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FARR 727
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Description: FARR 727
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue May 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


A nice dayboat, or even a small coastal cruiser for two people or a small family, and it comes off not so expensive. With nice sails it makes a very capable racer. It is the boat which won the the 1974 IOR 1/4 ton cup: the young architect Bruce Farr came to this race with a boat that was fitted with mattresses, stove... and won against the other raw fiberglass boats. As far as I know, it has been produced in the US under the name "north star", and it was (very well) built in France by the now defunct boatyard "Mallard". There are a dozen of them on the lake geneva, but it is not very well known in france (I do not know for the US).------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Under sail: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- my farr 727 has an "inshore" type rig (5ft taller) and its waterline has been lengthened towards the rear by 2ft, which makes it drag much less water when 4 or 5 persons are in the cockpt, under spinnaker.
Sail area on close reach is about 31sq m (330sq ft), and I use two spinnakers, one 45 and one 65 sq m (480 and 700sq ft). The big one is almost dangerous above 3Bft unless you are very confident in the rig. It is a very responsive boat and manoeuvering at sail in a marina is not a problem, it tacks like a dinghy. The tiller feeling is rather stiff, but at least you feel the boat, it must be tuned well. It made it surf quite a few times, with the sipnnaker you surf at 4-5Bft, and at 7-8Bft surfing with the waves has been great fun several times.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Rig: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It has a fractional rig with runners, with spreaders angled to the back, which means the mast is held correctly without the runners (most of the time): these are here only to stiffen the stay when on the wind (beating), or when the spinnaker pulls a lot. When on 2rd reef or with even less sail, you can stiffen both runners and leave them in place, even for tacking, which is very comforting. So to summarize the runners are not so critical for cruising, and nice to have for racing. The mast goes through the deck, and rests on the keel.
I would definitely advise against using a masthead gennaker or spinnaker on this boat, unless the upper section of the mast is stiffened sideways through an additional spreader.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Displacement: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- should be around 2600lb (empty), mine is at 3200lb ready to sail. I do not know the exact figures - if you have them, e-mail me.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
hardware: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------the normal equipment is 3 winches, one being on the cabin top and very easy to handle when standing in the cabin opening. Normally everything is lead back to this winch, including reefing lines. On my boat, I have two additional winches backward from the genoa winches, which I think are indispensable to handle the spinnaker sheets, and are also good to stiffen the runners on a close reach.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
On deck:
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ * an anchor locker, with davits which must be badly placed if there was a genoa furler (as usual :-)
* no stowage accessible from the cockpit, you have to crawl into the berths under the cockpit.
* the cockpit is nice for 4-6 persons sitting, or two lying down.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Inside, from bow to stern: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * a small cabin with not enough length for two adults, ideal for children. I use it as the sail locker. There are valves orginally meant for a toilet bowl, if you need a head you ought better fit a portapotti I think.
* the mast bulkhead with an opening which could be closed by a door
* on port, a nice kitchenette with a small sink and a double stove, then a berth going far under the cockpit seats
* on starboard, a long berth (almost 4m, 13ft) going far under the cockpit seats
* under the cockpit (in the center) a stowage area (or for the inboard motor)
So you can sleep two adults and two children. You naturally can stand (unless you are less than 4ft 6in :-) but sitting height is comfortable. My boat has just a few planks as a lining where you lean against, but otherwise the fiberglass is raw (which makes a lot of condensation when you sleep inside). I have seen other farr727 with cloth or plastic lining-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Problems I encountered:
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * the mast passage through the deck is not waterproof, you need a rubber sleeve (possibly with the inner tube of a tyre)
* If there have been water problems at the mast (and stagnant water inside), the mast bulkhead (plywood) may be rotten at the bottom. Check the block of hard wood (oak or mahogany or teak) on which the mast rests, it can be rotten too.
* between the rudder and the skeg, a small wood part was fitted to make a kind of hydrodynamic seal. It was fitted with two parker screws. Once, leaving the boat on a mooring, I forgot to fasten the tiller: it shaked, and made this wooden seal loose, and ... the boat sank. So check it, and better remove it (epoxying the holes), and even better replace it by two rubber or soft plastic strips.
* Check for water in the bottom. With an outboard motor the boat should be absolutely dry - no excuses. Otherwise the deck is not watertight somewhere (or by the mast), or there is a leak at the keel bolts meaning the keel hit somewhere and suffered.
* fitting of the bow mooring cleat: on my boat is is held only by two screws in the fiberglass - change that - and add another mooring cleat.
* Outboard motor fitting: when the boat is lengthened, the boat sits at the rear tip of the boat, after 2 ft of fibreglass, it is not very nice for the fitting and for the boat. Should use another solution, I do not know what.
* Spreader angle: check for symetrical angle at least, otherwise tune the rig.
* with the inshore rig you would better have 3 reefs on the main, probably also with the short (standard) rig on the sea.
* the companionway hatch is not watertight, system should be reviewed.
* (not a problem!) No osmosis is visible on my boat (no bubbles) I do not know whether it is significant, the boat has been for more than 20years in fresh water, I never had it tested.
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