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2018 Farr Fast 40 Offshore

location icon Adelaide, South Australia
Year 2018
Length 40 ft / 12.19 m
Builder/Manufacturer Van Munster Boats - AUS

2018 Farr Fast 40+ Offshore

Around the world we are seeing a resurgence of interest in high performance race boats at the 40’ size.  Originating in the UK, the Fast 40+ class has gone from strength to strength providing exceptionally close racing for well matched, high performance 40 footers. We are seeing an increased interest in boats of this style around the world, and particularly focusing on boats that are not limited solely to inshore style racing. We have developed a new design that meets the Fast 40+ class limits but is specifically optimised to a larger component of offshore sailing conditions; positioned to excel in both inshore regattas and in the offshore races.

Guiding principles of our FAST 40+ design 841 include:


Year Built 2018
Category Sail
Length Overall 40 ft / 12.19 m
Beam 13'7 ft / 4.14 m
Max Draft 9'10 ft / 3.00 m
Electrical System 12 V
Construction Composite
Keel Bulb Keel
Min Draft 9'10 ft / 3.00 m
Drive Type Sail
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 30 hp
Cruising Speed 7.5 kn
Prop. Cruise Speed 2400
Maximum Speed 8.5 kn
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 11 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Plastic
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 8 gal
Holding Tank Mat. Plastic
Ballast 4,730 lb
Displacement 8,470 lb
Displacement Type Dry Load

Engine 1 Specifications

Drive Type: SailDrive
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 30hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 2 Blade, Bronze, Folding
Year: 2018
Concept Description

Design 841 – Fast 40+ Racing Yacht
Offshore racing conditions have typically favored boats that are lighter and more responsive than the typical IRC type form of heavy, narrow boats that have been dominant in IRC racing. This is reflective of the prevalent conditions – strong sea breezes, significant waves and a mix of racing styles that place a premium on a boat that can hold its own upwind but is light enough to plane quickly off the wind and in any reaching conditions. The continued success of the modified TP52’s, GP42’s, Cookson 50’s and Ker 46’s reflect this. We have always felt that the TP52’s are at a very unique place in the IRC universe where they carry sufficient power upwind and have light enough displacement to sail well off the wind and sail to their ratings even in light air. This balance has been harder to achieve at smaller sizes although advances in design and construction now make it possible for this level of performance to be achieved in a smaller, more cost effective package at 40 feet. 

Around the world we are seeing a resurgence of interest in high performance race boats at the 40’ size. Originating in the UK, the Fast 40+ class has gone from strength to strength providing exceptionally close racing for well matched, high performance 40 footers. We are seeing an increased interest in boats of this style around the world, and particularly focusing on boats that are not limited solely to inshore style racing. We have developed a new design that meets the Fast 40+ class limits but is specifically optimised to a larger component of offshore sailing conditions; positioned to excel in both inshore regattas and in the offshore races.

Guiding principles of our FAST 40+ design 841 include:

  • Design parameters optimised to the 2018 FAST 40+ class rule and targeted to perform both inshore and offshore in dynamic conditions
  • An aggressive approach to maximize the benefit of moving crew weight both longitudinally and transversely
  • Refined, high stability/low drag hull shape integrated with advanced deck and structural design
  • Modern, open cockpit deck geometry designed to maximize efficient handling with minimized weight, windage and pitch gyradius
  • Maximum-performance high efficiency appendages for impressive downwind offshore performance and high lift in demanding conditions or racing in tight fleets
  • Easily remode-able to optimise for inshore or offshore focused schedules
  • Light, reliable and efficient structural design integrated with deck and rig features

FAST 40+ Class Parameters
The FAST 40+ class was established to bring together a collection of grand prix ~40 foot race boats with similar parameters under a maximum IRC rating of 1.270. Within the class, new boats can vary boat displacement, sail area, ballast weight and several other variables while remaining below the maximum rating. However, a maximum 12.6 m hull length, maximum displacement-length ratio and a minimum rating versus length ensure that the boats are similar in weight and sail area, etc. The minimum rating (based on length) of approximately 1.250 will not permit a boat to be rated substantially below the fastest rating, so the majority of racing among purpose-built FAST 40+ designs will be ‘boat for boat’, with little handicap effect. As a result, our target is always to achieve a rating of 1.270 while maximizing on-the-water performance.

