Farr Yacht Design, always known for our racing design shapes is less well known for our fast cruising designs. While we have created successful yachts for such prestigious yards as Baltic, Wally, Nauta, and others, we have done very few that will carry the Farr Yacht Design name and that have been developed using our totally integrated research and design approach…until now!
In early 2003 an Italian client and his Project Manager approached us. Their directive, "create for us a fast yet elegant performance cruising and racing design of approximately 86' in length".
What is evolving is our design 535. There have been many attempts by others at this size of yacht, but our client felt that most were lacking in elegance above the waterline. His directive was to create a vision that was not broken up by combings and overly aggressive deck saloon type styling that seems to dominate today's designs arena. Sleek, simple, and elegant were our marching orders.
The staff at Farr Yacht Design has attacked this eagerly and what is developing promises to be a yacht of uncompromising beauty not only in front of the fleet but at the dock as well.
Key features of the yacht will include a lifting keel with a minimum 2.9-meter depth, a five stateroom layout, and a signature Farr Yacht Design hull shape that guarantees performance.
Our preliminary concept pulls heavily from modern race boat design in its sheer line, stem slope, and overhangs. The deck in profile is sleek and well blended with its parent hull shape. On deck, clean rounded shapes are blended to enclose two cockpit areas while maintaining common styling character throughout.
At the front of the yacht we've started with a stem slope and knuckle shape derived in basic proportion from recent racing boat projects. We've combined that stem with a sleek and elegant sheer line capable of producing the target headroom dimensions. The sheer line and stem have been rounded with a generous radius continuing the hull-colouring scheme up around the deck edge for an integrated and aerodynamic look. At the aft end of the boat we've combined a generous overhang with a clean and simple sloped cylindrical transom.
On deck we've started with moderate deck camber, which balances well with the basic curvature of the hull topsides. We've added to that camber a sleek and simple cabin geometry intended to house dodgers, halyard line tunnels, hydraulic headsail control systems, and other equipment in order to keep the surrounding deck area as clean as possible. The cabin's geometry is composed of aggressively sloped sides and generously rounded intersections, which produce a clean and modern looking surface. We've echoed those same themes in a character coaming, which encompasses the deck's two cockpit areas with a stylish and functional surround.
Our intention is to continue the hulls basic colour scheme on deck into the cabin and character coaming surfaces although ultimately this choice will be dependent on your precise colour selections. The forward cockpit area has been sized for ample seating room and has been recessed into the local deck surface to provide a cushioned seating surface. The cushioned surface continues seamlessly into a centrally located sunbathing area that allows it to function as a natural extension of the family area. A low bridge-deck surface connects the two character coamings behind the central cockpit, provides space for companionway and ventilation hatches, and signals a separation between the lounging and working areas. In this iteration we eliminated the mainsheet traveller in favour of a central mainsheet dead end that keeps the deck very simple and clean. We've moved the primary winches aft into this area so that they can be tailed from either the outboard side-deck or cockpit forward of the wheels. The wheels themselves have been positioned well outboard to provide an uninterrupted view of the bow and headsail. The optional running backstays have been positioned forward and outboard of the helmsman for safety reasons. The lower running backstay blocks and line run have been moved below deck to preserve the clean look of the side-decks. The aft cockpit sides, resulting in a gentle taper, concluding at the running backstay winches, intersect the character coaming.
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This 85 footer feels more like a 100 foot yacht when down below such is the feeling of space and light.
8 guests in 4 staterooms with 2 additional bunks and 4 crew in 2 cabins With six cabins, five bathrooms and a crew mess this is a serious cruising and racing yacht. The current owner has younger children so wanted an interior that was light, bright and easy to clean and maintain. The owner is not a fan of teak which had the added benefit of saving a large amount of weight in the boat.
SALOON:Two tables capable of seating 16 people with bench seating making for easy stowage and can be folded along its length. This modular design is something Lazzerini and Pickering first explored aboard Wally-B. Perhaps another Wallyesque feature is the fiddle that doubles as a drab rail along the continuous shelf structure.
Despite the minimalist interior, Roma is rich with functional detail. For weight saving, the removable storage units are covered with water resistant leather. The overheads have leather covers and elegant hold all double as removable under bunk stowage.
OTHER LIVING AREAS:Three kinds of dimerised lighting are used on board; Primary illumination is provided by fluorescent lamps behind Barrisol diffuser panels. LED provide reading and dimmable LED provide accent illumination.
