Lower-cost portability is an essential trait of the design, and the 38'9" LOA comes in under the magic 40-foot length for easy travel. The Southern Spars carbon mast (fitted with Element
C6 composite rigging) is a two-part arrangement. The split rig simplifies transport dramatically, and when disassembled, the spars and boom ride on the fat-rack shipping cradle. At just over 9,000 pounds and sitting shy of the 10-foot high mark, trailering the boat is well within the means of most tow vehicles. O'Malley, who's well versed on the finances of moving grand-prix boats, says, for example, the cost of transporting a Farr 40 from Newport, R.I. to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is roughly
$6,500 for trucking alone, one way. Add in yard fees at either end, rig stepping, keel-joint fairing, shore crew salaries, and days lost to sailing, and it all adds up. With the 400, he says,
most of that goes away, by as much as two-thirds.