[ AEOLOS P30 ]
The "PURE RACING VERSION" contains all parts that make a boat fast: High quality fittings, superior ropes, light interior and a advanced carbon mast. The large gennaker, stored in a gennaker sock, will always remain attached to sheets and halyard, this will be hoisted and retrieved through the front hatch.
RATING OR HANDLING OPTIMIZATION?
In the meantime, the ORC survey calculates quite accurately. That's why we now see more potential to win a race by improving the handling of a boat than to optimize the rating to the last one. Boats like the Farr280 could be driven at the limit alone or double hand only with much effort and concentration, because they are designed for 5-6 people. But when she runs, you drive through the field – until the next fuckup.
This Aeolos P30 allows easy, effort-saving sail changes and continuous trimming, and provides dry changing at sea and peaceful sleeping.
The large gennaker A2 will remain attached in a gennaker trumpet and will be set through the hatch in the front.
Jib, cutter jib, trysail
in harbour below the front bunks, at sea above the front bunk
Code 0 and or Flying Jib
in the cockpit storage below the hatch
Gennaker A5 or Code 0
iThe small gennaker hangs in a bag in the companionway, partly sheeted, and has a 2nd set of sheets, blocks and clamps.
The main sheet system offers 3 ratios, a fine adjustment, and the sheet with a double clamp, that means 1:4, 1:8 or 1:16. That is fast and saves your power.
The traveller is direct sheeted and runs easily, blocks oversized. All trimming possibilities are easily accessible.
SPINNAKER HOISTING IN SOME SECONDS
The spinnaker retrieval system is one of the most powerful tools of the Aeolos P30. It´s a unique combination of smooth foredeck hatch, 2 ball bearing rollers below deck to compress the sail, teflon coated gennaker sock and 4 gears high speed Karver winch at the retrieve line. Normally it is possible to pull the gennaker in without winch, but if the gennaker is wet, the Karver Winch is a big help. In the first gear the winch pulls appr. 65cm with each turn (standard winches 15cm). Changing gear is easy done with a rotation change.
A water trap below the hatch catches the spray during a speedy surf. That means, water that is coming in flows out easily.
The similar system driven by a grinder is working great on a much bigger TP52, check here:
To improve the light wind performance, the Aeolos P30 can be easily trimmed with crew weight. We optimzed the cockpit layout of the Aeolos P30 for three main downwind and upwind crew positions for light (green), medium (blue) and heavy (orange) wind.
Downwind with light wind the Crew stands beside the mast and is sheeting the gennaker directly without winch. The helmsman sits leeward, steering with the telescopic tiller extension.In heavy winds the crew uses the backstay winch behind the helmsman. The backstay in only necessary for trimming. Downwinds the backstay can be jammed.
WINCHES AND FITTINGS
Easy running blocks and high quality ropes safe a lot of your power. All trimm controls are close to your woring positions in the cockpit. Standard equipment are also 4 Karver winches, they provide a huge handling advantage:
• KSW - Karver Speed Winch: 4-speed automatic winch: the 1st gear is 6x faster - plus self-tailing. A huge advantage when jibing. More infos >>
• KCW - Karver Compact Winch 45: 2 gears, and super light. The first gear twice as fast, great for gennaker trim
from stern position. In 2nd gear it has the power of a 45 winch. Ideal for trimming the backstays. More Infos >>
The backstays are only for trimming. You can reach the backstay winches and the jib winches from the helm position.
We recommend to order the backstay jammers. Then it is possible to get the winch free for trimming the gennaker from the stern and windward side.
E-MOTOR, OUTBOARD INBOARD OR INBOARD BIG
With this boat you always want to sail, even for mooring in the harbour. But sometimes there is no wind. The AEOLOS P30 has an option to fit an E-motor (pod system) or a simple 2-6 horsepower outboard engine by changing the blind plug below the cockpit hatch with the motor plug. That gives you the comfort of leaving the harbour and the safety to drive if becalmed.
• motor plug mount
• blind plug
• engine plug
The outboard solution is approved on a BB10m since 25 years. A 2-stroke 5hp outboard speeds up the BB10 to 6,8knots in a calm. If you don´t need the motor, pull it out and set the blind plug in - and then there is no resistance any more. In light winds a BB10 is up to 0,5 knots faster without the turbulence producing propeller and shaft.
We do not recommend to install an inboard engine - it is easily possible - but you will add 200kg with all installation stuff (we removed the motor from our Farr280 and measured every part: 198kg in total with an Lombardini Diesel engine). It is a pity to bring all this weight in this boat.
AUTOPILOT INSTALLATION WITHOUT FRICTION
We have developed a solution for the installation of the NKE Autopilot Jefa Drive:
- the drive is mounted below the cockpit floor
- the movable end is fixed on a traveller car
- two dyneema ropes are attached to the traveller car
- the ropes guided by ball bearing blocks/Teflon leads
- two curry cleats at the tiller for the steering ropes
- two elastic cords retract the ropes when unused
- balls at the ropes ends stop them at the cockpit wall
- use the balls to fix the tiller in the same position always
- rudder position sensor beside the traveller
- easy maintenance
- no resistance when disconnected
- full feeling at the tiller
- low weight
An very well working and good value for money solution is the a RAYMARINE EVO100 Autopilot installation, find some pics here of our Farr280. Outside is only the instrument on starboard and at port a small bracket for the Tiller pilot and a socket.
Inside at the cockpit wall above the tubular bunks is the autopilot computer.
DECK & DECKHOUSE
A flat deck looks nice and has low wind resistance. But these boats are very, very fast, which means a lot of spray. After two nights in the spray without protection, you will change your mind about a deckhouse. We raced the 500 miles of the Baltic 500 with a Farr280. After two days of racing we were in the lead. But we were totally exhausted, cold and wet and started making too many mistakes. A flat deck on a 30` boat is great if you can leave the boat after a night. Form follows function: The deckhouse has to protect the cockpit and the crew.
The wings also protect the clutch bank for the halyards, if you hoist the sails from the cabin entrance you cannot hurt it or open the clutch, which can happen if they are installed on the roof.
Flat deck: fast but wet
The curved deck in the cockpit area gives you plenty of extra support when sitting. The deck provides a safe path to the foredeck when heeling 0-30 degrees. Wherever you need it when the boat heels, you will find footboards and handles: cockpit, foredeck, deckhouse, ...
The deck is coated with antiskid, or you can order a grippy soft foam on cockpit floor and/or deck.