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The Farr 11s represents the culmination of intense discussions with a previous client. The carefully prepared brief called for an inshore boat with sufficient freeboard for coastal race capability, legs out hiking and minimal interior. The goal was to produce a very fast boat keelboat for its size (35 to 38 ft) crewed by no more than 6. Racing venues included Key West, the Great Lakes and a variety of other regattas.
There has been considerable interest world wide in a mono hull that fits this vision and there are a number of examples similar to this style of boat. The acceptance of canting keel technology and the incredible outright speed of the VO 65's and Open 60's has opened many sailors' minds to new frontiers of high performance monohull sailing.
The obvious goals are to provide high stability to carry a powerful sail plan, keep the whole package as light as possible, reduce drag, and produce a boat that will break out into high speeds in a controllable manner. These goals are blended with the desire to be a good all rounder for buoys races in a wide range of wind speeds, good in coastal type races where reaching performance and handling are important, and avoid any glaring weaknesses that are seen in some attempts at this concept.
The Farr 11s has a 45-degree canting keel, twin asymmetric canards and twin retractable rudders on a hull with high form stability. The hull shape combines the demands for minimizing light air (low speed) drag with high-speed stability and excellent handling qualities. Twin rudders will help control in extreme conditions.
The rig is a transplant from skiff rig development with a large square-headed main on a highly swept spreader, no backstay rig. The concept provides automatic de powering and minimizes demands on the crew during maneuvers to leave hands available for canard operation, keel activation and sail handling. The retractable bowsprit stretches the sail plan to allow ample downwind sail area in the form of asymmetric spinnakers.
Construction is in carbon skin honeycomb core sandwich, with carbon keel fin, and an all up weight of 2400 Kg. The keel is activated by a hydraulic ram/electric pump system.
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