Based on the success of the FAREAST 26, Simonis Voogd designed a smaller, more compact performance cruiser. The boat was intended to answer the demand for a boat that could be rigged and launched by one person and would still be suitable for weekend cruising and club buoy racing. Like the 26, the design brief mandated that the boat be stylish, fast, simple and low maintenance. Again, performance and exciting sailing was the rule. A premium was put on keeping the rig simple and easy to set up and sail, the cockpit spacious and ergonomic, the interior open, bright and usable for more than just sail storage. The FAREAST 18 delivers that and more, with cockpit space for 5 or 6 adults and bunks for 3, along with plenty of storage space. Most of all, it’s fun and exciting to sail. The “no back stay”, crossbow rig and square top main deliver plenty of power in a simple, easy to manage package. Details like the carbon fiber tiller and infused foils are a reminder that this boat, although comfortable, is a modern, high tech cruiser-racer. With more than 100 boats built in the first year, the FAREAST 18 is already an unqualified success.
Design and Build:
Continuing the successful partnership between FAREAST and Dutch/South African design house Simonis Voogd, the FAREAST 18 is, in many respects, a scaled down version of the 26.Like the 26, the FAREAST 18 is a sleek, light displacement, high stability yacht with high aspect ratio foils and bulb keel. The engineering of the boat plays to FAREAST’s strengths; cutting edge composite technology, resin infusion, resin transfer molding and close fitting tolerances. Because of the precision and consistency of FAREAST’s build, Simonis Voogd was able to design a complete modular construction for the hull, deck and interior. The net result is a structure that’s 40% lighter than an equivalent traditionally built boat. The design and high tech build has successfully narrowed the gap between sport boat and cruiser. On paper, the FAREAST 18 stats read like a sport boat, and it delivers sport boat like performance. But it does so with a large, comfortable cockpit, plenty of storage, a bright, open interior with bunks for 3. With the launch of the FAREAST 18, sailors no longer have to choose between speed and comfort.
The FAREAST 18 weighs just 1500 lbs. It’s compact dimensions, lifting keel, removable rudder and light weight Selden mast make for a hassle free trailer-sailor. With the keel retracted completely, the boat floats in less than 1 foot of water, so it can be easily ramp launched. The mast can be stepped by one person and boat and trailer are light enough to be towed by most cars and small SUV’s. Your cruising grounds are now limited only by the range of your car and imagination.
Adaptive Sailing: The Fareast 18’s open cockpit design makes this boat perfect for programs looking to support their adaptive sailing needs. Check out Sail Cape Cod’s Fareast 18!
FAREAST is dedicated to the highest possible quality and value. We can deliver consistent and high quality boats at excellent prices for several reasons. First, is technology. The same resin infusion and RTM processes that allow us to build lighter, stronger and longer lasting boats, also ensure flawless lamination and clean, smooth finishes. Because the resin is pre-measured and infused into the fiberglass and core, both weight and resin/fiber ratios are perfectly controlled. Second, is experience. FAREAST has built over 20,000 boats. Our background in dinghies, especially one design racing dinghies, means that our engineers and workers are used to incredibly tight tolerances, and the expectation of perfect finishes. What’s more, we’re building the boats in a lower cost labor market. Rather than leveraging that lower labor cost toward “cheap”, FAREAST increases the time and effort spent on fit, finish and quality control. Third, are our suppliers. At FAREAST, we recognize what we’re best at and we look for suppliers who are also industry leaders. Our boats are fitted with Harken, Ronstan and Spinlock deck hardware. Spars, standing rigging and roller furlers are supplied Selden. Besides being the highest quality, most respected names in the industry, these suppliers are also the best supported globally. This means that FAREAST owners around the world have broad local support for service and warrantee on all the most important components of their boats.
Please contact Matt in regards to outfitting these boats for adaptive sailing. Fleet discounts are also available. 508.778.9187