Sailing Anarchy – First off, how did the Farr X2 initially come about?
Bret Perry – We did a Farr 43 design concept that took the best part of a year. But with a boat that size you’re pinning your luck on selling a small handful of boats and you’re nowhere under a million dollars to be sailing it in a Grand Prix format. And so I was on the Infotrack delivery, coming back from Hobart with you last year, when I had this vision for the Farr X2 and I just decided to take it on and make it happen. We ended up at a point where we did a concept release via Sail-World.com and it just went nuts. We had about 45 emails of interest, and so we knew we were onto something, so that just made us put our foot down and focus on it. It has now developed and morphed itself into this project which is really quite special.”
SA – Once you decided to build something more towards the 30-foot shorthanded realm, how did you dial in your concept before moving onto the actual design phase? And what is the actual concept for the boat?
BP – Well, the Farr X2 got started while lying in my bunk, off-watch on the InfoTrack. But it really stemmed from my days in the Mini fleet in Europe. I spoke to a lot of my colleagues in the Mini class and they all had misgivings about what came after a Mini Transat campaign. For the elite few, they’d end up on a Class 40 or an IMOCA, but for the majority of sailors, they didn’t have that opportunity to step up and there wasn’t much in the 30 foot range that Mini sailors could get the opportunity to sail. A lot of the boats were heavier and more cruiser oriented, but these guys and gals wanted something fun and fast. They didn’t want to be stuck to the water because they were heavy and slow. So we started with a design brief around a fully turboed 30 footer that was at a certain price point. After many looks at it, we came up with the Farr X2. It’s important to note that the Farr X2 has been extensively reviewed and engineered by the design team at Farr Yacht Design in Annapolis, Maryland.
Using their proprietary in-house CFD program IDEOS (Integrated Design Exploration and Optimization System) this hull has been through more than 500 different shapes. With little minute changes dependent on what info we put in, we dialed in the hull shape to get what we wanted, which was a boat that could handle the big stuff in 25 knots plus but not be sticky in 7 knots and flat water. So there’s a lot to think about in optimizing the boat without sacrificing power. In saying all of this, we’ve come up with by far the lightest Category A certified offshore racing boat with the nearest boats being up to 500kg heavier and the heavier ones over a ton heavier.