OWNER STATEROOM:Forward with centerline double bed with stowage under and along the deck. The owner’s suite is spacious and very light and bright. The cabin also has an en suite shower and head.
GUEST STATEROOM:Three further guest cabins provide a flexible overnight accommodation with good stowage and en suite facilities. See the layout (GA) plan that follows.
CREW ACCOMMODATION:Is aft with twin cabins port and starboard with light weight bunk arrangements. There is a separate crew quarters including a dining area which is accessed via the galley which can be separated from the main gust accommodation. The crew accommodation provides access to most of the yachts systems including main engine, generator and electrical/plumbing systems.
Masts:Custom Southern Spars
Boom/s: Carbon with lazy jacks
Spinnaker boom: Sliding carbon gennaker pole fitted into hull port side forward.
Reefing system: Selden hydraulic furler on genoa and tuff luff for racing
Sails by: Banks total sail area 410 sq m approximately three or four years old in serviceable condition
Foresails: 2012 and 2015 Jib for cruising, double taffeta laminate 2005/06 light, medium, J2, J3, J4, 2009 Medium
Mainsails: Carbon Laminate for racing and 2012 and 2005 double taffeta laminate membrane for cruising 230 sq m
Gennakers: One Sails from 2009 and racing A1 Gennaker from Banks
2006 Laminate code 0 for racing
Winches: 2 x Harken 990 carbon runner winches, 1 x Harken 1111 three speed for main, 2 x Harken 50’s, 2 x Harken 1130’s, 4 Harken 65’s with 4 x removable grinder pedestals
Type: Cariboni/APM variable draught fin with lead bulb keel
Generators: Onan 17.5 Kw
Steering: Twin titanium wheels with chain and sprocket drive to aluminum steering quadrant in lazerette locker
Propellers: Gori 3 bladed (plus one spare)
Gearbox: ZF 80-1A-2.8
Bow thruster: Max Power
Water maker: Schenker 100 ltrs per hour
Fuel separator:Racor fuel filters
Air-conditioning: 8 fan coil system with two compressors to all cabins and dinette
Toilet system: Tecma five heads
Boilers:24volt hot water heater form 220v or engine cooling for domestic hot water system.
Voltage: 220V and 24V/12V battery system with large distribution panel in designated locker.
Frequency: 50 Hz
Inverter/chargers: Mastervolt auto battery charger – 60amp 12v, 3 x 100amp 24v and 2 x Inverters.
Batteries: 2014 2 x gen set 110 amp hr, 1 x radio set 80 amp hr and 24v service batteries 28/100 amp hour
Magnetic compass: 2
Log: Brookes and Gatehouse (B and G) H 3000
Depth sounder: B and G
Cameras: Engine room, lazerette, foredeck, aft deck.
Autopilot: B and G
Radar: Integrated with Nobeltec system
Electronic chart system: Nobeltec
Instrumentation system (wind speed & direction): B and G H 3000 system with repeater in cockpit and 40/40 repeaters on mast
COMMUNICATION AND SATELLITE EQUIPMENT:
VHF: Furuno dual station
VHF hand held radio: Two Icom
Ship’s computers: SCS Marine ships monitoring system providing all plumbing, electrical and boats systems monitoring.
Computer network: SCS
TV/ DVD: Onkyo Satellite Play Station and IPod system. Pop up large projector screen with Domino fold away projector in saloon.
Satellite: Sky HD
Music system: 500w Stage Line with 6 speaker on deck and 6 inside
Refrigerator: Custom made stainless steel
Freezer: Custom made stainless steel
Oven: 4 burner Alpes Innox with oven
Stove: Alpes Innox
The builder claims a 600 kgs saving in weight by not having a teak deck. For cruising, a sensual feel is maintained with cushions that can be spread around the deck. The two folding cockpit tables can be extended to one large table or lowered for a sun bed. 2.6m dodger
Anchors & chain: Stainless steel folding anchor arm
Cranes:Custom in boom
Windlass: Lofrans in anchor well
Tenders: Zodiac 4.4m with 40 hp 4 stroke Yamaha outboard. Note, dinghy is to special forces spec.
Toys: Sailing dinghy – Farr design which stows in aft lazerette and is very, very quick!
Dive equipment: Compressor in lazerette