Farr 50 Pilot House for sale

Lagos, Portugal

Listed price €385,000 EUR

Tax Paid / Included

Farr 50 Pilot House - 2000 Farr 50 Pilot House 'FARR HORIZON' for sale
General information
Farr 50 Pilot House
Used sail boat for sale
£334,896 GBP | Listed price €385,000 EUR
Price comment
Full bluewater specification pilothouse
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
Farr Horizon
Bruce Farr
Length overall
15.38 metres
Length waterline
12.95 metres
4.70 metres
2.30 metres
16,694 kg
Fin Keel
Lagos, Portugal

About this Farr 50 Pilot House


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.

*** New photos from July 2020 and walkthrough video available on request ***


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

Her current UK owners are the third owners, having purchased her in the UK in the Autumn of 2016. Her previous two owners were also based in the UK and FARR HORIZON is full Part 1 British Registered with HMRC confirmation of VAT payment and T2L document on file.


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



Construction and Rig

As with the Farr 60, construction is by Najad in Sweden, a well-respected Old World builder. We expect the quality of finish to be exceptional. Balsa is used above the waterline, but the layup is solid below the waterline, which will give as much protection as a fiberglass hull can provide should grounding occur…

RCD Status:

• Our understanding is that this vessel complies with the European Union Recreational Craft Directive and is categorised A – Offshore.

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:

• The hull is of a single skin solid laminate in the central regions below the waterline with the remainder and topsides in a sandwich construction using a end grain balsa core.

• The hull is finished in white gelcoat with contrasting cove line and boot topping.

• Internally, the hull is top-coated throughout.

• Teak laid decking and cockpit seating/sole

Keel & Rudder:

• Solid lead fin keel with wing bulb profile

• Balanced GRP spade rudder


Engine & gearbox:

• Yanmar 4JH3-DTE 4-cylinder turbo-charged direct injection diesel engine producing 125hp

• Cockpit and pilot house controls and complete alarm system

• Freshwater cooling system via raw water intake and heat exchanger

• Yanmar KMH4A reduction gearbox with flexible coupling

• Throttle controls in cockpit and in pilot house

• Dual fuel filtration system allowing independent filter and bypass system

Maintenance and Performance:

• Approx engine hours: approx 2,950 hours as of February 2020

• Date of last engine service: October 2019

• Engine overhauled including cleaning of heat exchanger – June 2019

• New injector and the high pressure injector pump recently removed and fully serviced by specialists in Lisbon.

Propulsion & Steering:

• Lewmar 24vDC 10hp retractable bowthruster

• Maxprop 3-bladed feathering propeller

• Stainless steel propeller shaft

• Hide-covered stainless steel helm wheel connected to Lewmar Mamba rod-linkage steering system

• Emergency steering gear


Voltage systems:

• 24vDC domestic system with 12vDC starting circuits and 220vAC via shore power, generator or inverter

Battery Banks:

• 1x 12v engine/generator start battery - 2018

• 6x 12v 185Ah service batteries joined in parallel and series to supply 555Ah @ 24vDC – 2018

• Oddelco DCC 4000 battery monitoring system


• Mastervolt Dakar Combi 24/100 and 230/3000 charger inverter.

• Mass inverter charger control.


• Yanmar 12vDC 40Amp engine-mounted alternator for charging start battery

• 24DC secondary high-output alternator for charging service battery banks


• Fischer Panda 8Kva 220vAC generator – fitted 2011

• Generator hours: approx tbc hours as of February 2020

• Dedicated Racor filter for generator


• 4x 110w solar panels with MPPT charge controller for charging house batteries

• 1x 50w solar panel with MPPT charge controller for charging start battery

Other Electrical:

• 220vAC shorepower system

• Isolation transformer

• 24vDC-12vDC voltage converters


Fresh Water:

• 24vDC freshwater pump systems with visual indication lights at AC/DC panel

• Hot water supply via engine calorifier or 220vAC immersion heater element in well insulated hot water tank powered by shorepower or via generator

• Pressurised hot & cold water supplied to galley and heads

• Seagull filtered water supply to galley sink

• Hot & cold pressurised water supply to transom and cockpit shower


• Seafresh H204 220vAC reverse osmosis watermaker producing approx. 72 litres per hour.

• High pressure pumps replaced – 2013

• Watermaker ‘pickled’ and unused in current purchase. The unit require servicing and new membranes ahead of future usage.

Bilge Pumps:

• 3x 12vDC electric bilge pumps with indicators and manual overrides at chart table

• Manual bilge pump in cockpit

Grey & Black Water:

• Ensuite vacuum heads discharge to holding tank.

• Manual day-head discharges to sea.

• Blackwater holding tanks can discharge to sea or to land via s/s deck fillers

• All showers and sinks discharge directly outboard



• 2x stainless steel fuel tanks with combined capacity of 950 litres

• Tank gauges at chart table

Fresh Water:

• Stainless steel water tanks with combined capacity of 950 litres

• Tank gauges at chart table

Holding Tanks:

• 1x stainless steel blackwater holding tank with 160 litres capacity


In Cockpit:

• Raymarine A7 5.7” touchscreen MFD with Wi-Fi – 2015

• Raymarine Quantum radar scanner mounted on transom antenna pole – 2016

• 4x Raymarine ST60 repeaters at companionway

• Raymarine speed, log, depth, temp and wind transducers

• Raymarine ST6000-series Smart Pilot autopilot control connected to hydraulic ram

• Suunto steering compass

At chart table:

