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From Anarchist Joachim from SailingAnarchy.de…

Maarten Voogd, designer and owner of the Fareast 31 R, brought the boat from Netherland to East Germany to promote his latest design for the China based FAREAST Yacht company. Built full  carbon fibre using vacuum infusion technology, a carbon rig by Seldèn with dyform shrouds, the boat showed the high building level of that yard. 31 feet long, only 600 kg for hull, hardware and rig, 1.200 kg keel and ballast lead bulb combinedwith a sail area upwind of 65 m² makes you grin while helming the boat or hiking on the rail.

We had 2 days with wind around the 10-16,18 kns, flat water, later in the afternoon a short wave built up to 0,5 m. Ideal testing conditions for this high performance racer and the boat did not struggle: Upwind boatspeed was 7,2-7,5 kns at 40-42 degree to wind, downwind under the 120 m² asym. spinnaker easy up to 13, 14, 15 kns when heated up :-) The boat responded very well to crew weight and trimming and was easy to control even by a dummy like me. In short: great boat, great fun, wish I have 140.000 € to spend for that boat, but that price does include sails and trailer!

More pics here.

 

April 6th, 2014

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