Farr Yacht Design has studied the design space created by the FAST 40+ rules within the IRC rating system to determine the best combination of parameters and features. While achieving the maximum rating (1.270), a relationship between the various speed-influencing factors shows they can be effectively traded off against each other to realize the best configuration for a given set of conditions or team goals.  Even with a reduced emphasis on upwind performance, maximum boat length is clearly beneficial, leaving
the primary design choice a trade-off of displacement against sail area. With all other variables unchanged, a lighter boat will be restricted to less sail area and vice versa. Other design choices, such as appendage construction type and rig features will affect the permitted sail area, but the underlying design choice of displacement versus sail area remains similar.

When creating a FAST 40+ from a clean sheet of paper some dimensions are known, others have a secondary affect and some are critical. The boat length and keel draft are established at the class maximums. Interior fit out is not a significant rated parameter for this style of racing boat. Beam variations do not impact the rating significantly, making the chosen value a result of the hull optimisation.

Hull and Deck Construction

All hull, deck and internal structures are foam-cored carbon laminates, engineered to meet ISO 12215 Scantlings, as currently required by World Sailing’s OSR Structural Plan Review, and optimised to use a combination unidirectional and multiaxial carbon fibers, pre-impregnated in epoxy resin. The use of prepreg materials throughout the boat results in laminates with superior strength and toughness when compared to other advanced construction techniques such as infusion, and allows a higher degree of weight control.


  • All major components of the hull, deck, and internal structure are built using optimized pre-impregnated carbon/epoxy sandwich core construction with ductile foam. All laminates are consolidated under vacuum and post-cured to achieve optimum mechanical properties
  • All tooling created by precision CNC milling
  • Laminates and composite structure are designed and built to exceed ISO 12215
    category A standards
  • DNV/GL plan approval as per offshore special regulations

Steering and Rudder

  • Pre-preg intermediate modulus carbon rudder stock
  • Female molded carbon rudder blade
  • Self-aligning top and bottom rudder bearings
  • Epoxy paint rudder finish
  • Custom autoclaved carbon tiller

Keel and Bulb

  • Fabricated steel fin keel with socket hull connection
  • Lead ‘T’ bulb CNC-machined to required
Deck Gear and Finish

The deck geometry is designed to minimize weight, lower the vertical center of gravity, simplify tooling geometry, and ensure that all sail controls are located optimally for crew usage. The deck camber and sheer treatments are developed to reduce windage and shed green-water efficiently and are conceived for maximum aerodynamic benefit balanced against sensible building expenses.

The asymmetric deck layout follows modern Grand Prix race boat practice, for high efficiency and fast maneuvers. The layout features athwartship jib tracks that offer excellent control over upwind headsail sheeting angles. When heavy air reaching under jib, a whisker pole fitted to the mast partners, allows sheeting of the headsail at angles wider than the local sheerline. The fixed [but removable] sprit allows for a straightforward tackline arrangement and simplified pit setup. The boat features an asymmetric companionway which permits the halyards to be led to a single pit winch on the starboard side of the offset companionway which reduces the winch count. The companionway can be protected with a removable hard dodger for offshore racing. The mainsheet controls (cunningham, outhaul, and traveler)  are led to cockpit so that all of the main control lines are within reach of the main trimmer. A primary grinder pedestal system is located aft for weight placement and allows for high speed spinnaker gybes, sail hoists, and string line spinnaker drops. All lines are below deck where possible for a clean layout with maximum windage reduction. Enclosed below deck line passages contain water for a concerted effort at a dry offshore boat. The forward hatch features an air gasket control seal system to maintain watertightness.

  • Fixed centerline bowsprit from intermediate modulus pre-preg carbon with
  • Sliding foredeck hatch with watertight inflatable gasket, rounded edges and
    spinnaker “rolling pin”
  • Recessed furler for spinnaker staysail
  • Outboard jib sheeting for downwind sailing
  • Transverse jib tracks
  • 2 function (forestay and mast jack) hydraulic panel and pump mounted on deck
  • Harken racing blocks and cleats
  • Spinlock rope clutches
  • Traveler track
  • Composite companionway hatch
  • Cockpit footrests for helmsman and main trimmer
  • Closed cell EVA non-skid surface in cockpit
  • Painted no-slip finish on deck
  • Composite stanchions, bow pulpit and stern rail with double stainless lifelines,
    to comply with ISO Category A / Offshore and offshore special regulations
    category 1
  • Spinlock or similar flush throttle control
  • Manual bilge pump
Winch Package
  • 1 x Pit winch
  • 2 x Pedestal driven primary/pit winches
  • 2 x Mainsheet winches
  • 2 x Running backstay winches
  • Aft winch pedestal
  • Pedestal-driven spinnaker take down wheel
  • Sheet tail take-up wheels
Spars and Rigging
  • High modulus carbon mast tube
  • 2 spreader rig with 17 degree spreader sweep, carbon airfoil spreaders
  • Carbon standing rigging with turnbuckles
  • Kevlar/Cuben sleeve headstay luff foil (Gfoil)
  • Twin masthead halyard sheaves, single halyard lock
  • Single jib halyard with lock
  • Optional fractional spinnaker halyard, removable sheave and halyard lock assembly Main halyard with lock
  • jib leeward sheeting whisker pole
  • Twin topmast backstays with deflectors adjustable by wheel purchase
  • Rope boom vang, adjustable below deck purchase by wheel purchase
  • Adjustable hydraulic headstay
  • Internal mast jack
  • Mast butt, aluminum shims, fore/aft adjustment by worm screw
  • Carbon boom - Sheaves and jammers in boom for 2 reefs

