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Stow-and-go cruising under sail

The Far Harbour 39 is designed to be transported in a standard shipping container

The Far Harbour 39 is designed to be transported in a standard shipping container

A Rhode Island boatbuilder has developed the first cruising yacht designed to be container-shipped to destinations around the world.

The Far Harbour 39 from Container Yachts is a 38.9-foot motorsailer that fits into a standard shipping container (after some disassembly) for transport to virtually any cruising destination. The Middletown, R.I., company says the boat is suited to boaters who are “long on cruising dreams and short on time.”

“The most valuable commodity today is time; people don’t have enough of it,” says Container Yachts president Will Rogers. “The Far Harbour 39 was designed for couples who are active into their retirement and want to cruise faraway places on their own boat, without paying the fees normally associated with transporting a boat. We figured that transporting a boat in a container would be so much easier and less expensive.”

Container Yachts teamed up with naval architect Robert H. Perry to design the boat. It has a beam of just 7.4 feet and can be loaded into and out of a shipping container using standard boatyard equipment, according to the company.

“Designing the Far Harbour 39 was an interesting challenge,” Perry says in a release. “The boat needed to be long and narrow so I looked at other designs with a similar length-to-beam ratio, and this boat is in the same neighborhood as America’s Cup contenders — famous classics such as the Meter boats.”

Once the Far Harbour 39 reaches its destination, a yard bolts on the keel, attaches the rudder and Saildrive, steps the mast and adjusts the rigging. Estimated shipping costs range from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on where the boat is being shipped, according to the company.

During sea trials a prototype named InBox — launched in August at Schooner Creek Boat Works in Portland, Ore. — reached 8.3 knots under power and 6.7 knots under sail. “It’s exceeding all of our expectations,” says Rogers. “With its beam it seems as though it would be cramped, but with its length and amenities it is not. This boat has an ample galley, a full head and comfortable settees and berths.”

The boat has a price tag of $225,000. InBox debuted at the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show in September. The Far Harbour 39 also will be on display Oct. 5 to 9 at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., and Feb. 15 to 19 at the Miami International Boat Show.

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