FARR FAST 40+.
With similarities to the MG38. that can race in this class, the Farr 40+ deck is dominated by a deep cockpit to give race crew maximum space and lower the centre of gravity, while area has been maximised by not having a main hatch. Behind the tiller steering, which controls the high aspect single rudder, is a single pedestal with two sets of winches on the gunwales. Primary winches for the non-overlappingheadsails are in the pit, where the main hatch usually is. Instead, the foredeck houses the large main hatch, which of course also allows quick hoists of top down furling running sails or assymeticals; aided by an inbuilt roller. Drops are also sped up by a pedestal driven take-down system.
In addition to an outboard lead for the jib downwind, a spinnaker staysail is set from a furler recessed in the deck aft of the tack trough.
The spinnaker is set on a retracting bowsprit which remains retracted at the start to aid in manoeuvring and to allow design 801 to start with the jib luff a quarter boat length ahead of her competitors for a substantial advantage. The sailplan is for a big-topped mainsail and masthead kites on the carbon rig. It is supported by adjustable hydraulic twin backstays with a mast deflector--rather than two conventional running backstays that would be penalised (IRC rates each pair of running backstays, but a backstay terminated above the mainsail hoist is counted as a "free" topmast backstay). The headstay is also hydraulically controlled and weight aloft is minimised by using carbon standing rigging. Beam is carried forward to maintain the highest possibl e crew outboard hiking weight while also allowing the crew' weight to maintain ideal fore/aft trim when sailing upwind. Similar to the MC38, the fixed propeller and shaft is retractable to minimise drag. www.farrdesign.com
FARR FAST 40*
LOA: 12.55-12.60 metres Beam; 4.35 metres
Draft: 3.00 metres
Displacement: 4,154 kilograms
Ballast: Bulb 1,900 kilograms, machined lead, Keel Fin 600 kilograms, machined cast iron
Sail area: Mainsail 64[m.sup.2], Jib 45[m.sup.2], Spinnaker 193[m.sup.2]
Engine: 20 HP diesel with retractable propeller shaft
Caption: A highly optimized grand prix race boat for inshore that refines the standard for the new Fast 40+ class rules.