The Farr 50 PH is one of the best true pilothouse sailboats ever built with 360° visibility from the raised dinette and an interior helm station. Make no mistake, this is a sailboat not a motorsailor. The powerful sailplan and efficient hull puts her into port well ahead of other cruising yachts. This big boat is easily handled by a couple with hydraulic furling, electric winches and retractable bow thruster. The fit and finish of this Swedish-built yacht is second to none.
SEA CHANGE has a semi-custom interior with two elegant staterooms both with center-island queen berths and ensuite heads with dedicated showers, vacuflush toilets, and Corian surfaces. A pilot’s stateroom with an additional pullout bunk provides sleeping for a total of six. The galley is roomy, modern and efficient. She is outfitted for worldwide cruising with genset, air conditioning, watermaker, diesel heating system, dual voltage & frequency AC system, washing machine, Raymarine electronics package, and new dinghy and outboard.
The Original owners cruised during the summers from Sweden south to the Med and eastward to Turkey where the second owners purchased SEA CHANGE in October 2014. Typical use by the first owners was up to six weeks in May and June and another six weeks in September and October, the second owners have used it between three and five months per year. The boat has been stored on land in major boatyards for the bulk of each year. Since 2015 SEA CHANGE has leisurely sailed from Turkey to Malta crossing the Aegean, Ionian and Adriatic seas. The current owners have upgraded essentially every system. SEA CHANGE will cruise the western Med until late July 2018 and is seriously for sale. The USA-based sellers are including a full inventory of tools, pots, pans, dishes, glass wear, knives, silverware, linens, and spare parts. This is a turn-key world cruiser.
SEA CHANGE is one the last and perhaps the highest specification Farr 50 PH ever built. She has been lightly sailed, with no ocean crossings, never grounded, and never raced. Maintenance has been performed religiously to a very high standard. All maintenance and upgrade records available upon request. Full original boat manual and detailed drawings including electrical schematics including electrical system diagrams.
New Raymarine electronics package in 2014/2015
New Ullman Hydranet mainsail and genoa in 2017
Bottom stripped to gel coat, new barrier coat and antifouling in 2015
New Highfield aluminum bottom RIB and 20 hp outboard in 2018
Mast removed, rig dye tested and full service in 2015
All through hull valves replaced since 2014
All deck hardware removed and bedded in 2016
All acrylic hatch lenses replaced in 2017 (including two complete new hatches and two new hatch tops)
New custom split UK Shipshape Marine plus mattresses in forward and aft cabin in 2017
New micro suede upholstery for dinette, nav station seat, and forward cabin seat in 2018
New curtains in salon in 2018
The Farr 50PH is a powerful and fast sailboat with a high stability, and an efficient hull form for excellent performance on all points of sail. Managing the sail area and forces on a cruising yacht of this size with a small crew requires powered and well-engineered systems. Hydraulic in-mast furling, hydraulic genoa furling and a fixed furler-mounted staysail with furling line led aft to a powered winch allow deploying, reefing and stowing of sails from the cockpit by even the smallest crewmember. Four cockpit-located electric winches handle sheets, runners, outhaul and other sail control lines; pushbutton sailing at its’ finest. SEA CHANGE is also equipped to keep sailing at speed in light winds with a cruising spinnaker with control sock and carbon fiber whisker pole. All deck hardware, standing rigging, and running rigging is oversized to handle all the conditions one might encounter on a circumnavigation or jaunt into high latitudes.
Sails, running rigging, and sailing systems have been updated, replaced, and maintained to a very high standard. Each fall the sails are removed, inspected, washed and stored at a local sail loft. Each spring, the sails are bent on, the rig inspected, and any running rigging showing signs of wear is replaced. In 2015 the mast was removed and standing rigging die tested. The mast partner was sealed with Spartite, hydraulic furling lines replaced, and hydraulic filters changed. Last spring all winches were disassembled, cleaned, and greased.
