Farr 740 Sport

Farr 740 Sport Specifications

From the Sea Nymph brochure 1980

The Farr 740 Sport was developed to satisfy market enthusiasm for a high performance “go fast” one design lift-keel yacht capable of winning line honours against similar sized boats and also to be highly competitive under JOG rating. The 740 Sport is an exciting boat to sail with excellent performance in all conditions. She is a dream to handle in strong fresh winds and can be driven hard with complete confidence.

The “Sport” principal has resulted in a design fully equipped to current race yacht standards, including a twin spreader rig with running backstays, large cockpit and complete sheeting adjustments. Gear and equipment for the boat has been carefully planned at the design and production prototype stages. The result is a simple yacht offering a well-resolved and complete range of rig adjustment enabling the enthusiast to enjoy the latest developments at a moderate cost.

Sea Nymph Boats Ltd (now McDell Marine) builders of more than 7000 GRP boats has in conjunction with Farr Yacht Design, developed a highly sophisticated construction layup for the 740 Sport using woven and unidirectional rovings with core materials of “Klegecell” foam in the deck and “Firet” coremat in the hull. The result is a light, extremely strong boat of high standard.

Despite the attention to race-winning design the yacht has four full-size berths. Two can convert to a double berth if required. There’s room, too, for an additional quarter berth. The galley has a sink with storage below, an icebox and an area for a two-burner gimballed stove. The toilet area is forward of the bulkhead for privacy and easy access. Storage is copious with lockers under all berths and huge areas aft for sail storage. The cockpit has a locker for outboard fuel tank and another gear locker. The combination sliding main hatch/pop top allows lots of headroom. The wrap-around window lets in plenty of light and allows a wide view. The large forward hatch gives easy access and ventilation and there’s a locker forward for anchor storage. The cockpit is large for comfortable cruising and the wide side decks are a comfort boon for the crew men when out racing.

  • Overall length 7.37m (24’2")

  • Waterline Length 6.64m (21’9")

  • Beam 2.5m (8’2")

  • Draft 1.70m (5’7")

  • Keel Up 0.27m (11")

  • Weight (no crew) 1136kg (2503lb)

  • Displacement 1416kg (3120lb)

  • Ballast 376kg (827lb)

Sleeps four adults or two adults and two children. V-berth forward plus two full-length settee berths in main cabin. Head compartment with space for marine or portable toilet under forward V-berth. Galley with sink and two-burner stove (metho).

Standard Equipment:
Pop-top with integral sliding hatch; forehatch; self-draining cockpit; cockpit storage locker and fuel tank locker; non-skid deck and cockpit sole surfaces; boom vang; boom downhaul; internal main outhaul; mainsheet and traveller system; trim reef and two slab reef systems; two coaming winches plus two cabin-top winches with two handles and pockets; four turning blocks either side of mast to lead control lines aft; two sets of headsail tracks; alloy cam cleats for halyards, sheets, control lines and keel lifting system; stainless steel forestay fitting incorporating jib cunningham sheave and hooks for headsail tack; dead-eyes plus snap-shackle blocks for outboard sheeting; hinged mast-step tabernacle plus mast support and bracket for trailing; tilting rudder blade; aluminium rudder stock; stainless steel rudder gudgeons; wood tiller; teak foot-holds on deck; tinted wrap around windscreen; self-draining anchor locker with hinged lid; recessed mooring bollard; towing eye; transom step; gelcoat water-line.

Spars and Rigging:
Three-quarter rig with tapered one-piece elliptical-section mast; single set of aerofoil angled spreaders; aluminium spars sprayed with hard-wearing white lacquer; standing rigging consists of integral forestay with twin headfoil; back-stay with 6:1 purchase, upper and lower shrouds; running rigging consists of twin back-stays, main halyard, two headsail halyards, spinnaker halyard; all rigging is stainless steel 1/19 wire; halyards are wire to rope.

Auxiliary Power:
Recommended 6-8 hp outboard mounted on transom bracket.

Hull lay-up is combination of chopped strand mat, "Firet" coremat and woven rovings and unidirectional rovings with Klegecell core. Interior fibreglass liner is fibreglassed and glued to hull with foam between for strength and positive bouyancy.

With rigging, standard equipment and basic interior fitting out: $15,990. Sails and outboard extra.

Plus options offered:
Pulpit, life-lines, etc outboard bracket; navigational and interior lights; spinnaker gear; two burner methylated gimballed stove; marine or portable toilet; headfoil; galley extension leaf and cover; stern ladder; trailer; others.

Designer: Bruce Farr

Builder: Sea Nymph Boats Ltd, now McDell Marine, New Zealand and CBZ, Italy.