Farr 280 | 2015

45,000 Tax Paid | Cowes United Kingdom

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  • Make Farr
  • Model 280
  • Year 2015
  • LOA 28ft/9m
  • Class Performance Sail
  • Hull Glass Reinforced Plastic
  • Keel Fin Keel
  • Rig Sloop
  • Engine Single Outboard
  • Layout Aft Cockpit
  • Ancasta Ref 41131
  • Name Gweilo


"Gweilo" is a top level example of the popular Farr 280.
Launched originally as a One Design boat, these pocket rockets have always offered a dual purpose yacht, thanks to their potential under handicap rules.
Gweilo is in only her third ownership since new and is hugely upgraded from the standard boat, with new and improved hardware throughout, coupled with a top spec sail inventory from North.
A brilliant fun, turn-key boat that was only used a handful of times in the last 12 months. Season winning boat in both 2020 and 2021.




"Gweilo", previously known as Toucan, has raced on the UK circuit, with professional maintenance since new.
The boat left the Premier Composites Technologies factory in 2015, heading to the UK to join the exciting HP30 class, a class that races under a box rule, using the IRC rating systems.

The Farr 280 since then has been one of, if not the stand out boat of that circuit, with further IRC optimization on top of the One Design pedigree.
This boat won the overall 2020 and 2021 HP30 Championships

General Specification
Length Overall 8.72 m / 28.6 ft
Length Waterline 8.02 m / 26.3 ft
Beam 2.87 m / 9.4 ft

Keel Draft 2.1 m / 6.89 ft
Displacement 1600 kg / 3525 lb
Keel Weight 650 kg / 1425 lb

- All major components of the hull, deck, and internal structure are optimized E­glass/epoxy/Corecell M­Foam construction
- Hull, deck and internal structure are fabricated with vacuum infusion technology to ensure high fiber ratio and consistent part weight
- All tooling created by precision CNC milling
- Carbon reinforced moulds for accuracy and longevity
- Laminates and composite structure are designed and built to exceed ISO/CE category A standards
- Gelcoat finish, hull/deck/internal structure

Rudder and Keel:
Tiller, GRP with carbon-look finish and Spinlock tiller extension (sprayed Aug 2022 Red)
Pre-preg carbon rudder stock
Female molded and infused GRP rudder blade (sprayed Mar 2022 Red)
Jefa top and bottom rudder bearings
Gelcoat rudder finish, template faired and laser aligned
T-bulb Keel, easily removable from hull (sprayed Mar 2022 Red)
Fabricated steel fin with corrosion protection, covered with female molded composite fairing with gelcoat finish.
Keel fin template faired and laser aligned.
CNC-machined, bolted lead T bulb for easy removal, painted finish and template faired.

Gweilo has benefited from significant upgrades and optimization over the years to make the boat as competitive as possible under IRC and within the HP30 Class and drier and faster on the race track, including:
custom foredeck hatch, low profile carbon mast and boom, optimized HP30 Class sail plan, new wiring (2021) and spinnaker chute.

Spars & Rigging

Rig Geometry
I 11.36 m / 37.3 ft
J 3.15 m / 10.3 ft
P 11.69 m / 38.4 ft
E 4.14 m / 13.6 ft
ISP 13.02 m / 42.7 ft
TPS 4.98 m / 16.34 ft

Bowsprit 1.64 m / 5.38 ft
Mainsail 32.2 m / 346 ft
Headsail 20.4 m / 220 ft
Asymmetric Spinnaker 98 m / 1150 ft

2020 Heol Composite carbon mast, twin spreader configuration with integrated track.
Two masthead spinnaker halyard sheaves.
Jib halyard sheave with lock.
Main halyard lock.
Dyneema forestay strop.
Dyform standing rigging.
Custom Carbon boom finished in clear coat with integrated outhaul track.
Aluminum Boom One Design.
Carbon custom IRC boom.

Hydraulic Systems
Custom Harken hydraulic system
Internal mast jack cylinder
Forestay cylinder
Custom carbon hydraulic panel/pump in cockpit for in-race mast jack and forestay adjustment with fluid reservoir.
Gweilo is supplied with a full race running rigging package, as well as various spares

Sail Inventory

Sail Inventory

North IRC Optimised Mainsail 3Di RAW360 - 2020

North IRC Optimised Light/Medium Jib 3Di RAW360 – 2019

North IRC Optimised Medium/Heavy Jib 3Di RAW360 - 2019

North IRC Optimised A1/A4 Asymmetric SuperLite DK75 - 2019

North IRC Optimised A2 Asymmetric SuperLite DK75 - 2019

North IRC Optimised Mainsail 3Di RAW780 – 2018

North IRC Code Zero

Original Class North 3DL J1, J2 and Heavy J3 Jibs along with A2 Asymmetric


Raymarine Wireless Vertical Wind Transducer.
Hull mounted GPS Antenna
Cormar NMEA WiFi Link
Raymarine Wireless interface Maxi Dual Displays x 2 (solar)
Mast Bracket Remote Control
Transducer & Hull Speed transmitter are installed and calibrated
New Lithium house battery - July 2022.

Deck Gear and Finish
Centerline, fixed bowsprit in carbon, removable for transport and storage
Harken racing blocks and cleats
Spinlock rope clutches (3)
Harken 35.2PTP primary winches (2)
Harken 20STP backstay winches (2)
New non-skid Seadek -July 2022 (Grey)

Dyneema top guard wires - stainless lower.
GRP with carbon-look Cockpit footrests with additional strengthening (2)
Running rigging, grand prix specification
Manual bilge pump, deck mounted
Closed cell EVA non-skid in cockpit foam deck

Deck systems:
New solid Foredeck hatch
Companionway solid hatch (heavy air)
Companionway canvas hatch (light air)
Mainsheet fine tune traveler Cunningham Jib clew in/out and up/down Jib tack cunningham
Spinnaker retrieval line, below deck with aft exit
Vang, single part above deck with below deck purchase system


DeGraaf twin axle trailer with custom splashes
2x Custom Sail Storage boxes

Tohatsu Outboard 4hp (2-stroke)
Custom engine bracket for fast mounting/removal

Electrical System
12V DC distribution/circuit breaker panel, switches, wiring, terminal, harnesses.
Four (4) DC up-rated bilge pumps with hoses, wiring and helm position controls.
Whole boat re-wired Spring 2021

Full over boat cover.
Companionway deck cover

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