SEA CHANGE has white gel-coat hull with blue antifouling bottom paint, double blue boot stripes, and a narrow blue cove stripe bisecting the hull side ports. The Bruce Farr-designed hull features an overhanging bow with slight flare, modest hull side freeboard, and wide reverse transom with scoop stern/swim platform. The keel has a barely-raked leading edge and modest chord length fin. A large wing positions lead ballast low down and reduces end plate flow. A deep, high-aspect spade rudder is positioned well aft, constructed with a massive rudder post and supported by large, well-spaced roller bearings.
Hull sides remain flared from bow to stern allowing a stainless-steel strip secured outboard on the teak bulwark capping to serve as a rub rail. This raised bulwark is high enough for secure footing yet low enough to prevent water retention in large seas. Overboard low point drains on each side prevent hull side streaking. Stanchion tubes slip over stainless round bar mounts set into the bulwarks atop the caprails on each side maximizing side deck space. Double uncoated wire lifelines surround the deck between bow pulpit and stern pushpits. Side and stern gates open for boarding. A passarelle with stern socket is fitted for Med-mooring.
A “must have” feature for most knowledgeable cruisers is a well-designed scoop stern with integral swim platform. This is a standard design feature on all Farr PH models and SEA CHANGE’s has been customized with two sets of wider steps from swim platform to deck level. Hot/cold freshwater shower, grab rails, removable dinghy davits and teak/rubber decking enhance the functionality of this stern.
The Farr 50 PH deck layout balances open lounging areas on bow and stern, top opening storage lockers, a well-protected center cockpit aft of the raised salon with excellent sailing ergonomics, and space for dingy storage forward of the mast. The fiberglass decks, forward and aft cabintop are overlayed with teak and rubber; excellent and attractive non-skid. Forward of the mast a wedge-shaped trunk cabin rises to the raised salon/pilothouse with large side and front windows. The center cockpit is kept low for comfort and easy transition to accommodation. Stern pushpit seats are wonderful locations for watching crew and family enjoy sailing this fine yacht. A dolphin watching seat is set into the open bow pulpit. Stainless-steel cowl vents and opening overhead hatches provide light and ventilation to the interior.
Extra sails, lines, fenders (in socks), anchors, water toys, dive gear, fishing gear, folding bikes, inflatable kayaks, etc. all need a place to live when sailing offshore. Dragging through a beautiful mahogany interior is an invitation for scratches and dents. Deck accessible storage lockers are the best solution and SEA CHANGE offer plenty of volume. An overboard-draining, top-opening anchor locker is all the way forward. A large bow storage locker is accessed through a flush Rondal watertight deck hatch. Storage for sails, spinnaker sheets, fenders, extra anchor and other gear is located in this large bow locker. The forward and aft bulkheads serve as a collision bulkheads. Access to the retractable bow thruster is also located inside. A deep, full beam stern locker is all the way aft with access view two hinged, gasketed/guttered hatches.
Staying warm in cold weather, dry in wet weather, shaded in sunny weather, cool in hot weather, and securely aboard in rough weather is imperative to the crew’s comfort and safety. The protected center cockpit, raised salon/pilothouse, air conditioning, and heating system all combine to make SEA CHANGE a very comfortable boat in any climate or ocean. The center cockpit is well positioned, two thirds of the way aft from the bow and relatively low in the deck; more comfortable than a high cockpit. Access from the side decks is made easy with side steps from the surrounding trunk cabin and low/wide teak capped coaming. Full length seats of each side, custom stainless steel padded back supports, and blue Sunbrella cockpit cushions make this an inviting space for lounging or sailing. The steering pedestal is “command central” with its spoked, leather-covered wheel, engine controls and panel, navigation display, furling and winch controls, windlass controls, VHF, and compass. A varnished drop leaf table forward of the helm nicely divides this wide cockpit. A top opening fridge is housed in the table for keeping cold beverages close at hand. The top opening lid flips from flush to recessed drink holders. A dodger with aft leather-covered handrail protects the companionway and forward cockpit. A folding bimini keeps rain out and shades the entire cockpit with removable side and back zip-on/off curtains. Framing for both is tubular stainless steel.
