Farr 400: Test Sail—video
Bruce Farr calls his latest vision a “refined one design,” a boat that sheds compromise in order to focus on the job at hand. And the tasks he’s referring to include dramatic upwind sailing and quick-to-plane off the wind action. From a design point of view, there’s a threefold amalgam in play: a low-drag hull shape with a lean flattened canoe body that’s more surfboard than sailboat; foils that are tuned to excellent performance on all points of sail; and a rig, sail plan and deck layout that takes lessons learned from the GP 42 and the TP 52 and parlays them into an even more ergonomic design. In short, it’s a finely honed racer that behaves like a well tuned musical instrument.