She has a completely different hull shape, whilst the proven general deck design layout of the '376 has been retained.

Her coachroof arrangement is different, offering a different treatment of the halyards and controls leading back to the cockpit, and the addition of a saloon to deck opening hatch for those hot summer nights.

The deckgear arrangement is optimised for performance and shorthanded sailing.

The cockpit is spacious and the interior offers a modern, clean look, with the beautiful trims and comforts afforded the Pacer 376.

Main difference below decks, with the private owners cabin and direct access to the heads from the saloon, so affording privacy in the forepeak cabin.

A beautiful blend of joinery and clean-looking modules below decks create a contemporary look and feel. The fully equipped 'L' shaped Galley offers everything at hand, together with ample stowage. The dedicated Navigation Station with desk and distribution board and instrument panel close at hand is adjacent to the Galley, whilst the saloon is spacious with folding saloon table, grab-handles in the correct positions, offering easy access to the fwd private double berth cabin, or heads.


Type:Pacer 400 (CR) (E) (R)
Designer:Simonis Voogd Designs
Length Overall:12.04
Length of Waterline:11.03
Construction material:Polyester Foam/Balsa Composite


North Sails Mainsail crosscut Dacron 430 with two reefing points, two full battens and 2 short battens – with a non backstay-overlapping roach.
North Sails Jib, 108%, 8.4oz Premium Nordac.
SAIL AREAS (Std Rig and Sail Plan)

Mainsail 48.6m
Code 1 Jib 36m2
Spinnaker Masthead 120m2
P 15.4m
E 5.25m
I 15.32m
J 4.3m

Standard Specifications:


The Pacer 400 is built in accordance with CE-Certification and meets the requirement for Cat A (ocean) for recreational craft.


Pacer 400 R and EP: The Hull is built using vacuum bagged hand lay-up before the hardening process starts, and is post cured after it has left the mould. The laminated construction consists of hydrolysis - proof epoxy resin, multidirectional fabrics and foam as sandwich material. Internally the laminate is sealed using topcoat.
Pacer 400 CR: Hull and Decks in Vinylester composites.


The Deck and Hull are bonded together using epoxy, providing a neat joint. The laminated construction consists of hydrolysis-proof epoxy resin, multidirectional fabrics and predominantly foam core with end-grain balsa used in certain areas.

In addition to Aluminium reinforcements laminated into the deck for the standard deck layout, Hard spots for post O.E.M fitment of deckgear are integrated in the deck.

The Pacer 400 offers a factory developed non-skid surface which is white in colour.
The Pacer 400 CR has a Vinylester composite Deck.


Stainless steel Pushpits and Pulpit are fitted, together with 610mm stainless steel stanchions with two safety wires, the bottom-most raised slightly to aid hiking.


The deck has an integrated toe rail extending from bow to mast.


With ease of use, maintenance and cleaning in mind, the Pacer 400 employs the use of GRP moulded interior modules, interior hull liners where applicable offering superior finishes, and a full-length ceiling liner with integrated down-lighting.

Structural integrity is assured via marine-plywood bulkheads, each bonded to hull and deck.

The joinery is of the highest quality light Cherrywood or Steam Beech with a matt protector finish. There is a good balance between functionality and aesthetics.

The floorboards are Marine Plywood finished with a hardwearing Walnut composite material.

Pacer 400 R:
Bulkheads and Flooring utilize epoxy composite components for strength and low weight. All joinery is cored with a lightweight material to reduce the overall weight of the boat. The interior modules are also produced in light but strong composite materials. Headliners and inner hull lining is optional as painted or cladded.

The washboards consist of a two-piece translucent removable system, which when in place locks to the translucent sliding cover. A stainless steel sill protector leads you down the ladder/stairs which are integrated into the engine cover.

Engine Cover:
GRP moulded unit with sound damping, fixes to rear bulkhead, light and easily removable for excellent access to the engine.

