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Farr® 36 dimensions

LOA 11.00 m 36.1 ft
LWL 10.00 m 32.8 ft
Beam 3.49 m 11.4 ft
Draft 2.60 m 8.5 ft
Displacement 3, 6,695 lbs
Ballast 1,1475 kg 3,253 lbs
Fin 105 kg 230 lbs
Bulb 1,300 kg 2,866 lbs

Read about the 36  

Seahorse Magazine
Issue 277, March 2003

The latest production one-design from Farr Design made its debut at Terra Nova Trading Key West Race Week to the delight of all those aficionados hungry to see new ideas in deck layout and hardware innovations. The Farr 36's low freeboard, flush deck, generous cockpit and economic use of hardware gave the boat a refreshingly clean and open appearance, an impressive feat for any boat but especially so for a production design.

As always the devil is in the details, and this first boat built by DK Composites in Malaysia shows an astounding degree of detail for a production raceboat. The use of a computer-controlled milling machine in the fabrication of the hull and deck tooling was in part responsible for the impressive number of small but essential components in the layout. Note, for example, the angled seats for the through-deck blocks used in the genoa fairlead system, the nice radii made on the through-deck exit ports, and the fairlead angle numbers moulded into the nonskid. The moulded-in foot supports and angled backstay block chocks also show considerable experience from previous boats contributed to the process. Having the mainsheet, genoa fairleads, spinnaker sheet twing, backstay, traveller and outhall lines led under deck leaves few lines left on deck to tangle, trip over or wash over the side.

Other hardware-related innovations include the use of black powder-coating on the stainless pulpit, stanchions and pushpits to cut down on running light glare at night; the low-profile Hella Marine LED low-amperage running lights are less likely to snare the foot of the kite in sets, gybes and takedowns;the liberal use of Equip Lite Spectra/phenolic blocks cuts down on weight and leaking fastener holes; the low-profile Spinlock line guides for the spinnaker tack line keeps reduce toe-stubbing, line-grabbing and other calamities; and the Equip Lite shackles used on halyards save weight and minimise accidental openings, though two hands are sometimes needed for operation.

Other parts have been custom made by DK to enhance appearance and funtion. Carbon-fibre deck plates are founded through the boat to protect the deck's carbon-foam laminate, and are beautifully shaped, finished and installed. Flush-fitting and well-shaped carbon plates are also positioned over the under-deck mainsheet exit forward near the shrouds. The beauty of the carbon tiller reportedly spurred Forespar into getting their carbon tiller extension into production to match. The polished stainless chainplates were custom cast by Edson, and below the waterline the keel blade features a weed cutter installed in its leading edge. In a nice touch that blends appearance with low-profile function, nearly all the exposed fasteners ondeck are stainless hex-keyed bolts with broad pan heads, backed up down below with matching T-nuts.

Published with kind permission from Seahorse Magazine
Article appears on page 51, Issue 277 March 2003

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