Southern Spars Rig Upgrade Available on request.

Engine and Mechanical Systems
  • 30 horsepower diesel inboard with saildrive
  • Engine instrument Panel
  • 12V /125 Amp Alternator
  • 2-blade folding Gori propeller
  • Fuel filter, cables, clamps and adapters
  • 40L fuel tank, rigid plastic
  • Wet exhaust system including muffler, hose, piping and thru hull
  • Raw water intake system
  • AGM starting battery 90Ah
  • AGM house battery 90Ah
  • Dual battery isolator/selector switch
  • 12 v DC Panel
  • Interior LED lights
  • LED navigation lights
  • 2x 12V bilge pumps, automatic function with manual override, independently plumbed to overboard outlets
Interior Layout

Because interior features are not required for class or rating purposes, the content of the boat below decks is strictly determined by the inshore/offshore moding necessary for the intended events. It is envisioned that the boat would be configured entirely empty for inshore events, and with a minimum of equipment as needed for individual offshore events. The structural layout of the boat has been optimised for sail movement, and specifically for the spinnaker takedown system. The hull topside shaping aft, freeboard height, and cockpit geometry have been optimised for upper and lower bunks sets for offshore racing providing the ability to maintain ideal trim and righting moment. All secondary components, electrical and mechanical systems are critically important to be weight optimised as much as budget permits.

  • 4 x carbon pipe berths, canvas
  • Carbon navigation station between bulkheads
  • Carbon galley module
  • Manual marine head
  • Small holding tank
  • Y-valve
  • Single point lift
Additional Equipment and Safety Gear


  • Equipment outfitted to suit offshore special regulations up to category 1
Upgrades from Base Boat Configuration
  • Harken Sailing Hydraulics
  • Rig Upgrade Above Allowance
  • Cradles
  • Running Rigging
  • Additional Bilge
  • Forestay Load cell
  • Carbon Fibre Head
  • Sheet Retractors
  • Antifoul
  • Custom Alloy Deck Fittings
  • LED Strip Lighting
  • Additional House Battery
  • HF Grounding Plate
Concept Summary

Design 841 has been created to take a huge step forward in the design and refinement in the FAST 40+ world. This class has generated great interest due to the compelling performance of the boats and the racing format. However, all of the new designs in the class have been focused on inshore specific sailing conditions.

This design is developed specifically for offshore conditions; designed to excel in coastal and offshore races where dynamic reaching performance is paramount while still providing excellent inshore performance in tight windward leeward regattas. The design is a product of the latest in design technology and leverages 40 years of design experience. It features a fresh look at every element of the boat, leaving no stone unturned. Design 841 combines cutting-edge research with countless innovations and refinement in all portions of the boat. The result is a boat which will define the next generation of the FAST 40+.

The goals, race requirements, budgets and personal preferences of the client and their team will certainly change the features and details of the final design. A successful design interaction with the team to absorb and understand their input, and incorporate that into a package that is ideal for that team’s plans is imperative in the creation of a successful program. Our intention is to position design 841 as a starting place for this interaction, and our typical design process places an enormous importance on acting as one combined team to take important conceptual decisions together.

FYS Diclaimer

Farr Yacht Sales offers the details of the listed vessel in good faith. We are diligent in presenting the above facts and inventories of the listed vessel but we cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of the information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The buyer, whether himself or through his agent or his surveyor, should conduct such investigation, independent confirmation and additional due diligence as the buyer deems necessary before purchasing the vessel. 

This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Additional Contact Information

For additional information, Contact:

Farr Yacht Sales Australasia - Bret Perry  bret@farryachtsales.com  +61 4 8437 3304

Farr Yacht Sales Americas - Bill O’Malley  bill@farryachtsales.com  +1 410 703-9058

Farr Yacht Sales Europe - Joe Hall  joe@farryachtsales.com   +1 44 1983 200 901