Annapolis, MD — Farr Yacht Sales, LLC has announced the construction of a new IRC racer/cruiser, the Farr Performance 42 (Design #588). Production has begun at James Betts Enterprises in Anacortes, WA. Jim Betts reports, "Hull #1 is laid-up and ready for the keel grid and interior structure, we have also begun work on the deck. I feel we are comfortably on track for our delivery deadline." The first Farr Performance 42 is scheduled to launch in Chicago, IL on June 1st 2006 with hull #2 completing in July.
The Farr Performance 42 is a new Farr production yacht aimed at the US and European racer/cruiser markets. Russ Bowler President of Farr Yacht Design explains; "The Pacific Northwest has a fantastic boat building community, skilled craftsmen and great resources; our BMW Oracle Racing America's Cup yachts are under construction down the road. Jim Betts is meticulous and quality conscience with 25 years of boat building experience, he offers the production capabilities we need for a project of this caliber." Bill O'Malley of Farr Yacht Sales added, "Keeping the build in the US solves many logistical and delivery issues for the US market; in the end it saves a good deal of money for the buyer. For the European markets a favorable exchange rate compensates for shipping costs. This US production facility enables Farr Yacht Sales to establish the Farr Performance 42 base boat price of $422,266 USD.
Design #588 was initially commissioned for Austral Yachts of Australia, March 2005, in a bid to offer the market a quality Racer/Cruiser that could cope with the demands of real cruising and still be a strong contender for handicap wins in both round the buoys and long distance events using IRC ratings as well as PHRF and Americap.
The Farr Performance 42 offers updates to meet the performance demands of the US and European markets. The boat now features as standard a 2 spreader carbon rig and extendable sprit from Hall Spars, with the option for a conventional carbon spinnaker pole. Other updates include a larger cockpit, the result of shortening the cabin house and shifting the cockpit seats forward. This combined with twin wheels will afford the helmsman good viewing and offer the crew easy passage through the cockpit, creating a much larger cockpit for crew movement and maneuvers.
The interior has been designed around requirements for comfort and workable cruising accommodation. The Farr Performance 42 has a fairly standard and well-proven interior layout and comes with options for double or single berths aft. The T-style keel, with a lead bulb supported by a cast iron fin, gives the boat a low center of gravity, excellent stability and minimized wetted area. This also allows the rig and interior to be positioned to suit the hull's center of buoyancy preferences and produces a relatively simple structural solution. The hull, deck and interior grid construction are an E-glass and foam core sandwich composite.
The adoption of the IRC rule at both Club racing level and by some of the more legendary offshore events has sparked strong interest in boats that fair well under this single number rating system. As a result of this interest Farr Yacht Design received several commissions in 2004 for IRC oriented boats that allowed the team to embark on research work to understand the rule in some depth. While specific formulas used to determine the IRC ratings are not published, the style of boat favored by these formulas can be deduced by examining the published rule policy, reviewing race results in great detail including those of our existing designs that have done well under IRC, and applying to the rating office for trial certificates where variations in ratings given for different design choices can be compared with VPP results.
Design #588 was commissioned in a bid to offer the market a quality Racer/Cruiser that could cope with the demands of real cruising and be a strong contender for handicap wins in both round the buoys and long distance events using IRC ratings as well as PHRF and Americap.
While IRC does have some clear policies outlined in their rule, there is considerable freedom for the designer to develop sweet hull shapes with favorable volume distributions, ideal appendage placements and good stability. Our team researched beam and beam waterline ratios, LOA and length waterline values and other basic hull parameters over a wide range of boat sizes to find the right combinations. Heeled volume distribution and transom immersion effects were examined to give the boat good performance and handling over a wide range of weather conditions.
The keel is a T-style with a lead bulb supported by a cast iron fin to give the boat a low center of gravity and minimized wetted area. This also allows the rig and interior to be positioned to suit the hull center of buoyancy preferences and produces a relatively simple structural solution.
Deck and interior have been designed around the dual requirements of comfortable, workable cruising accommodation and the necessary cockpit workspace for round the buoys maneuvers. A fairly standard and well-proven interior layout with central saloon berths forward and aft, galley to port, navigation station to starboard, and well-apportioned locker space. Interior comes with some options of double or single berths aft. Twin wheels afford the helmsman good viewing for sailing and offer a passage in the center of the cockpit for crew movement.
Rig is a fairly standard 20-degree swept-spreader with the option of a prod or standard pole for downwind work. Carbon rig will be standard. Hull, deck and interior grid construction is in Eglass sandwich.
|Displacement||15,540 lbs.||7,050 kg|
|Ballast||7,290 lbs.||3,305 kg|
|DLR / IRC DLR||135||150|
|Designer||Farr Yacht Design|
|Builders||James Betts Ent. & Austral Yachts|
|Spars & Rigging||Hall Spars & Rigging|
|Deck Hardware||Harken, Lewmar, Navtec, Spinlock|
|Propulsion||Volvo-Penta w/ Sail Drive|
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