The FAREAST 26 was the yard’s first keel boat project, launched in April 2010. Driven by requests from existing customers for a small performance cruiser suitable for ownership by sailing clubs as well as individuals, FAREAST engaged Simonis Voogd to design the boat. The design brief mandated that the boat be stylish, fast, simple and low maintenance. It required a cockpit large enough for 8, bunks for 5 and shippable in a standard international shipping container. Most of all, it had to be fun and exciting to sail. And that’s just what they got!
Design and Build:
Known for their performance driven designs, Simonis Voogd was the obvious choice to design the FAREAST 26. Like many of their designs, the boat 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 26 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, an expansive interior with settee, bunks for 5 and enclosed head. With the launch of the FAREAST 26, sailors no longer have to choose between speed and comfort.
Because the boat weighs just 3500 lbs and is fitted with a lifting keel and removable rudder, the FAREAST 26 is an ideal trailer-sailor. With the keel retracted completely, the boat floats in just 1 foot of water, so it can be easily ramp launched. The trailer can also be fitted with a simple mast stepping system that allows two people to quickly and safely step the mast.Your cruising grounds are now limited only by the range of your car and imagination.
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 email Matt or call us at: 508.778.9187 to learn more about the Fareast 26