Originally Posted by Jeff_H
I am disappointed to hear your comments about the Farr 395 since they have almost always looked like a nice boat. My comment above was mainly directed toward their relative performance. I have almost no time on a Farr 395 (hitched a ride back from St. Michaels on one in moderate conditions that died and we ended up motoring).
Again, the Zero G thing sounds like the boat in question was being pushed very hard, or you were in the forepeake. On similar designs, amidships, and in the quarter berths, I found these boats surprisingly comfortable even at speed in a short chop.
I was in the port upper birth when not on deck. I was probably the least or second least experienced of the the crew. Total sailing years was probably over a couple hundred with everyone added together and they all said it was the worst crossing by far they ever had.
The boat is fast really fast. I've spent enough time with 400 grit sandpaper on the hull to have a feel of the shape and all I can figure is that it was coming off waves and dropping and hitting the water every few seconds.
So do people ever really cruise a boat like that? It never occurred to me that it could be done.
It has rod rigging. Have to add furler for jib and jacks or something for the main. Get Dacron sails made. It is a very simple rig but the way it is it takes six of us to sail it and some of the guys are 40 years younger than I.
Also I worry that a boat like this that was heavily raced may have something really sprung that might be a boat killer.
I have a very active imagination and don't know how real it is but when I heard those sounds!! The way I imagine it is that a panel of fiberglass when new has a certain strength but when it has been flexed to certain limit some internal fibers are broken and it can flex even further with the same stress breaking even more fibers. Eventually the whole boat is more water balloon like than coconut like. Sitting at the dock or in 10 knots it looks great. Kick it up to 40 knots for about 3 days and the boat just falls apart.
That's how my imagination goes when I think about a race boat a bunch of years old. The farr 395 has a hydraulic back-stay with a meter on it. Maybe stringing a line from the bow to the stern and checking the deformation of the hull under different tensions would prove I'm full of it.