A 2003 Farrier design, the original F-33 was a production design that incorporated many new and unique features
Peter Wesley's F-33 SHADOWFAX (the first F-33 launched) on the beach in Sydney harbor
...and sailing off the Australian coast
The F-33 began as a 'one off' project boat for Seattle's David Miller, who was looking for a custom built F-9AX to replace his F-9A (a custom built version of the F-31). However, the time was right for something a little larger that could still be trailered, so it was decided to do a completely new design.
The F-33 is a limited volume, premium quality boat, fully trailerable via the Farrier Folding System, and designed with an ocean going capability in mind. It is only available as a semi production boat - plans alone are not available. However, the new F-32 plans (with F-33 features incorporated) will cater for home builders who prefer to build from scratch, or from a kit.
Two models are available as follows:
F-33 Sport Cruiser
The perfect high performance easily trailerable very roomy cruiser,
and available in both aft cabin and aft cockpit versions.
F-33R Sport Racer
A very high performance version, with a more basic interior, and
taller carbon mast. Also available in both aft cabin and aft cockpit versions.
The F-33 has epoxy foam core hulls, carbon/glass fiber beams, all extensively vacuum bagged, and finished with a two pack linear polyurethane (LP) finish. The F-33R uses more carbon fiber in selected structural areas, for the maximum cost/weight benefit.
Construction is controlled by the same extensive production control system that were originally developed by Ian Farrier for the Farrier F-27, but further enhanced and improved. This includes fully colorized laminate guide sheets, with every laminate color keyed, to ensure nothing is left to chance or omitted. Assembly is then guided by an extensive checklist system, coupled with many full color guide sheets, to ensure everything goes where it should, and is done correctly.
Pete Pattullo's F-33R sailing in Texas.
Sailing on Sydney harbor
The F-33 features many technical improvements including:
An improved Farrier Folding System with a more integrated structural support system. The beam recesses (notches) in the center hull deck have been eliminated, for a cleaner deck, while also eliminating any interior intrusion. All folding system metal brackets have been replaced by special integrated carbon fiber anchors, the beam anchors now also being internal, reducing windage, weight and complexity. Folding struts are thus set higher, keeping them further away from wave tops.
Beams are of a new shape, being more streamlined to direct any water down and under the boat, while also being slimmer and higher at outer ends for less drag. The inner beam end to main hull connections are now external, for easier setup and maintenance, which also allows shorter beams for a lower trailering height (2" or 50mm less in fact than the F-9A/F-31), and giving less windage on the road. Trailering beam is 9' 6" (2.9m), which is legal in most areas without any significant restrictions.
Brian Haynes' F-33R in the UK
The F-33 float bow tips are designed to be sacrificial, similar to a car crumple zone, and will absorb any float bow heavy impact, to help prevent more extensive damage that can result from collisions. The float will remain watertight, and still sailable in most collision situations. A new bow is simply glued on to repair.
Metal use is being minimized wherever possible, with all chainplates being carbon fiber, and all rigging will be synthetic.
The retractable bow pole has a new stop system, eliminating any pin wear problems, and enabling the bob stay to be easily tensioned.
Cockpit seating area is higher to give better visibility forward, and more room underneath, but still low enough so that one still has a good sense of security from sitting more in the boat rather than on it.
Daggerboard control lines are now flush, to reduce deck clutter around the mast. This also creates an easily accessible under deck area right at the mast base, and ideal for mast connector plugs, thus keeping them below deck level, drier, and eliminates any risk of damage from being walked on.
An safety access hatch is standard
Sigi Steimer's F-33 in Canada
Specifications (may be subject to change)
L.O.A................................. 33' (10.06m)
B.O.A................................. 23' 5" (7.14m)
L.W.L................................. 31' 4" (9.55m)
Folded beam.......................... 9' 6" (2.9m)
Approx. bare weight ................ 2800 - 3700lbs (1270 - 1680kg) depending on model
Load Carrying Capacity ......... 2900lbs to 3300lbs (1320 - 1500kg) depending on model
F-33 rotating mast ...................44.7' (13.62m) aluminum or carbon mast
F-33 sail area (main & jib)......... 673sq.ft (62.56sq.m.)
F-33R rotating mast .................47.2' (14.38m) - carbon mast
F-33R sail area......................717sq.ft (66.65sq.m.)
Stability ...............................59,000ft.lbs (F-9A/F-31 is 47,000ft.lbs)
Draft (board up)...................... 1' 5" (0.43m)
Draft (board down).................. 5' 11" (1.8m)
Aft Cabin Cockpit length............5' (1.52m)
Aft Cockpit length....................7' 7" - 9' 10" (2.3 - 3m)
Interior Headroom ...................6' 2 to 6' 6" (1.88 - 2m) depending on interior layout
All bunks can be a minimum of 6' 6" (2m) long or longer if required.
Auxiliary.............................. Outboard or Inboard optional
"The F-33 is possibly the most exciting new development for Farrier Marine since the original and now classic F-27. I still recall telling early buyers that the F-27 represented the most advanced boat they could buy, and the best value, and was proved correct over time, with many still selling for their original price, or even more. The new F-33 is another leap forward, and once the value of all the new aspects being incorporated in the F-33 are realized, ranging from structural to new easy maintenance features, I believe it will have an even greater impact on the market, and prove to be even better value than the original F-27".
The F-33s of David Miller and Sigi Stiemer' at Desolation Sound, Canada
The F-33 is a technically advanced new maxi-trailerable design being built to very high quality standards.
Like all Farrier designs, it is designed as a roomy and very safe true cruising design, but one that also just happens to be very fast.
It trailers at 9' 6" wide, which will just require a simple yearly permit in most areas, and this is usually a simple process.
Pete Pattullo's F-33R #9, having just been delivered in Texas
The strong Australian dollar since 2004 (up 69%) made it uneconomical to build the F-33 Down Under for export to other countries, so it had to be discontinued. However, a new 2013 F-33 has now been developed, and being built in Subic Bay, in the Philippines, it is ecomonical once more to manufacture and make available for sale world wide
The original F-33 was certainly a great boat and raised the bar far higher than earlier designs while outdating all the competition. However, the new 2013 F-33 is even better with even more new advancements.
* * The Initial Launching Report * *
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F-33, and F-33R are trademarks of Farrier Marine, Inc.