2004 DK Yachts Farr 520 Performance – NOW SOLD


Grabau International is delighted to announce the sale of the 2004 DK Yachts Farr 520 Performance ‘GODSPEED’.

Well maintained and extensively updated high performance custom design carbon composite hulled boat from the legendary Farr Yacht Design, combines exhilarating performance with a comfortable interior.


GODSPEED with just two owners was originally custom designed based upon the hull for the highly successful Farr 520D for her original Greek owner at an approximate cost of Euro 1.4m with a further EUR 250,000 invested in her extensive sail wardrobe and with which we are told she achieved many very good race results. Now under her second ownership to a professional racing academy for just one year, GODSPEED is sadly having to make way for a new commercial project. With her extensive specification, she would make for either a very competitive race boat or an extremely fast cruising boat. She provides for a surprisingly comfortable interior specification designed by Design Unlimited comprising three double cabins with one en-suite and a further guest/day heads, whilst her saloon provides an excellent space for entertaining or additional sleeping space as required and her linear style galley should ensure everyone is well catered for. In addition to her many performance features such as the design and construction materials used for her hull, deck, carbon mast, boom and bowsprit plus of course, her extensive 20-sail sail wardrobe from a mixture of North and Quantum, she has many features considered useful for cruising as well such as; a watermaker, generator, well equipped galley and air conditioning plus her engine is from the ever-popular Yanmar brand.

Seller’s Comments:

“We have had her for just one year and it is a pity to not be keeping her longer. In the last year we have done just one 1,000 mile race to Montenegro, competed in the Rolex Middle Sea Race with a completely amateur crew where although we were leading the ARC racing division for a long time but after breaking our gennaker still finished in 9th place. We finished this year’s Heineken Cup in 2nd place.”

Builder’s Summary:

“DK Yachts, situated in Malacca, Malaysia, specialises in building custom high-tech composite racing yachts and is one of only 3 licensed builders for Farr International worldwide, building the Mumm 30, the new Farr® 36 OD, Farr® 40 OD and the Farr® 52 One Design.

DK Yachts was established at Composite Technology City, Malacca, Malaysia in 1997 as a joint venture between German and Malaysian interests. Since that time DK has been steadily establishing itself as one of the world’s best practice boat builders and is fast becoming recognised as a benchmark in quality composite yacht construction.

DK Yachts has one of the most technologically advanced composite manufacturing facilities in the world. The impressive 110,000 sq ft fully airconditioned boatyard contains a multi-cycle computerised spray chamber and curing oven, dedicated laminating room and engineering workshop, plus one of the largest five-axis CNC milling machines in South East Asia to complement its eight station IBM CAD/CAM design system.

CEO Hannes Waimer has an enviable background in composite yacht construction having cofounded “Speedwave” in Germany. Speedwave was a name synonymous with the construction of specialised components for Whitbread / Volvo Around-the-World, America’s Cup, Admiral’s Cup and Maxi yachts. Speedwave built such components as carbon fibre / titanium rudders and keels for Admiral’s Cup yachts; the spreaders and rudders for the America’s Cup winning 12m yacht Stars and Stripes; and the rudder, keel and steering system for the Whitbread / Volvo Around-the-World yacht UBS Switzerland. From there Speedwave went on to build the ILC 40 Anemos amongst other hightech yachting projects. In fact, during the late eighties and well into the nineties, just about every serious Maxi boat and Admiral’s Cup contender had some degree of “Speedwave” on board.

With this pedigree, the company brought to Malaysia a team of 20 technicians, many of which previously worked at Speedwave, and now work alongside 230 locally employed staff.

DK’s 110,000 square foot manufacturing facility has sold an impressive range of 35 racing yachts ranging from the Mumm 30, Farr® 40 One Design and the Farr® 52 One Design, to a 115ft ocean racing yacht designed by Juan K of Prada America’s Cup fame. Other marine products include moulds for the Victory team’s offshore racing powerboat, moulds for a 50ft Catamaran motorboat designed by Peter van Oosanen built for a Dutch boatyard.

Hannes Waimer says, “Because DK’s concern extends beyond boat building, and is actively involved in architectural and industrial application of composite construction, we are able to have a lot more equipment compared to other boatyards. Add to that our technical prowess, experience in the racing yacht field and ISO 9002 Certification, we are capable of doing some excellent yacht work.”

Text taken from the Farr Yacht Design’s Brochure for the boat

Designer’s Summary of the Boat:

“The Farr 520 is developed from the hugely successful Farr 52OD, a boat which has proven to results under IMS, PHRF, IRC and IRM rating systems. These moderate to light displacement flyers have achieved world renowned success – Bear of Britain being overall winner of the America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta.

Now Farr International and DK Yachts have developed a racer/cruiser version of this design using the same hull and foils. This new yacht will be a no-compromise contender in all major handicap ratings which is at the same time comfortably appointed below decks with a beautifully conceived and detailed interior styling by Design Unlimited.”

Text taken from the Farr Yacht Designer’s brochure for the boat.

Her specification highlights include:-
• Carbon and corecell foam composite hull and deck construction.
• Carbon mast.
• Mast Jack with hydraulic pump.
• Carbon boom with stackpack and lazy jacks.
• Carbon retractable bowsprit.
• Carbon Spinnaker pole.
• Hydraulic backstay, vang and outhaul.
• PBO Rigging
• Tuff luff.
• Roller furler headsail.
• Carbon rudder and matching stock.
• Yanmar 56hp diesel engine (serviced annually).
• Extensive 20-sail sail wardrobe.
• Twin carbon wheels.
• A 2-bladed racing propeller.
• A 3-bladed cruising propeller.
• Replaced batteries.
• Renewed B & G electronics.
• Renewed Inmarsat.
• Renewed VHF Radio.
• 3-cabin 2-heads layout (1 an en-suite to the owner’s cabin).
• Generator.
• Watermaker.
• Refrigerator.
• 3-burner oven and electric ceramic stove.
• Air conditioning.
• Hot water.
• Dual alternators.
• Harken winches & matching twisted pedestal for primary winches.
• Electric anchor windlass.
• Stern bathing shower.
• Tender and outboard motor.
• Two life rafts plus a large amount of other safety equipment.

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:

Vismara Marine V54 – full details here

Vismara Marine V50 – full details here

Goetz Farr 53 Custom – full details here

Judel Vrolijk 16m Performance Cruiser – full details here

Gieffe 53 – full details here

Beneteau First 50 – full details here

Beneteau First 50 – full details here

Grand Soleil 50 – full details here

Sly Yachts 48C – full details here

VR Yacht 47 – full details here

Beneteau First 47.7 – full details here

MC46 Race Carbon – 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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