F02 is the second in an exciting new series of F class one designs. Combining the spirit of the J class with the performance of a maxi racer, the design brief for these race classics called for the smallest sized vessel that could beat a J on the water in both light and heavy winds.
The F class is the result of a long research project by the Hoek Design office, developing fifteen different yachts with varying length, beam and displacement, sail area and draft. Goal was to develop the smallest possible yacht with the above water looks of a J class yacht that would be faster at all points of sail. F02 will be built by Claasen Shipyards, most recently responsible for the J class yacht Lionheart.
With long overhangs and sleek lines, F02’s exterior styling is similar to Js such as Svea. A sweeping sheer with a flush deck and moderate deck camber echoes the look of yachts that were developed in the early 1930s. Below the waterline, however, she is more comparable to a modern maxi racer with a high aspect ratio, T-style fin keel with a lead bulb. The combination of a 5.2 m draft with a 3D-tonne lead bulb and carbon high aspect ratio spade rudder is exceptionally powerful. Nonetheless, F02 can be effortlessly steered with two fingers.
The deck layout is comparable to a modern maxi with a large open cockpit and separate cockpit for the helmsman. On deck and in the interior, the yacht is developed as a pure sailing machine with a minimalist interior with pipe cots forward of the mast, a stall shower and separate toilet, locker space for all the crew, a small galley and a navigation table.
The inside of the hull is coated with a new insulation paint system called Mascoat ΔT and Δ DB. The hull is lined with red cedar planks spaced one inch apart with red cedar floors, aluminium striping and composite grating. Decks are made in Alaska Yellow Cedar to reduce weight.