2000 Farr 50 Pilot House – NOW SOLD


Grabau International is delighted to announce the sale of the 2000 Farr 50 Pilot House ‘FARR HORIZON’.

Fantastic full bluewater specification Farr 50 Pilot House built by BSI Marine in Sweden. Just three owners since new. Three cabin, three heads layout with twin staterooms. Push button furling cutter rig with powered furling and electric winches.


Conceived for fast and comfortable bluewater passages, the FARR HORIZON can be easily handled by a crew of just two thanks to her push-button hydraulic and electric cutter rig. Thanks to her pilothouse configuration, watches can also kept below decks at her raised helm complete with throttle and autopilot controls. With her light oak joinery three-cabin, three-heads layout complete with two large staterooms, both with centreline double berths, FARR HORIZON is large enough for a couple to live on board in shoreside style and comfort, with ample guest accommodation. Three watertight bulkheads provide ultimate safety at sea and also generate large stowage lockers in the forepeak and across a full-width lazarette.

FARR HORIZON’s specification highlights include:-
• 3-double cabin interior layout with 3-heads
• Internal helm position with engine control and autopilot control head
• Lead wing keel
• Teak decks
• Lewmar Mamba steering system
• Cutter rig with hydraulic furling mainsail and genoa (manual furling staysail)
• Spinnaker pole
• Selden electric winch package
• 3-bladed Maxprop propeller
• Lewmar 10hp retractable bowthruster
• 8kw Fischer Panda generator
• 555Ah 24vDC domestic battery bank
• Twin alternators
• Mastervolt Charger/Inverter system
• Isolation Transformer
• Seafresh watermaker
• Washing machine
• Solar panels
• Climma Air reverse-cycle air-conditioning
• 24vDC ventilation fans
• Updated Raymarine navigation suite including AIS and radar
• Fridge, freezer and ice maker


Our yacht is currently moored at Lagos Marina, Portugal and has been in her current ownership since 2016. We bought her to sail around the world, unfortunately our plans have changed and we now reluctantly offer her for sale to let someone else continue her adventures.

Only Twenty five of these much sought after 50 foot Farr Pilothouse yachts were built. (Farr Horizon is hull number 10). These yachts were commissioned by ‘BSI’ and were designed by Bruce Farr who was asked to design a fast luxury Bluewater cruising yacht which could be sailed in comfort by a couple and go just about anywhere in the world. He succeeded in this. She is a superb sea boat.


Let’s face it. As some of us get older and better able to achieve our blue water dreams, we want room and creature comforts that previously had been relegated near the bottom of the priority list. Because of this phenomenon, a larger platform is needed to house this stuff. Forty-five to 55 feet is, in our estimation, an ideal size for passage making, and the Farr 50 falls precisely in the middle of this range.

The pilothouse arrangement of the Farr 50 has great merit for voyaging, creating a secure, dry and warm space with great visibility that is easily accessed from the cockpit while under way. At anchor, it may be best described as a raised saloon, which not only has terrific visibility, but also is well separated from the sleeping quarters and galley. Boat Sales International in Hamble, England commissioned Bruce Farr & Associates to design the Farr 50 to be built by Sweden’s Najadvarvet AB.

Hull Design

A longtime trend has been to apply the test-bed knowledge gained from cutting-edge offshore racer technology to passagemaking design. Beginning with the IOR yachts of the 1970s and now the current batch of IMS speedsters, the pattern has been to form stable, easily-driven hull shapes with simple, uncluttered deck arrangements. These hull shapes also have a distinct advantage for blue water applications in that they have tremendous interior volume for accommodation and stowage purposes. However, the rub is in not trying to make the vessel too light, and be unable to carry adequate stores for extended voyaging.

The Farr 50 offers a light, but not extreme, hull, which can carry the stores, fuel and water needed for distance sailing. However, the lessons learned from the a long series of successful IMS racers, luxury cruisers, past Whitbread boats, and the current Whitbread 60s guarantee that the Farr 50 Pilothouse will be an exciting yacht to sail. Her larger sister, the Farr 60, which is currently in production, exhibits great sailing abilities on all points of sail…

…Aside from hull shape, control is achieved with a deep, high-aspect rudder that has clearly been developed from many of Bruce Farr’s successful racing designs. The high-aspect keel with bulb keeps wetted area low, yet provides good stability with a 35 percent ballast/displacement ratio. In light air, we would expect to see better than average performance due to her sailplan and semi-light displacement. When the wind pipes up, her form stability, low-slung ballast and efficient rudder will provide great control. It is important, however, to keep designs of this nature sailing upright and not over on her ear…

Blue Water Thoughts

We feel that lighter displacement is the wave of the future in blue water boats, so with this in mind, the Farr 50 is very attractive. We all like to make fast passages, and when in the company of other boats going in the same direction, the competitive juices begin to flow, sheets are tweaked and concentration becomes intense. Without a doubt, the Farr 50 is a great sailing boat and well built to take the rigors of the ocean. Daily runs in the 200-mile range will be the norm, making for fast passages and exciting sailing. Additionally, when dealing with dicey weather patterns, the extra speed can make a huge difference when trying to avoid bad weather. A small crew can easily handle her, yet she has very comfortable accommodations for guests when at anchor. Her draft does limit her ability to explore thin water, but this is a key ingredient in her upwind performance.

All in all, the compromises needed to blend offshore sailing features with living aboard comforts have been dealt with very well. If the designers and builders offer some latitude for personal preferences in the arrangement, this may well be an ideal passagemaker for many offshore sailors.

Extracts of review by Skip Pond

We wish her new owners fair winds and following seas.

For those that missed out, Grabau International has a number of other similar yachts available for sale including:

Jeanneau 58 – full details here

Beneteau 57 – full details here

McNaughton 57 Custom Deck Saloon – full details here

Moody 54 – full details here

Mason 54 – full details here

Hanse 548 – full details here

Comar Comet 52RS – full details here

Vismara V50 DS – full details here

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49DS – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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