Design #281 - Farr IMS 50
Development of this design is based upon a concept similar to the enormously successful Farr IMS 40, proven by the unbeaten performance record of COOKSON'S HIGH 5 at the 1992 Kenwood Cup. The hull shape is clean and fair with an almost plumb bow giving a long water line length for length overall. Additional important features of this design include very high stability, a generous sailplan, and superior engineering.
It is through clever engineering and design that the Farr IMS 50 has such high stability relative to its light/moderate displacement. The center of gravity is low and weight is concentrated effectively to give powerful performance upwind. Even the interior furniture is engineered to add integrity to the yacht's structure where possible.
The mast is fractionally rigged and provides generous sail area enhancing great all round performance especially reaching and downwind. This design will significantly out pace an IOR 50 on all points of sail.
Clever deck and interior design reveal the true dual purpose nature of this design. The deck layout is simple and promotes efficient crew movement and positioning for racing. The interior layout not only exceeds the minimum IMS requirements, it in fact exceeds the maximum accommodation score. The accommodations reflect clever use of the internal volume relative to the deck shape, providing a comfortable and functional lightweight interior that offers crew ample room below-deck for work, rest, and relaxation.
Construction is Kevlar and S-glass sandwiched over PVC foam cores bonded with epoxy resin maximizing stiffness to weight in relation to IMS material restrictions. These materials are strong, very durable and light. Construction is plan approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
The Farr IMS 50 is one example in a range of dual purpose designs developed by Bruce Farr & Associates, Inc. Along with the Farr IMS 31, 36, 39, 40, 42 and 44, these designs offer the versatility to suit the requirements of owners whether they choose to focus on racing with the opportunity to cruise comfortably, or cruising with the option to race competitively.