The brief to Farr was simple:
“Design one of the world’s fastest 14 foot SUPs oriented towards flatwater and estuary racing, with sufficient stability so weekend warriors and elite paddlers alike, can get the most out of the board.”
Utilizing the experience and design tools of arguably the most successful company of naval architects in the world is a significant advantage when designing a SUP. Farr Yacht Design developed a “base” board design which represented the state of the art in the market, and then experimented with over 100 different variations in Fine/Marine, a CFD software, which shows hydrodynamic force predictions. The final design shape has an advantage of 18% over the original base design.
At 14ft x 26.5”, the shape has a volume distribution and rocker curve to maintain the desired combination of low wetted surface and wave drag. It has enough shape to the rocker curve to maximize dynamic lift when paddling in waves, but without carrying the same wetted surface penalty seen in the competition’s forward sections.
The wave piercing bow is probably the most distinctive feature of the board. A full bow will be “excited” by wave encounters (running into the trough of the wave in front). This will slow the board, requiring more energy to get up and over the next wave. The wave piercing bow penetrates the wave in front without being dramatically excited and avoids a big drag penalty which would result in a loss of speed. It then relies on the buoyancy and shape of the rocker curve in the forward sections to lift the bow up before it begins to dig in. This, combined with a subtle peak along the centerline of the deck, allows the bow to quickly shed water and return to the surface.
The Horizon F14 is manufactured like a high performance racing yacht, the carbon laminate is infused under vacuum in female molds. The board is hollow with internal framing for torsional and longitudinal stiffness.
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“Stand up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Many of us at Farr Yacht Design have boards and enjoy a paddle before or after work. Often lunch discussions amongst the team turn to what an FYD board would look like if we applied some of our design tools to the problem.”