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Kiwi 40FC, the Class40 by Farr YD

First boat built by BTBoats Ltd to be launched in August

mercredi 3 février 2010Redaction SSS [Source RP]

In 2004 the first of a new breed of 40 foot yachts was launched in France. Fast and capable offshore, it could be raced hard or cruised by a family, it harnessed modern design technology but using low-cost materials – the highly desirable, highly competitive, highly affordable Class40 Class40 #Class40 was born. Since then more than 80 Class40 Class40 #Class40 yachts have been built and each season the owner’s association organises a comprehensive quiver of race events ranging from inshore regattas to a round the world race.

Affordable, accessible offshore racing for amateur sailors, combined with a rigorous box-rule that keeps purchase and campaigning costs low is the winning concept of Class40 Class40 #Class40 . The success of Class40 Class40 #Class40 , with over 25 boats racing at close-quarters in every organised event, is attracting a growing number of professional sailors from other categories of boats, enriching the Class 40 fleet.

New Zealand is a small nation but one that is renowned for its passion for innovation and its sporting prowess – qualities that have produced world-best sailors and yachts. The challenge of designing and building a Kiwi production Class40 boat is irresistible.

New Zealand based Project Coordinator, Lapo Ancillotti, and businessman Francesco Piva have created BTBoats Ltd in order to manage the New Zealand production and Worldwide marketing of the KIWI 40FC – an exciting production Class 40 designed by Farr Yacht Design and built by Cookson Boats.

Ancillotti, Farr Yacht Design, and Cookson Boats have collaborated on numerous projects over the last two decades. This experienced and successful team, enriched by the arrival of Francesco Piva, has enthusiastically embraced the challenge of creating a very innovative, fast, and competitive production Class40 yacht - the KIWI 40FC.

Combining the world’s racing yacht designer of choice with arguably the world’s most respected racing yacht builder has produced a stunning Class40 yacht. The KIWI 40FC is the result of a close working relationship between BTBoats, Farr Yacht Design, and Cookson Boats with the common goal of producing a highly competitive boat at a good quality/price ratio.

Precision CNC tooling by Cookson Boats allows the KIWI 40FC to have a clean, simple structural boat layout and therefore a more efficient and precise weight control/VCG control. Cookson Boats have a highly developed resin infusion construction methodology and have established a consistent database with this technology. Resin infusion will be utilised for building the KIWI 40FC and as a consequence proper weight distribution, strength and stiffness is assured for the KIWI 40FC. The benefits of using resin infusion include a reduction in production time and an increase in cost efficiency.

The KIWI 40FC is destined to become an iconic yacht. Farr Yacht Design have created what we promise to be the fastest, most reliable and most stylish Class40 to date.

Construction of the moulds has begun and the first KIWI 40FC will be launched in August.

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