Design #314 - IMS 47
In the case of the Farr IMS 47, the rudder and its shaft include carbon in the construction, incorporating into the design of the boat the small assessed penalty of about ½ second per mile. The hull and deck are being built with Kevlar to avoid the rating penalty for using carbon in hull and deck construction which narrows carbon's competitive advantage to windy, rough water regattas where the benefits of a slightly stiffer structure and lower pitching inertia could offset the rating difference.
The sail plan, deck layout and interior arrangement are strictly racing oriented. The sail plan is a "full-race" fractional rig with in-line spreaders, running backstays and adjustable checkstays. The mast and rigging specifications will provide a totally controllable mast for inshore and offshore developed from our latest generation of very successful IOR fifty footers. The large cockpit features a coffee grinder for the primary winches, wheel steering and mainsail sheeting aft of the helmsman's position.
IMS regulations now allow for a more spartan interior in the Racing Division, similar to the old IMS minimums, yet still more generous than provided for in the IOR days. This results in an interior that meets the needs of a racing yacht while retaining some of the elements that allow the yacht to be used for modest cruising.
The Farr IMS 47 interior arrangement includes a separate head compartment just forward of the mast, and a compact galley which will keep a racing crew well fed. The main cabin has settees amidships with generous gear lockers outboard. Pipe berths are located aft, outboard of the engine box and navigator's station. Only four berths are required to meet the IMS regulations, but a total of eight adjustable berths may be fitted for offshore racing. A large, well-equipped navigation station is on centerline aft of the engine box keeping the chart table clear of the sail handling area and positioned where the navigator will enjoy a comfortable ride in rough sea conditions.
This boat, BRIBON as she is called, was built by Cookson Boats for Mr. Josè Cusi of Spain. Project management and sailing support are provided by Lorenzo Bortolotti of Fast Yachts. She recently won 3 bullets in her first series at the Trofeo Ermenegildo Zegna held in Barcelona, Spain, May 20 - 22, 1994.