They're at it again, the formidable trio of Farr Yacht Design, Carroll Marine and Farr International. Whenever this group pools its considerable talent the result is always exciting. From the Mumm 30 to the Corel 45 and Farr 52, this team has designed, built and organized several of the most successful one-design fleets of the past decade and a half. The new Farr 395 OD is no exception. It will tingle the toes of performance sailors (a class is already taking shape) but this boat also has a cruising side. The 395 continues a subtle shift that began with the Concordia 47, a handsome and powerful racer-cruiser introduced by the same group a couple of years ago.
The Farr 40 One Design is the latest collaboration of Farr International, Inc., and Carroll Marine, Ltd. As designers and builders, these two sailing brain trusts are clearly among the best in the world. As the creators of successful big-boat one-design classes, they may well be the best. More and more racing sailors are challenged by the prospect of competing on a level playing field; the new Farr 40, designed to fill the niche for a midsize boat between the Mumm 30 and the Corel 45, demonstrates the rising popularity of one-design racing-31 boats were sold the first year.