Fantastic full bluewater specification Farr 50 Pilot House built by BSI Marine in Sweden. Just three owners since new. Three cabin, three heads layout with twin staterooms. Push button furling cutter rig with powered furling and electric winches.
FURTHER BROKER?S COMMENTS:
Conceived for fast and comfortable bluewater passages, the FARR HORIZON can be easily handled by a crew of just two thanks to her push-button hydraulic and electric cutter rig. Thanks to her pilothouse configuration, watches can also kept below decks at her raised helm complete with throttle and autopilot controls. With her light oak joinery three-cabin, three-heads layout complete with two large staterooms, both with centreline double berths, FARR HORIZON is large enough for a couple to live on board in shoreside style and comfort, with ample guest accommodation. Three watertight bulkheads provide ultimate safety at sea and also generate large stowage lockers in the forepeak and across a full-width lazarette.
FARR HORIZON?s specification highlights include:-
3-double cabin interior layout with 3-heads
Internal helm position with engine control and autopilot control head
Lead wing keel
Lewmar Mamba steering system
Cutter rig with hydraulic furling mainsail and genoa (manual furling staysail)
Selden electric winch package
3-bladed Maxprop propeller
Lewmar 10hp retractable bowthruster
8kw Fischer Panda generator
555Ah 24vDC domestic battery bank
Mastervolt Charger/Inverter system
Climma Air reverse-cycle air-conditioning
24vDC ventilation fans
Updated Raymarine navigation suite including AIS and radar
Fridge, freezer and ice maker
Her current UK owners are the third owners, having purchased her in the UK in the Autumn of 2016. Her previous two owners were also based in the UK and FARR HORIZON is full Part 1 British Registered with HMRC confirmation of VAT payment and T2L document on file.
Our yacht is currently moored at Lagos Marina, Portugal and has been in her current ownership since 2016. We bought her to sail around the world, unfortunately our plans have changed and we now reluctantly offer her for sale to let someone else continue her adventures.
Only Twenty five of these much sought after 50 foot Farr Pilothouse yachts were built. (Farr Horizon is hull number 10). These yachts were commissioned by ?BSI? and were designed by Bruce Farr who was asked to design a fast luxury Bluewater cruising yacht which could be sailed in comfort by a couple and go just about anywhere in the world. He succeeded in this. She is a superb sea boat.
Let's face it. As some of us get older and better able to achieve our blue water dreams, we want room and creature comforts that previously had been relegated near the bottom of the priority list. Because of this phenomenon, a larger platform is needed to house this stuff. Forty-five to 55 feet is, in our estimation, an ideal size for passage making, and the Farr 50 falls precisely in the middle of this range.
The pilothouse arrangement of the Farr 50 has great merit for voyaging, creating a secure, dry and warm space with great visibility that is easily accessed from the cockpit while under way. At anchor, it may be best described as a raised saloon, which not only has terrific visibility, but also is well separated from the sleeping quarters and galley. Boat Sales International in Hamble, England commissioned Bruce Farr & Associates to design the Farr 50 to be built by Sweden's Najadvarvet AB.
A longtime trend has been to apply the test-bed knowledge gained from cutting-edge offshore racer technology to passagemaking design. Beginning with the IOR yachts of the 1970s and now the current batch of IMS speedsters, the pattern has been to form stable, easily-driven hull shapes with simple, uncluttered deck arrangements. These hull shapes also have a distinct advantage for blue water applications in that they have tremendous interior volume for accommodation and stowage purposes. However, the rub is in not trying to make the vessel too light, and be unable to carry adequate stores for extended voyaging.
The Farr 50 offers a light, but not extreme, hull, which can carry the stores, fuel and water needed for distance sailing. However, the lessons learned from the a long series of successful IMS racers, luxury cruisers, past Whitbread boats, and the current Whitbread 60s guarantee that the Farr 50 Pilothouse will be an exciting yacht to sail. Her larger sister, the Farr 60, which is currently in production, exhibits great sailing abilities on all points of sail?
?Aside from hull shape, control is achieved with a deep, high-aspect rudder that has clearly been developed from many of Bruce Farr's successful racing designs. The high-aspect keel with bulb keeps wetted area low, yet provides good stability with a 35 percent ballast/displacement ratio. In light air, we would expect to see better than average performance due to her sailplan and semi-light displacement. When the wind pipes up, her form stability, low-slung ballast and efficient rudder will provide great control. It is important, however, to keep designs of this nature sailing upright and not over on her ear?