• Raymarine ES127 colour touchscreen GPS radar chart plotter MFD – 2016

• Raymarine Class B AIS transceiver – 2016

• Raymarine ST-6000-series autopilot control head

• Raymarine ST60 multi-repeater

Communications Equipment:

• Standard Horizon VHF with DSC plus repeater at cockpit helm



• Force 10 stainless steel propane gimballed cooker with 3-burners, oven and grill

• 220vAC microwave oven

• 24vDC top-opening fridge

• 24vDC top-opening freezer

• 220vAC ice maker - 2012

• Double stainless steel deep bowl sinks

• Seagull water purification system


• 24vDC Vacuflush electric freshwater marine heads in both ensuites

• Manual marine heads in day heads

• Basins & showers with hot & cold water supply

• 24vDC pump out for showers


• Soba BabyNova 220vAC washing machine - 2013

Heating & Ventilation:

• Climma Air 220vAC reverse-cycle air-conditioning system

• DC fans

• Extractor fan in aft heads

• Opening deckhead hatches with blinds/insect screens

• Mosquito covers for companionway and port lights


• Cabin lighting LED with dimmers


• Alpine CD/Radio with speakers in saloon and cockpit - 2018


Summary of Accommodation:

• Up to seven berths in three double cabins with additional single settee berth in saloon.

Accommodation Finish:

• Light oak interior joinery

• Floorboards in traditional teak and holly

• Cream vinyl headlining with oak battening

• Corian countertops in galley and heads with infills for galley sink

• Corian sole in heads

• Light grey cloth upholstery in accommodation cabins

• Light grey upholstery in pilot saloon

• Blue passage covers for saloon upholstery

• Mosquito screens for all opening hatches and ports

Description of Accommodation from Forward:

• VIP cabin forward with centreline double berth. Hanging lockers to port and starboard.

• Forward heads compartment with electric vacuum flush freshwater heads and walk-in shower.

• Day heads to port.

• Mid-ships double cabin opposite heads to starboard with double berth, pipecot above and hanging locker used as ‘bosun’s locker’ for spares and tools.

• Steps to saloon which has a large U-shaped seating area to starboard with dining table.

• Navigation area to port with height adjustable swivel seating allowing internal helm position complete with throttle control, engine control panel and autopilot control head.

• Access to engine through the lifting floor which is on hydraulic rams to assist.

• Steps to the galley fitted with a cooker, top-opening fridge, freezer and an ice maker.

• Aft cabin with central bed, plentiful stowage, hanging lockers to port and starboard. Vanity unit to port with seat and desk.

• Door to en-suite with separate walk-in shower, electric vacuum flush freshwater head, wash basin and locker containing washing machine.



• Selden aluminium alloy spars – white painted

• Keel stepped mast with three sets of spreaders

• Stainless steel wire standing rigging – 2000 – rig inspected anually

• Aluminium rigging screw protectors

• Selden hydraulic in-mast furling system

• Selden hydraulic genoa furler

• Selden manual staysail furler

• Navtec hydraulic backstay and vang with control in cockpit

• Insulated backstay

• Babystay

• Checkstays

• Lewmar Ocean deck gear with 4:1 adjustable mainsheet track

• Genoa tracks with secondary cars for staysail

• Selden carbon fibre spinnaker pole – mast stowed with track

• White painted aluminium spinnaker pole


• 2x Lewmar 66 ECST 2-speed electric self-tailing primary winches

• 2x Lewmar 48 ECST 2-speed electric self-tailing outhaul/mainsheet winches

• 2x Lewmar 44 CST 2-speed manual self-tailing secondary winches

• 2x Lewmar 48 CST 2-speed mainsail self-tailing halyard winches at mast base


• Elvstrom FLC furling mainsail with vertical battens – 2013

• Doyle Dacron furling genoa – 2010

• Doyle Dacron furling staysail

• North Sails spare mainsail

• MPS and snuffer


• Stainless steel guardrail stanchions with twin stainless steel wire guardwires

• Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit

• Stainless steel grabrails on main superstructure coachroof

• Stainless steel folding ladder at bathing platform

• Scanstrut antenna pole for radar scanner

• Cockpit table - 2015

• Forepeak area with watertight bulkhead, sail stowage area and access to bowthruster.

• Full width lazarette aft with watertight bulkhead.

• Gas box in lazarette upgraded to take propane bottles – 2015

• Outboard davit at transom

Anchoring & Mooring:

• Lewmar 24vDC reversing anchor windlass with remote control and buttons at helm – fitted 2019

• 30kgs Bruce stainless steel primary anchor with 70m of 10mm chain

• Fenders and warps

Tender & Outboard:

• Apex 2.7m tender

• Suzuki 2.5hp outboard

Covers & Canvas:

• Blue Sunbrella Bimini with stainless steel frame and full cockpit enclosure - 2015

• Blue Sunbrella sprayhood with stainless steel frame – 2015

• Deck saloon window covers


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.


• Seago cannister liferaft mounted in stainless steel cradle on pushpit – requires servicing

• 2x liferings

• Danbuoy with light

• Alarm system with GMS text alerts.

• MOB ‘life tag’ system

• 2 x PLB’s

• 2 x Personal AIS (fitted into life jackets)

• 1 x ACR 406Mhz EPIRB

• Ocean flare pack

• Radar reflector on mast

Fire control:

• Manual fire extinguishers

• Fire blanket at galley


Lying – Lagos, Portugal

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00

Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Tel: +44 (0)1590 673715

Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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