Design #668 80' Racing/Cruising Yacht
Farr Yacht Design’s latest launch is the new BEAU GESTE, an 80 foot offshore-oriented racercruiser. Owner Karl Kwok and project manager Gavin Brady came to FYD to develop a design with the capability to race offshore with a limited crew size and also provide its crew with a level of comfort greater than what is expected on the latest breed of all-out large ocean racers. BEAU GESTE was built at Cookson Boats, with the spar built by Southern Spars. BEAU GESTE has a lifting keel to permit a deep sailing draft and also provide the ability to access docking accommodations. As with other modern ocean racers, BEAU GESTE boasts a moderately high beam and low displacement to ensure excellent offshore performance, particularly reaching. The hull shape was developed from our recent successful experiences with offshore yachts, including Volvo 70’s and Open 60’s. In particular, a plumb stem and immersed transom maximize effective length. Hull chines maximize dynamic stability in hard reaching conditions. Special consideration was given to balancing the fullness of the bow with the depth and immersion of the transom to optimize performance across a range of boatspeeds and ensure the bow lifts at higher speeds.