Blue Water Thoughts
We feel that lighter displacement is the wave of the future in blue water boats, so with this in mind, the Farr 50 is very attractive. We all like to make fast passages, and when in the company of other boats going in the same direction, the competitive juices begin to flow, sheets are tweaked and concentration becomes intense. Without a doubt, the Farr 50 is a great sailing boat and well built to take the rigors of the ocean. Daily runs in the 200-mile range will be the norm, making for fast passages and exciting sailing. Additionally, when dealing with dicey weather patterns, the extra speed can make a huge difference when trying to avoid bad weather. A small crew can easily handle her, yet she has very comfortable accommodations for guests when at anchor. Her draft does limit her ability to explore thin water, but this is a key ingredient in her upwind performance.
All in all, the compromises needed to blend offshore sailing features with living aboard comforts have been dealt with very well. If the designers and builders offer some latitude for personal preferences in the arrangement, this may well be an ideal passagemaker for many offshore sailors.
Extracts of review by Skip Pond
Construction and Rig
As with the Farr 60, construction is by Najad in Sweden, a well-respected Old World builder. We expect the quality of finish to be exceptional. Balsa is used above the waterline, but the layup is solid below the waterline, which will give as much protection as a fiberglass hull can provide should grounding occur?
Our understanding is that this vessel complies with the European Union Recreational Craft Directive and is categorised A ? Offshore.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
The hull is of a single skin solid laminate in the central regions below the waterline with the remainder and topsides in a sandwich construction using a end grain balsa core.
The hull is finished in white gelcoat with contrasting cove line and boot topping.
Internally, the hull is top-coated throughout.
Teak laid decking and cockpit seating/sole
Keel & Rudder:
Solid lead fin keel with wing bulb profile
Balanced GRP spade rudder
Engine & gearbox:
Yanmar 4JH3-DTE 4-cylinder turbo-charged direct injection diesel engine producing 125hp
Cockpit and pilot house controls and complete alarm system
Freshwater cooling system via raw water intake and heat exchanger
Yanmar KMH4A reduction gearbox with flexible coupling
Throttle controls in cockpit and in pilot house
Dual fuel filtration system allowing independent filter and bypass system
Maintenance and Performance:
Approx engine hours: approx 2,950 hours as of February 2020
Date of last engine service: October 2019
Engine overhauled including cleaning of heat exchanger ? June 2019
New injector and the high pressure injector pump recently removed and fully serviced by specialists in Lisbon.
24vDC domestic system with 12vDC starting circuits and 220vAC via shore power, generator or inverter
1x 12v engine/generator start battery - 2018
6x 12v 185Ah service batteries joined in parallel and series to supply 555Ah @ 24vDC ? 2018
Oddelco DCC 4000 battery monitoring system
Mastervolt Dakar Combi 24/100 and 230/3000 charger inverter.
Mass inverter charger control.
Yanmar 12vDC 40Amp engine-mounted alternator for charging start battery
24DC secondary high-output alternator for charging service battery banks
Fischer Panda 8Kva 220vAC generator ? fitted 2011
Generator hours: approx tbc hours as of February 2020
Dedicated Racor filter for generator
4x 110w solar panels with MPPT charge controller for charging house batteries
1x 50w solar panel with MPPT charge controller for charging start battery
220vAC shorepower system
24vDC-12vDC voltage converters
PLUMBING & GAS SYSTEMS
24vDC freshwater pump systems with visual indication lights at AC/DC panel
Hot water supply via engine calorifier or 220vAC immersion heater element in well insulated hot water tank powered by shorepower or via generator
Pressurised hot & cold water supplied to galley and heads
Seagull filtered water supply to galley sink
Hot & cold pressurised water supply to transom and cockpit shower
Seafresh H204 220vAC reverse osmosis watermaker producing approx. 72 litres per hour.
High pressure pumps replaced ? 2013
Watermaker ?pickled? and unused in current purchase. The unit require servicing and new membranes ahead of future usage.
3x 12vDC electric bilge pumps with indicators and manual overrides at chart table
Manual bilge pump in cockpit
Grey & Black Water:
Ensuite vacuum heads discharge to holding tank.
Manual day-head discharges to sea.
