Design #137 Farr 44
This design commission came to us from noted yachtsman and author, Newbold Smith. With extensive offshore cruising and racing experience, Smith wanted a yacht to replace an existing one of similar length. The new boat was to be very comfortable and well appointed cruising yacht fulfilling Smith's own interior requirements and, at the same time, be a high performance yacht with exceptional handling characteristics able to race very competitively under fair minded rating rules and handicapping systems, (MHS, PHRF) without being unduly penalized by the IOR Rule.
The key to handling and performance is a hull form of light to moderate displacement, (displacement length ration = 159); very moderate beam to length ratio and easy undistorted lines, coupled with a high aspect ratio optimum area keel; good stability from a high ballast ration and low center of gravity; and, a good sized sailplan.