IRC and Mark Mills do go hand in hand, and AMBUSH is now on the market and a must go option for anyone looking at the Fast 40+ for offshore.
Although slightly more displacement, a significantly lower TCC, waterproofing and higher freeboard gives her the all-round edge for some of the worlds classic races.
Well maintained and campaigned, she is now up for sale, with easy shipping all over the world.
In the words of designer Mark Mills: The design process involved a comprehensive CFD driven VPP study with our research partners KND / Sailing Performance, looking at multiple hull shape options, foil configurations, and sail plan sizes. This work built on our previous studies for new designs based on increasing form stability when heeled, resulting in significant gain upwind in a breeze. The focus for this design was to ensure these gains could be combined with strength in light/medium airs, as well as breezier conditions offshore in events like the Vietnam Race. Since these ambitions are not always mutually compatible, it became clear that including as much mod-ability as possible into the basic boat would offer a range of benefits: firstly, it provides the client a far wider range of competitive configurations by adjusting the key components of Draft, Displacement, Trim, and Sail Area. Secondly in the light of the IRC rule’s transition in recent years towards accommodating lighter faster designs including wide mod-able ranges in as many parameters as possible opens up the ability to respond to future rule adjustments flexibly, extending the competitive life of the boat. Thirdly, it allowed the basic hull shape to deliver a wider range of possibilities for other clients looking to optimise future builds of the design more significantly for different conditions.
Engineering partner SDK of Rhode Island is one of the world’s leading composite race boat engineers with prominent TP52 and Mini-Maxi designs as well as the current America’s Cup holder. They have produced a refined structural layout with a focus on weight reduction, global stiffness, and ease of movement internally, resulting in a simple interior with features such as a basic galley and cooler stowage on either side of the mast, Nav seat on the engine box, and a head to Starboard forwards adding offshore functionality.
Hull 1 in particular reflects the lead clients desire to keep the boat very simple and offshore-friendly, combining a rating conscious e-glass/epoxy/foam hull and deck construction with carbon in the high load keel structure to reduce weight and increase stiffness.
Berthon Yacht Sales
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