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post #6 of Old 08-19-2006
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This is one of Farr's IOR era half-tonners. They were out and out IOR rule beater race boats, with minimal accomodations. It could make those passages with an extremely knowledgable crew but it would be a poor choice if that is your long term goals.

Seabreeze: Appropos to our ongoing discussion about the impact of rule beating, this is actually a good example of how distorting a design to a racing rule compromises the quality of the design of the boat that is produced.

In this case it is the distortions of the IOR rule vs a design that ignores all racing rules. Here we have two designs by the same designer in nearly the same time period.

If you compare design number 54 to design number 87 (on the link you provided http://www.farrdesign.com/production_designs1.html) the fixed keel versions of design 87 produced boats that had better accomodations, and which were faster and more seaworthy than design 54. Design 87 would be a pretty nice boat to own today for whatever purpose you chose to use her (other than grandprix racing) while boats built to design 54 are pretty much obsolete for almost all purposes, with some limited exceptions such as daysailing or club level racing. That is my point when I say that a boat is an obsolete rule beater.

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Jeff
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