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Disabled sailing gets boost with SV14

 
Fareast Yachts to produce the SV14 at their production base in China at a subsidized price of US$ 3,000 (€2,473 or £2,134).

In exciting news for the disabled sailing community worldwide, Fareast Yachts will produce the S\V14 at their production base in China and will supply the first one thousand S\V14’s at a subsidized price of US$ 3,000 for the base boat ex works Shanghai.

This price is 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.

The S\V14 is a truly 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 multi award-winning Naval Architectural and Yacht Design studio Simonis Voogd Design (Netherlands/ South Africa) designing the boat.

With valuable oversight from respected disabled sailor Russell Vollmer and production soon to start at Fareast Yachts, best known as the largest Optimist builder in the world.

And more recently for their success in the sportsboat market producing a range of boats from 19 to 37ft, with their 28R being an official WorldSailing approved class.

Fareast Yachts have 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\V14’s 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.

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