Blackwater holding tanks can discharge to sea or to land via s/s deck fillers
All showers and sinks discharge directly outboard
2x stainless steel fuel tanks with combined capacity of 950 litres
Tank gauges at chart table
Stainless steel water tanks with combined capacity of 950 litres
Tank gauges at chart table
1x stainless steel blackwater holding tank with 160 litres capacity
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
Raymarine A7 5.7? touchscreen MFD with Wi-Fi ? 2015
Raymarine Quantum radar scanner mounted on transom antenna pole ? 2016
4x Raymarine ST60 repeaters at companionway
Raymarine speed, log, depth, temp and wind transducers
Raymarine ST6000-series Smart Pilot autopilot control connected to hydraulic ram
Suunto steering compass
At chart table:
Raymarine ES127 colour touchscreen GPS radar chart plotter MFD ? 2016
Raymarine Class B AIS transceiver ? 2016
Raymarine ST-6000-series autopilot control head
Raymarine ST60 multi-repeater
Standard Horizon VHF with DSC plus repeater at cockpit helm
Force 10 stainless steel propane gimballed cooker with 3-burners, oven and grill
220vAC microwave oven
24vDC top-opening fridge
24vDC top-opening freezer
220vAC ice maker - 2012
Double stainless steel deep bowl sinks
Seagull water purification system
24vDC Vacuflush electric freshwater marine heads in both ensuites
Manual marine heads in day heads
Basins & showers with hot & cold water supply
24vDC pump out for showers
Heating & Ventilation:
Climma Air 220vAC reverse-cycle air-conditioning system
Extractor fan in aft heads
Opening deckhead hatches with blinds/insect screens
Mosquito covers for companionway and port lights
Cabin lighting LED with dimmers
Alpine CD/Radio with speakers in saloon and cockpit - 2018
Summary of Accommodation:
Up to seven berths in three double cabins with additional single settee berth in saloon.
Light oak interior joinery
Floorboards in traditional teak and holly
Cream vinyl headlining with oak battening
Corian countertops in galley and heads with infills for galley sink
Corian sole in heads
Light grey cloth upholstery in accommodation cabins
Light grey upholstery in pilot saloon
Blue passage covers for saloon upholstery
Mosquito screens for all opening hatches and ports
Description of Accommodation from Forward:
VIP cabin forward with centreline double berth. Hanging lockers to port and starboard.
Forward heads compartment with electric vacuum flush freshwater heads and walk-in shower.
Day heads to port.
Mid-ships double cabin opposite heads to starboard with double berth, pipecot above and hanging locker used as ?bosun?s locker? for spares and tools.
Steps to saloon which has a large U-shaped seating area to starboard with dining table.
Navigation area to port with height adjustable swivel seating allowing internal helm position complete with throttle control, engine control panel and autopilot control head.
Access to engine through the lifting floor which is on hydraulic rams to assist.
Steps to the galley fitted with a cooker, top-opening fridge, freezer and an ice maker.
Aft cabin with central bed, plentiful stowage, hanging lockers to port and starboard. Vanity unit to port with seat and desk.
Door to en-suite with separate walk-in shower, electric vacuum flush freshwater head, wash basin and locker containing washing machine.
Selden aluminium alloy spars ? white painted
Keel stepped mast with three sets of spreaders
Stainless steel wire standing rigging ? 2000 ? rig inspected anually
Aluminium rigging screw protectors
Selden hydraulic in-mast furling system
Selden hydraulic genoa furler
Selden manual staysail furler
Navtec hydraulic backstay and vang with control in cockpit
Lewmar Ocean deck gear with 4:1 adjustable mainsheet track
Genoa tracks with secondary cars for staysail
Selden carbon fibre spinnaker pole ? mast stowed with track
White painted aluminium spinnaker pole
2x Lewmar 66 ECST 2-speed electric self-tailing primary winches
2x Lewmar 48 ECST 2-speed electric self-tailing outhaul/mainsheet winches
2x Lewmar 44 CST 2-speed manual self-tailing secondary winches
2x Lewmar 48 CST 2-speed mainsail self-tailing halyard winches at mast base
Elvstrom FLC furling mainsail with vertical battens ? 2013
Doyle Dacron furling genoa ? 2010
Doyle Dacron furling staysail
North Sails spare mainsail
MPS and snuffer
Stainless steel guardrail stanchions with twin stainless steel wire guardwires
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit
Stainless steel grabrails on main superstructure coachroof
Stainless steel folding ladder at bathing platform
Scanstrut antenna pole for radar scanner
Cockpit table - 2015
Forepeak area with watertight bulkhead, sail stowage area and access to bowthruster.
Full width lazarette aft with watertight bulkhead.
Gas box in lazarette upgraded to take propane bottles ? 2015
Outboard davit at transom
Anchoring & Mooring:
Lewmar 24vDC reversing anchor windlass with remote control and buttons at helm ? fitted 2019
30kgs Bruce stainless steel primary anchor with 70m of 10mm chain
Fenders and warps
Covers & Canvas:
Blue Sunbrella Bimini with stainless steel frame and full cockpit enclosure - 2015
Blue Sunbrella sprayhood with stainless steel frame ? 2015
Deck saloon window covers
General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
Seago cannister liferaft mounted in stainless steel cradle on pushpit ? requires servicing
Danbuoy with light
Alarm system with GMS text alerts.
MOB ?life tag? system
2 x PLB?s
2 x Personal AIS (fitted into life jackets)
1 x ACR 406Mhz EPIRB
Ocean flare pack
Radar reflector on mast
Manual fire extinguishers
Fire blanket at galley