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The Farthing
Photo by Nic Compton


The Farthing
SPECIFICATIONS
LOD: 11 07"(3.50m)
LOA: 13 08" (4.17m)
Beam: 5 00" (l.50m)
Draught: board up 07" (0.1 8m)
board down 2 07" (0.79m)
Sail Area:
87 sq ft (7.2sq. m.)
Trailing weight:
approx. 250 lbs (approx.) (113.64 Kgs.)




The Farthing Design.

The Farthing owes much of its character to the traditional working boats of our coastal waters. Boats that evolved through the years to create stable platforms from which the crew could work in safety.

The hull is lapstrake/clinker construction having four planks each side, fore and aft air tight buoyancy/stowage lockers are incorporated into the hull, making the boat fully buoyant if flooded. These bulkheads along with laminated through frames/floor bearers make the Farthing an exceptionally stiff, rugged little craft. The hulls are available in either timber (modern, low maintenance, ply epoxy construction) or G.R.P.. Both construction methods create strong hulls. These are fitted out using durable hardwoods and good quality fittings to ensure years of trouble free sailing. All spars are made from Douglas Fir.

The sail plan can be used in two configurations, as a standing lug (using main and jib) or alternatively as a balanced lug (using main only). See Rig Details. A wooden profiled centre-board gives the Farthing good upwind performance. Oars stow inside the boat and the transom is reinforced to take an outboard motor.

The Farthing is ideal for single handed or two person sailing.

  • Alternative Rigs are available.
  • Slab reefing.
  • Choice of individual colour scheme.
  • Option of partial builds, for home completion
The interior of the Farthing
The Ha'penny

The Ha'penny
SPECIFICATIONS
LOD 138" (4.20m)
LOA 163" (5.OOm)
Beam 5.lO"(l.80m)
Draught plate up 9" (0.23)
plate down 3 (0. 9m)
Sail Area
Main & jib 125sq.ft. (11.60 sq.m)
Trailing weight - 450 /500 lbs (204 /227 Kg)




The Ha'penny design.

The Ha'penny was designed to fulfill the demand for a larger version of the Farthing. The Ha'penny has 60% more volume and will easily carry four or more crew. The hull is again of lapstrake /clinker construction having five planks each side, fore and aft buoyancy! stowage lockers are incorporated into the hulls making the boat unsinkable.

Again the hull is available as timber (modern, low maintenance, ply epoxy construction) or G.R.P. A galvanised steel centre plate,of approximately 55 lbs. gives additional stability and ensures good up wind performance. The hulls are fitted out using durable hardwoods and good quality fittings ensuring years of trouble free sailing. All the spars are made of Douglas Fir, the main mast is hollow, to reduce the weight, as well as being free standing, which makes rigging the Ha'penny quick and easy.

The sail plan again can be used in two configurations, as a standing lug (using main and jib) or alternatively as a balanced lug ( using main only). See Rig Details

Eight foot oars stow inside the boat and the transom is reinforced to take an outboard motor.

  • Alternative Rigs are available.
  • Choice of individual colour scheme.
  • Option of partial builds, for home completion


The Ha'penny




The Farthing And Ha'penny Rig

The Standing Lug
The Standing Lug

The Balanced Lug
The Balanced Lug

The Lug Rig, whilst being very powerful and giving good performance, has a Low Centre of Effort which contributes to the boat's stability and creates less heeling moment.

The Rig has been developed to be used in two forms:

1. The Standing Lug, with the mast raked aft, both Main and Jib are set. A traditional boom, with jaws, can be set along the foot of the sail. Alternatively a Sprit Boom may be used, this is set above the tack, clearing the heads of both crew and helm, whilst still controlling the tension along the sail foot.

2. The Balanced Lug, the mast is adjusted to rake less severely aft ( by means of a wedge at the mast foot), and the main only is set. The combination of altering the mast rake and allowing the boom to travel forward beyond the mast moves the Centre of Effort of the sail forward, to compensate for losing the jib. The rig and the hull, in this way, remain in balance.

All boats are able to be rigged in both these manners.

Alternative rigs are available.

Willow Bay Boats
Lewesdon, Silver Street,
Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3HT
Telephone: +44 (0)1297442884 Email:info@willowbayboats.co.uk


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