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Farr Yacht Design President Patrick Shaughnessy took to the SA forums to respond to the MAIB report on the loss of the crew of the Farr-designed Beneteau 40.7 Cheeki Rafiki.  The discussion continues here.

I just wanted to say to the group here, that we assisted in the MAIB investigation, but were unable to review a draft of the document before it was published. I think there a few inconsistencies in the report, but on the whole it is a well written document.

The report does indicate that prior groundings were repaired in an unknown way. Just to be 100% clear, at FYD we have no knowledge of the Beneteau dealer recommended repair procedure. That by itself is a pretty worrying. Even if that was followed, we don’t necessarily know that it would be sufficient.

We take safety very seriously and will issue an announcement/addendum to the MAIB report with some other considerations. The biggest thing I want to emphasize is, please contact your yacht designer if you have any questions. If you have an incident that potentially caused structural damage, contact your yacht designer. If you have an impending repair contact your yacht designer.

In this particular instance the hull liner laminate (do not call it a matrix), is not a trivial simple laminate. Replacing it with some unknown laminate to similar thickness would not necessarily be adequate. Please ask first. It almost incomprehensible that a repair could be made in a critical area like this without guidance. Please let us help you.

We will be back with more, after we’ve had a chance to fully digest the report. Stand by.


April 30th, 2015 by admin

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While the weather didn’t cooperate to make our lives easy during our test sail window in Annapolis, Anarchist ‘gone’ went and did some of our work for us, with a good comparison after test sailing the two sexiest monohulls to hit the racing scene in years.  He sailed both the Farr 280 (which just hit UK shores) and the C&C 30 (with orders spreading quickly, especially in the Midwest) and posted a good little comparison.  For loads more about either boat, check the F280 thread here and check in with C&C via Facebook (until we can find the thread).  Photos from Meredith Block (F280) and Onne Van Der Wahl (CC30).

I sailed the 280 in 8 building to 10-13. As the breeze built, the Farr rep shortened the headstay and tightened the rig up and the easily hit the polars for the wind speed. The boat has a solid feel when it sits on her chine going upwind. I really like the systems on this boat, they speak to my inner MacGyver (TV character that could disarm a warhead with his pocket knife, dental floss and a toothbrush). The boat is fast to accelerate and decelerate, which is a small boat feel. This boat will reward handsomely the crew that cross-sheets the jib going upwind.

Downwind the boat scooted along but one must keep the boat up on its chine or it sticks to the water. The rep showed how proper crew position really influences performance downwind. Boat was moving at mid 8’s sailing VMG angles, I do wish we had a little more breeze to get the boat popped on plane.

The C&C 30 was sailed in 11 building to 20+. This boat has a more big boat feel. Most of this effect comes from the higher freeboard. Rig adjustments are done with a screw driver and wrench. I sailed the boat upwind in the big breeze and it the boat stayed near its polars through the building chop and went back up to speed by pressing on the jib slightly.

The downwind ride was something. In displacement mode keeping the boat on its leeward chine is important. The boat pops onto a plane around 15 knots. When the boat gets ready to pop her nose drops and when it starts rising the boat rapidly accelerates. We saw 20.5 knots of boat speed sailing angles between 150-155 degrees.

Both boats are quality builds. I have raced on custom boats from MORC 25 footers to TP 52’s and the 280 is the closest I will ever be able to affording a custom quality boat. Premier creates jigs (think this is the term) for pre-bending the foam before it is put in the build mould. Farr oversees the whole build process and specs all laminate schedules and resin amounts. Premier actually pre-measures the amount of resin to be used in each part.

So the big finish:

Both are great boats, but I prefer the 280 because I enjoy adjusting boats to make them go fast; in fact it is the learning how the boat communicates is what I find most interesting about racing.

October 22nd, 2014 by admin