Best Boats 2012: Farr 400 One Design (Performance 30ft and Over)

The Farr 400’s all-carbon construction, powerful sailplan and excellent deck and cockpit layout  make it a convincing successor to the aging Farr 40. The 400’s lifting keel and two-part carbon mast (supported by EC6 standing rigging) also allow for cost-effective shipping in a 40-foot container, facilitating international competition.

The 400’s unusual and distinctive reverse sheerline gives it a purposeful, aggressive look that’s complemented by partial hull chine and a full bow section that’ll help the boat pop onto a plane quickly and hold it there longer.

Build quality is immaculate: all running rigging is led belowdecks through dedicated tunnels/apertures, often to cascading tackle systems. A single carbon-fiber grinding pedestal—mechanically linked to carbon-fiber primary winches—punctuates the beautifully designed cockpit, and the dual backstay winches are splayed inwards, allowing for interference-free grinding. Owners can choose either a single tiller or dual wheels; a carbon pushpit, pulpit and stanchions are all standard.

An extendable centerline-fitted bowsprit accommodates a masthead A-sail, and a sliding foredeck hatch (slightly offset to port) allows for silky-smooth sets. Unusually for a big boat, the 400 carries a 49er-style A-Sail retrieval line; just abaft and belowdeck of the hatch is a tapered carbon-fiber roll bar that provides for lightning-fast, snag-free takedowns. A powerful square-headed mainsail provides most of the motive power, balanced by a 105 percent jib. A flush-mounted traveler track controls the mainsail’s angle of attack, and athwartship headsail sheeting angles are trimmed via adjustable cars (port/starboard). Together, these features allow for TP52-style racing in a manageable package.

The 400’s interior is as Spartan as any dedicated raceboat should be: dual pipe berths (port/starboard) in the stern quarter sections keep crew weight to windward, and a chemical head answers nature’s call. Your non-sailing friends will be aghast at the accommodations, but your racing buddies will be queuing up to crew aboard this fine machine.

LOA38ft 8in
LWL36ft 5in
Beam11ft 2in
Draft9ft 6in
Displacement8,624 lb
Ballast4,796 lb
Sail Area1,098 ft2