Fareast Yachts

In big news for the disabled sailing community, the S\V14 organization has announced that Fareast Yachts will produce the S\V14 at its production base in China. In a special offer, Fareast will supply the first one thousand S\V14’s at a subsidized price of US$3,000 for the base boat ex-works Shanghai. Fareast has also agreed to keep this price fixed until the end of 2019 after which the price correction will be no more than the material cost, and capped at the official inflation rate as published for the People’s Republic of China.

“This is an unprecedented development none of us saw coming,” said Alex Simonis who was in Shanghai to sign the agreement on behalf of the S\V14 organization with the CEO of Fareast Yachts, Demolar Du.

“We started discussions with Fareast in December 2017 with a follow up meeting in January at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. It turned out that both Simonis Voogd Design and the owners of Fareast shared the same vision that this project was our opportunity to give something back to sailing in a way which could make a difference to many. The fact that our two companies have been working together for nearly a decade helped, but it is still remarkable that we are all driven by the same passion to make the S\V14 a success despite our cultural backgrounds being so different,” added Simonis.

The S\V14 is a unique project. Initiated by Thailand-based marine surveyor, Peter Jacops, with a desire to make sailing more affordable and accessible for people with disabilities, the S\V14 has become a global collaboration with Simonis Voogd Design (Netherlands/South Africa) designing the boat. Valuable oversight has been given by disabled sailor, Russell Vollmer.

Production will soon start at Fareast Yachts, best known as the largest Optimist builder in the world and, more recently, for its success in the sportsboat market. Fareast has produced a range of boats from 19 to 37 feet in length, with its 28R being an official WorldSailing approved class.

Fareast Yachts has started the CNC milling of the moulds for the S\V14 out of aluminium. Although expensive, it allows the boats to be built to an extremely high level of accuracy. The S\V14 will be a fully vacuum-infused construction in GRP/Foam Core. The weight will be the same as the original wooden version to allow both models to be used in regattas.

By making the first one thousand S\V14s available at a cost which lies below the raw material cost for the wooden version, the aim is to kick start the class by introducing as many people with disabilities as possible to sailing. The ultimate goal is to see participation grow to a number that sailing can take its rightful place once again in the Paralympics.

For more information about the S\V14, visit www.sv14.org or follow on facebook at www.facebook.com/sv14.org.

For more information about Fareast Yachts, visit www. fareastboats.com/en/home or follow on facebook at www. facebook.com/fareastyachts

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