Aft Cabins:

The Starboard Aft Cabin is a fully enclosed Private Facility, and there is an option to convert the Port Aft cabin to an enclosed Private cabin as well. Both cabins offer double berths with lockers positioned against the back bulkheads and ceiling. Optional shelving available fitted to the midships cabin devider. Lighting in the form of bulkhead adjustable spots for reading. Hull liner gives a smooth easy-wipe finish, and ceiling liner screens all through-deck fittings. High density Mattresses are covered in removable wear resistant fabric.
Natural light and fresh air is accessible through a port light which opens to the cockpit.

Positioned on Port at the foot of the companionway, the Galley is L shaped to offer best sea-going attributes. Fitted with a single deep stainless steel sink, pressurized cold water with faucet as standard and hot and cold as an upgrade. The 41ltr compressor cold box has a hinged lid with recessed fold-down handle. The worktop is finished in a composite worktop and has a solid light Cherrywood fiddle on all sides. A 2 plate, semi-gimbaled, stove with oven, is fitted as standard. Lockers for pots, pans and victuals are located above the worktop, with lockers under of which one includes an integrated waste bag holder.

Navigation Station:
Adjacent to the galley and positioned fwd of a wet-locker which is ideally positioned at the foot of the companionway, is the Chart Table and Nav Station. With its own seat (locker under) the desk has an opening lid, and fiddles. The Panel for instrumentation and Electrical Switchboard is located at head-height when seated and is easy to access. Both a 12v socket and 220v Socket is located at the Nav Station.

A spacious saloon with 2 linear couches other and a double-leaf fold down table (with centre storage for wine) compliment the saloon. Cabinets run either side of the saloon to the fwd bulkhead, behind the couches. The couch cushions are designed to lift individually, thereby enabling quick and easy access to the storage under.
A stainless steel grab-handle is fitted to the underside of the coachroof (midships) to aid access to the saloon whilst at sea.
A ceiling liner with recessed halogen down-lighting affords a high quality finish to the saloon.

Positioned fwd of the main saloon bulkhead and mast and accessed directly from the saloon, the heads offers standing headroom, a wash-basin with cold water faucet, manual pump toilet, integrated shower head with electric shower sump pump and storage lockers. A hatch provides fresh air and natural light. A Halogen light is also fitted.

Forward Cabin:
A private Cabin with access from the Saloon, offering high quality double V berth mattresses with removable covers. Smooth, easy-wipe hull liner as well as a ceiling liner with recessed halogen downlights. Single cushioned seat alongside a locker adjacent to the heads door.


The standard 2.4m ‘T’ keel consists of a combination of welded steel plates forming a deep draft foil – encapsulated in GRP to give a perfect profile, with a cast antimony hardened lead bulb. The low centre of gravity keel is fastened to the hull recess by a series of stainless steel bolts with loads being distributed via the floor beams evenly through the laminate construction of the hull. The option exists for an upgrade to the 2.6m performance ‘T’ Keel, which matches the standard sail plan, or to choose the larger 2.5m ‘T’ Keel which is supplied together with the larger ‘Big Sail Plan’ racing Rig.


The elliptical balance rudder has a shaft of sea-water resistant stainless steel with an integrated high-strength framework within the GRP foil shape. Self-aligning rudder needle bearings provide the lowest possible friction and ultimate control for the helmsman.

The steering system is ‘Jefa’ type, consisting of a quadrant connected to the shaft, with the gearing offering responsive steering by way of the ‘Jefa’ style 1700mm diameter wheel.


The Pacer 400 offers a large modern self-draining cockpit with open transom, all very well laid-out for ease of sailing and the cut and thrust of competitive racing. Seats are covered in Teak or Cork.

The Gas locker is easily accessible on the port side of the cockpit, and the engine throttle control on the starboard side of the cockpit within reach of the helmsman.

A self draining locker (designed for life raft or general use) is provided, and access to the lazarette (steering gear and systems) is via a waterproof frosted-glass deck hatch.

The coamings are contoured for comfort and the deck surfaces have the factory developed non-skid.



All blocks and tracks are Lewmar with bearings, and tracks have control lines leading back to the cockpit.


Aft Cabins: Owners Cabin – 2. One opening to cockpit, one opening to side deck.
Port Cabin: 1. Opening to cockpit.

Heads: 1 opening to deck
Fwd Cabin: 1 opening to deck.
Saloon: 1 Opening to deck.