The engine, genset, and most auxiliary equipment is located beneath the salon sole with excellent access through hinged, well-insulated, gas sprung access hatches. SEA CHANGE benefits from the ownership of a compulsive engineer who recognizes the importance of preventative maintenance. Engine and genset filters have been changed every 100 hours. All maintenance records and receipt are available for review.
The previous owner had installed most of a new suite of new Raymarine electronics in May of 2014 at Mare Yachting a certified Raymarine dealer and installer. The current owners completed the Raymarine electronics package in May 2015 also with Mare Yachting to bring SEA CHANGE up to superior standards. Operating system and charts are annually updated.
The electrical system is engineered and installed to provide AC and DC power meeting the comfort, operational, and safety needs of a world cruising yacht.
Primary DC loads are 24V for efficiency. There are two 12V DC systems, one for instruments and one for starting of the main engine and generator. Charging of the 24v batteries is by a Mastervolt Mass 100 amp 50/60Hz charger with shore power or the Mastervolt/Whisper 8KVA 230 volt diesel generator. There is a 100 amp 24V Balmar alternator on the Yanmar engine providing 24V during engine operations. Charging of the 12v instrument battery is via a 24/12VDC converter. Charging of the starting battery is via the smaller alternators on the engine and generator. A Mastervolt isolation transformer isolates shorepower for safety and corrosion protection and automatically outputs 230V when plugged into 120V or 230V shorepower. If 120V or 230V is plugged into the transom, 230V will always be distributed into the boat. Frequency will be the same as marina frequency. This upgraded transformer enables the air conditioning to be run when connected in marinas.
A Mastervolt MASS SINE 2500 Sine Wave Inverters provide 230VAC 50Hz power and a second Mastervolt MASS SINE 2500 provides 117VAC 60Hz power. The 8KVA Mastervolt/Whisper generator provides 230V at 60Hz. Mastervolt control panels include the Masterlink Instrumentation System Manager providing remote starting for the generator and system performance. A separate Mastervolt Systems Manager panel provides battery state monitoring and adjustment of power coming onboard via the shore power cord.
SEA CHANGE has two elegant staterooms both with center-island queen berths fitted with new custom-made mattresses. The two ensuite heads have dedicated showers, vacuflush toilets, and Corian surfaces. A pilot’s stateroom with an additional pullout bunk provides berthing for six in total. The galley is roomy, modern, and functional. Refrigeration space is huge and well-distributed. The interior is updated with new upholstery, curtains and LED lighting. Extra closets and a desk in the forward cabin along with an access door from the pilot’s cabin to the forward head are custom features on SEA CHANGE. What distinguishes this design from most other cruising sailboats is the raised pilothouse with strengthened glass providing outside views while seated at the raised dinette and an inside helm via autopilot and throttle/shift.
Accommodation access is though the well-protected companionway forward of the cockpit. A low threshold and three curved steps make for an easy transition to the interior. All stairs are varnished and rubber inlays improve traction. Solid wood handholds are fitted on either side of the companionway and to the salon overhead. Red courtesy lights in the galley, nav station, and lower steps allow one to move about in the dark without compromising night vision.
Once inside the raised salon, the quality and elegance of this Scandinavian-built yacht is immediately apparent. All interior furniture built from satin-varnished African Mahogany. Well-rounded solid wood trimmings, shelf and counter fiddles, and positive push button latches denote the offshore sailing mission of this yacht. The cabin sole is teak and holy plywood. Overhead panels are textured white vinyl with Mahogany trim and staving. Removable panels are fitted beneath deck hardware. Overhead spot lights are wall-switched and reading lights are sensibly positioned. Most lights are LED for efficiency. Some of the dimming lights are halogen. Ample fixed and opening hatches and ports naturally ventilate and illuminate. Curtains and blinds block sun and allow privacy when desired. Cabin fans assist air circulation. Air conditioning and diesel heating systems control the interior temperature in hot or cold climates.