This yacht is designed as a moderated cost, fast but easily handled, one design club racer. It is also capable of being raced in the IMS Racing Division with few minor addition to the otherwise empty interior to suit IMS Regulations.
Farr Yacht Design, Ltd. was commissioned to design the Platu as a racing sailboat suitable for teaching sailing skills and racing skills to “new sailors”. The yacht will be fast and sporty with no interior fit out as it is intended for day racing only. The light displacement hull shape combines a long waterline, fine bow sections and powerful stern sections, all carefully balanced to deliver exceptional performance. The combinations of wide, flaring topsides that increase the effective stability from crew weight and a highly refined keel geometry will give the high stability essential for a well-rounded, light displacement design.
The SG cast iron keel design has evolved from the keels seen on our most recent Whitbread designs featuring a large bulb carefully integrated into a slender fin. The highly refined rudder profile and sections shapes, unique to Farr designs, call for a carbon rudder stock, glass and foam rudder blade.
An efficient, no nonsense deck layout has been designed to make the yacht easy to sail for either the novice or regatta veteran. Complete with sail and rig controls, emphasis has been placed on the careful placement of gear.
Configuration of a double swept-spreader, fractional rig with short over-lapping headsail and large mainsail will allow for a high performance rig that is strong and reliable yet allows for effective adjustment of sails for varying wind conditions. The large spinnaker is set on an “over-length” pole.
The Platu25 Class is an ISAF recognized Class since November 2005.
The International Platu25 Class Association (known as IPCA) is trying to promote and develop the Platu25 Class throughout the world. As a Recognized Class under ISAF, the IPCA shall conform to the jurisdiction and requirements of ISAF and the International Class regulations.
The IPCA Constitution, the By-laws and other regulations are binding on all members, and all registered Platu 25’s shall conform to Class Rules and any limitations imposed by the IPCA and ISAF. NPCA means the National Platu Class Association organized inside the individual countries and officially recognized by the IPCA.
The International Board shall consist of one (1) member appointed by each officially recognised NPCA, the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Each International Board member shall have one (1) vote. In addition, each International Board member appointed by an NPCA shall have one (1) vote for every five (5) boats owned by members of their respective NPCA and for which the IPCA has issued a yearly sticker. No NPCA shall ever be allowed to cast more than 42.5% of the total votes available at that meeting.
The International Board shall have the power to select any person or entity to assist it whether a member or not, but such a member shall have no vote on the International Board. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall take place at a date which adequately precedes the documentation submission date for the annual General meetings of the ISAF. The choice of venue is optional, but shall take into account the ease of attendance of the majority of national representatives. At Meetings of the International Board five (5) members shall form a quorum.