July 2007 Issue
Far Harbour 39, Container Yachts Tested
Designed by Bob Perry, the Far Harbour 49’s primary mission is to be a capable cruiser that can fit into a common shipping container to be shipped anywhere in the world at a substantial cost savings over other shipping alternatives. Practical Sailor examines the boat and crunches the numbers to see if it’s really worth all the trouble.
Take an International 110, stretch it out to 39 feet, give it a cambered deck, raised pilothouse, and the interior comforts of a couple’s cruising boat, and you’ll have a snapshot of what Container Yachts’ Far Harbour 39 looks—and in many respects—sails like. If you want a cruising boat that can be boxed and shipped, then the Far Harbour 39 “box boat” is worth considering. If you’re not planning to use your boat this way, then save your $250,000 for a boat that has fewer compromises for the sake of shipping dimensions.
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