An instrumentation pod is positioned on the coachroof, just forward of the companionway, affording good visibility from all positions in the cockpit.

A Silva compass is fitted midships below the companionway sill.

RIG (Std Rig)

The rig is keel stepped aluminium, with a natural anodized finish, offering;
· Masthead taper
· Aluminium Boom
· Two pairs of Spreaders
· Track on mast for spinnaker pole
· Fixed boomvang
· Windex (manual)
· Forestay Tuff-Luff or similar

The Rig for the Pacer 400 R, includes a Carbon Mast and Boom, with Rod Rigging.


Dyform stainless steel wire shrouds and stays with roll-formed terminals and bottle-screws. (Rod Rigging on the Pacer 400 R)

The backstay is adjustable via a Lewmar cascade and purchase system (48:1), adjustable from both sides of the cockpit adjacent to the steering wheel position.


The mainsheet system offers 2 conventional reefs, both controlled from the cockpit.

The mainsail and jib halyards are dyneema. There are 2 masthead spinnaker halyards.

The mainsail outhaul, and Cunningham, is adjustable from the cockpit.


North Sails Mainsail crosscut Dacron 430 with two reefing points, two full battens and 2 short battens – with a non backstay-overlapping roach.
North Sails Jib, 108%, 8.4oz Premium Nordac.


Standard Pacer 400 is fitted with a cold water pressurized fresh water system, upgradable to hot water. Faucets in Galley and Heads.
Black Water Tank is fitted under fwd V berth bunks with extraction via the deck.

2 x Manual Bilge Pumps
1 x Electric Bilge Pump


Batteries: 1 x 12v/55ah Starter
1 x 12v/100ah House

Mastervolt or similar Main Battery Switches.

Circuit Breakers for all electrical components.

Philipi or Similar Control Panel for Electronics.

25ah Battery Charger

Shore-Power and Plug & Cable. 220v Plug point at Nav Station.


VHF Preparation (wiring and antenna)


Interior general:
Halogen downlights in saloon & Galley, aft and fwd cabin, as well as heads.

Nav Station:
Working light at Nav Station.

Reading Lights:
Adjustable reading lights in Aft and fwd cabins.

Outside Lights:
Pulpit Fixed Port and Starboard Navigation Lights

Pushpit fixed White stern light.

Combined three-colour masthead light and anchor light.

2 x Cockpit lights.


All lines lead back to the cockpit. Halyards and sail trims lead to a series of power clutches and fairleads on the companionway garage, each leading to a respective Winch on the coachroof.

Winches: Lewmar
· 2 x Coachroof Halyard and spinnaker Winches – 2 x 46AST
· 2 x Primary Winches 48AST
· 2 x Mainsheet Winches 48AST

For the Larger ‘Big Sail Plan’ Racing Rig, the following Winches are provided;
· 2 x Coachroof Halyard and spinnaker Winches – 2 x 50AST
· 2 x Primary Winches 55AST
· 2 x Mainsheet Winches 55AST

2 Winch handle pockets and 2 winch handles are supplied.

The Lewmar ‘German’ mainsheet track system is positioned fwd of the steering wheel pedestal, with car position controls leading to port and starboard for easy of trimming.

The Backstay controls are brought forward from the transom to port and starboard positions adjacent to the wheel so affording ease of trim to either the helmsman or mainsheet trimmer.

The Jib car controls lead back to the cockpit.

Two recessed deck lights are installed on port and starboard just fwd of the open transom.

The Shore-Power plug socket is installed below the starboard coaming aft of the steering wheel.

The exterior manual bilge pump point is positioned on port, aft of the steering wheel affording the helmsman easy access.


30hp Volvo Penta compact diesel engine D1-30, 3 cylinder.
Saildrive with 2 blade folding propeller.
Alternator – 14v / 115a


Fuel: 110ltr
Water: 110ltr


4 x Mooring Cleats
Safety Boarding/swim Ladder
Filler Nozzle for water tank on cockpit floor.
Filler Nozzle for fuel tank on cockpit floor.

Specifications are subject to change at the discretion of Pacer Yachts and will be confirmed at time of order.

ID: 4067

Pacer 400 Dealers:

International > North America > USA > No dealers listed.

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