Van Munster and Farr Yacht Design

We are very excited to be in negotiations with Farr Yacht Design to produce their latest design, the FAST 40+ design 841. Our discussions are for a construction start that would see the first boat available for the Australian Summer. A full design presentation, proposed specification and pricing is available upon request.

Full details can be found on the Farr Yacht Design website - click here

News and Design Details From the Farr Yacht Design Website

Around the world we are seeing a resurgence of interest in high performance race boats at the 40’ size.  Originating in the UK, the Fast 40+ class has gone from strength to strength providing exceptionally close racing for well matched, high performance 40 footers.  The dynamic performance of the Fast 40’s and their more accessible construction and operating costs have peaked the interest of sailors around the world.  We are seeing a significant amount of interest in boats of this style from Australia, New Zealand, USA, and European owners with particular interest in boats that are not solely targeted at inshore style racing.  Responding to this interest we have developed a brand new design that reflects the recent evolutions of the IRC and Fast 40+ rules, but is specifically optimised to a larger component of offshore sailing conditions; positioned to excel in both inshore regattas and in the offshore races.

Guiding principles of our FAST 40+ design 841 include:

• Design parameters optimised to the 2018 FAST 40+ class rule and targeted to perform both inshore and offshore in dynamic conditions

• An aggressive approach to maximize the benefit of moving crew weight both longitudinally and transversely

• Refined, high stability/low drag hull shape integrated with advanced deck and structural design

• Modern, open cockpit deck geometry designed to maximize efficient handling with minimized weight, windage and pitch gyradius

• Maximum-performance high efficiency appendages for impressive downwind offshore performance and high lift in demanding conditions or racing in tight fleets

• Easily re-modeable to optimise for inshore or offshore focused schedules

• Light, reliable and efficient structural design integrated with deck and rig features

This design is developed to excel in coastal and offshore races where dynamic reaching performance is paramount while still providing excellent inshore performance in tight windward leeward regattas.  Design 841 is a product of the latest in design technology and leverages 40 years of design experience.  It features a fresh look at every element of the boat, leaving no stone unturned. It combines cutting-edge research with countless innovations and refinements that will define the next generation of FAST 40+.

We are in advanced discussions with Van Munster boats in Australia in preparation for a construction start that would see the first boat available for the Australian Summer. A full design presentation, proposed specification and pricing is available upon request.

FB35 - Grand Prix Racing Yacht

Combining the very best Grand Prix construction technology with the latest in design philosophy to produce a modern, light weight, high strength yacht that is fast, fun and easy to sail. Capable of 25knts downwind

Grand Prix Construction

  • 359-F01Hull structure- Carbon fibre/ Nomex
  • Deck Structure- Carbon fibre/ Nomex
  • Internal structure- Carbon fibre/nomex
  • Keel Structure- Reinforced Carbon fibre
  • Keel Fin and Rudder - Infused Carbon
  • Rudder stock- Carbon
  • Bulb- Hi- lift/ low drag bulb

Read more: FB35 - Grand Prix Racing Yacht

Latest design- Offshore 13m racing yacht

FBYD_13m_RACE_PROPOSAL_TP_STYLE_04Design by Fred Barrett Yacht design this 13m Grand Prix racer will set the cat amongst the pigeons.

State of the art construction combined with the latest design trends makes this boat a winner !

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Lwl                                 12.453m

Beam                             4.288m

Draft                               2.8m

Displacement               5600 KG

Mainsail area                66.4sqm

Jib area                        54.5sqm

Asymmetric                  205sqm

Auxiliary diesel             Yanmar 30hp


Read more: Latest design- Offshore 13m racing yacht

GP26 excels at Sail Port Stephens

GP26 Rapid Transit excels in Sail Port Stephens Regatta

Bob Dempsey’s Fred Barrett-designed GP26 Rapid Transit, built by Aussie skiff builder Van Munster Boats and launched in December, has finished 1st overall in the recently-concluded Super 30 division and 2nd overall in last weekend’s Sail Port Stephens Regatta, organized by Yachting New South Wales. This is just the latest success of this GP26 sportboat in its inaugural summer sailing season on Sydney harbour, where it has performed well beyond expectations, with 1st, 2nd & 3rd podium positions in every series it has contested so far. 

Read more: GP26 excels at Sail Port Stephens

New Design- 32ft classical timber daysailer

 Latest Project-

Modern classical styled timber daysailer/weekender designed by Naval Architect Fred Barrett.FBYD_CLASSIC_DESIGN-Model

As a result of his brilliant work in designing and engineering the GP 26 that Van Munster Boats have recently built for Bob Dempsey of Sydney, Keith Van Munster commissioned Naval Architect Fred Barrett  from Hobart to design a classically styled  yacht for personal family use.

The Design Brief was for a classic 32ft performance Daysailer/Weekender intended for shorthanded sailing and too be of modern timber construction. The yachts primary role is to be a fast daysailer with emphasis being given to the cockpit design and ergonomics to ensure comfortable seating and a good working arrangement when underway, with more than enough room for 6 crew and guests.

Fred has demonstrated his versatility in designing a beautiful classic styled yacht with a graceful sheer, low freeboard with some tumblehome in the topsides aft, blending into the overhanging curved raked transom.

A well balanced moderate displacement hull form, with full sections in the run aft for downwind speed and stability is combined with a modern bulbed fin keel and balanced spade rudder.  The appendage design has been influenced by the need to maximise performance and handling, whilst restricting the draft in order to comfortably navigate the shallow waters of many of the inlets on the NSW coast. 

The rig will be fractional on Carbon spars, non overlapping head sails will ensure fast tacking and ease of handling. She will have a symmetrical spinnaker as well as code 0 reaching sails. Deck equipment has been selected for simplicity and ease of use.

A small trunk cabin provides a galley to stbd with built in icebox, gimballed stove, sink and fresh water pump, lockers and drawers, to port is a quarter berth opposite the L shaped Galley.

Port and Stbd settee berths with stowage locker backrests for comfortable sitting below decks ,there will be a pipe berth and portable toilet in the forepeak  providing  comfortable accommodation for four at sea or with an awning over the boom when at anchor.

Auxiliary power is provided by 15hp marine diesel engine with shaft and folding propeller.

Hull scantlings are to Lloyds classification for Yacht & Small Craft, the construction is traditional double layer fore and aft  tight seamed epoxy glued planking,  over epoxy laminated Flooded ( Rose) Gum Frames , the hull will be sheathed in E glass and epoxy, deck ply sheathed in Dynel set in epoxy and overlaid with Teak decking.

Cabin sides cockpit coamings and trim will be clear finished Teak.  

This modern classic yacht as well as being beautiful to the eye, will be perfect for day sailing with family and friends,  weekending,  coastal offshore sailing and competitive twilight and classic yacht racing.

The construction of this yacht will demonstrate the capabilities of Van Munster Boats as all round custom  Boatbuilders.

She will not be too expensive to own and maintain, and will have that unique feel and ambience that only a classic wooden yacht  can have.

The timber has been ordered and construction will commence before Xmas 2010