If you are looking for a synonym for “successful boat designer,” you can safely use one name: Bruce Farr.
The New Zealand designer, born in Auckland in 1949, has signed many boats that have made history, from racing to cruising: hulls for the Whitbread later to become the Volvo Ocean Race (winners in 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2001), for the America’s Cup (KZ-1, Oracle, Young America etc…), ultra-winning production boats (one among all: the Cookson 50). We took a tour of Top Boat Market in search of the Kiwi designer’s signature “jewels” for sale , and among the many boats, we selected three, which fit three types of boat owners (from the pure cruiser, to the super-registrant via the intermediate state of the cruiser-registrant).
FOR PURE CRUISERS – JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 52.2
In production from 1996 to 2005. Hidden by the quiet appearance of a large cruising boat, underneath the Sun Odyssey 52.2 paws a Bruce Farr hull, inherited from the previous Sun Odyssey 51, another boat to keep an eye on. In the standard version, the sail area allowed smooth sailing even in gale-force winds; the “pack performance” version included a longer mast and a three-blade steerable propeller. The deck offers many sunbathing areas and a cockpit featuring two rudder wheels, making access to the stern with an equipped swim platform more convenient. The interiors were planned in various versions from three to five cabins, two or three bathrooms. The saloon, thanks to its maximum width of 4.85 m, is a parade ground with a galley at the side set against a 12-seat dinette. Length. 15.35 m; wd. 4.85 m; draught. 2.40 m; disl. 15 t.
The model we offer is from 2003, is located in Sardinia, and sells for 149,000 euros. DISCOVER MORE.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO HAVE FUN, CRUISING AND RACING – FIRST 40.7
In production from 1998 to 2008. Huge success for this boat, born in 1998 and produced in about 600 examples. Formidable value for money and sail performance that allows it to compete with hulls built specifically for racing. But it is also a comfortable cruising yacht. All credit is due to Bruce Farr and the excellent work of the Beneteau designers. The line features a high freeboard that enhances interior volumes without making the boat awkward. Performance is excellent, even in the cruising version, which differs from the racing version in having a smaller sail area and a shallower draft bulb. The deck is oversimplified, with a cockpit divided by the mainsail track so as to reserve adequate space for the steering area characterized by a large rudder wheel. Interiors are planned with two or three cabins. The saloon, again in the name of simplicity and comfort, has a dinette with convertible opposing sofas. Kitchen and charting are on either side of the descent. Effective construction, decent finish. Length. 11.99 m; width. 3.75 m; fish. 1.90/2.40 m; disl. 6,9 t.
The model we offer is from 2000, is located in Tuscany, and sells for 68,000 euros. DISCOVER MORE.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO RUN – FARR 40
In production from 1997 to 2010. The Farr 40 was designed with the intention of entertaining owners (the class rulebook provides for the owner-driver, the owner-helmsman). Characterized by high construction and design technology, it runs very fast: you can take some great satisfaction in regattas (abroad, especially in America, this class has a busy circuit, but specimens can also be found in Italy). There are many great Italian sailors who have tried their hand at the Farr 40: Vasco Vascotto, Lorenzo Bressani, Vincenzo Onorato just to name a few. Length. 12.41 m; width. 4.03 m; draught. 2.60 m; disl. 4,9 t.
The model we offer is from 1998, is located in the Adriatic, and negotiations are confidential. DISCOVER MORE.