The Farr 6000 is of conventional solid fibreglass construction with foam and wooden stiffening in key areas and bonded in internal mouldings forming the bunks and galley. A distinctive feature is the lapstrake like mouldings of the hull, common to the other Farr trailer yachts, which give additional strength. There is enough built in buoyancy to ensure the boat will float if completely flooded. Most hulls will now be twenty years or more old and have proved over time to be robust and relatively problem free.
The rig is fractional with a large but easily managed main which gives the Farr 6000 excellent performance for its bulk. The original sail plan and class rules only allowed the standard short footed high aspect jib. The medium size spinnaker can get the Farr 6000 surfing in a good breeze but is easily managed. Some owners have fitted and use a genoa which can be useful in light wind lake sailing
The Farr 6000 is not currently in production. The moulds are believed to be in a usable state somewhere in South Australia.
From the designers notes May 1977
The requirements laid down for this design by Sea Nymph were a trailer-sailer of medium size suitable for high volume production.
6 meters was the length chosen, being shorter, lighter and therefore less expensive than the current crop of large sailers around 7 to 8 meters, but careful design of hull-deck shape and interior has resulted in a very spacious boat. High volume production demands that the yacht appeal to a very wide range of buyers. To achieve this wide appeal we set out to design a boat that would be very safe, reasonably priced, fast, stable, and practical and roomy with sporty styling that would not age quickly and would promote enthusiasm amongst today’s conservative buyer.
The hull form is beamy with powerful stern sections to give good stability, speed and high internal volume for accommodation. Forward lines are fine low down with ample reserve buoyancy up high at the sheer, giving an easily driven hull that will be quite dry with excellent performance to windward in choppy seas without losing useful deck space.
The deck and cabin geometry was the result of a great deal of work on the compromises of large cockpit, roomy interior and useful relationship between cockpit and interior, along with a shape that would provide necessary stiffness without heavy fibreglass mouldings or expensive reinforcing. The sloping aft end of the cabin with removable panels allows the interior to become an extension of the cockpit, so that less hardy types and children can stay in the protection of the cabin and still participate directly in the sailing of the boat (rather than being couped up in the cabin not knowing what’s going on.)
The pop-top gives full headroom throughout the main living area and even with the pop-top down headroom is 1.5m (4’11”).
The toilet area is located forward of the main living area behind a bulkhead for complete privacy with ample headroom.
The galley contains all necessary facilities for weekend and extended cruising with good stowage and bench space without intruding excessively on interior space.
Five full length berths are available with the additional capability of extending the starboard settee to a 1.07 meter (3’6″) wide double berth.
The centerline of the yacht is built down to form a shallow keel. This gives the yacht great longitudinal strength and reduces to a minimum the amount of centercase projecting upward into the interior.
The centerboard is solid cast iron and the total ballast weight of 242 Kg (535 lbs) will guarantee self-righting capabilities.
LOA 6.07 m 20' 0"
LWL 5.60 m 18' 4"
Beam 2.45 m 8" 2"
Draft - Keel Raised .42 m 1' 4
Draft - Keel Lowered 1.55 m 5' 1
Ballast 242 kg 535 lbs
Weight 885 kg 1950 lbs
Sail Area - Main 13.00 sq m 140 sq ft
Sail Area - Jib 5.76 sq m 62 sq ft
The interior of the Farr 6000 is probably unmatched by any other trailer Yacht in Australasia for interior volume and sense of spaciousness for its size. The pop top gives full standing headroom and the rear of the cabin can be completely opened up. The centrecase is unobtrusive because the narrow keel is housed mostly in the stub keel. There are five berths. The three in the main cabin are sufficiently long and wide for adults and the two forward bunks have sufficient length to make a comfortable double if an infill is used. The bulkhead gives privacy for the toilet.
Because its combination of accommodation, ease of handling and performance has not been surpassed, the Farr 6000 remains the most sought after trailer yacht in its size range in New Zealand and Australia.
Farr 6000 Interior
Farr Beyond has been immaculately restored by Trevor
Trevor's account of his project can be found here