IOR landfills?


Super Anarchist
The IOR sailing was popular in the 70’s and 80’s. But the use of extreme materials made these yachts expensive. Soon one-design classes took over. However, it did not take long before one could get two old IOR-yachts to the same price as of one of those one-design yachts. Thus, somewhat of a revival for old IOR yachts have taken place. Both quarter- and half ton cup are held again under IRC. Old boats are looked for all over the world to be renovated, such as Fauroux-designed quarter-tonners, or Farr-designed half-tonners. A number of old IOR yachts made from good materials exist on the market, usually to reasonable prices. However, the yachts may need renovation. For example, a yacht fell off its jack and onto her side, breaking stringers and puncturing the hull. Another example is yachts beached in a storm and considered an insurance write off, with lots of damage to the hull and holes in the deck. However, yachts can saved from the chainsaws, and avoid to end up as landfill. Thus, one can do the environment a good turn by getting these boats out of the water, getting them out of people’s backyards, and salvaging boats. The present Facebook group “IOR landfills?” tries to create interest on yachts that can be saved in time, and the it’s members are welcomed to make contributions on the following site:



Super Antichrist
Don't say I didn't warn you!




Rain Man

Super Anarchist
Wet coast.
It is a lot of time, money and effort to save one of these things from the dumpster.  Anyone who has done it deserves the pleasure and satisfaction derived from getting out on the water and enjoying the fruit of their labour.  


LB 15

It was an odd time the late IOR period. Fantastic fleets, great racing and many beautiful looking boats that were absolute cunts of things to sail. Back them most  owners actually knew how to sail and as a pro you could get as pissed as you like in the beer tent and no one gave a shit. As the old saying goes If you can remember the Hawaiian regattas in the early 80’ weren’t there.

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The pictures on the trailer are current 2020 pics. Sailing pics are from 30+ years ago before I was even born.

The thing is absolutely full of water. Never new a boat could sink when on the hard.


12 metre

Super Anarchist
English Bay
How many of the Farr half tonners made it to the US?  I could dig finding one worth saving.  
True Farr Half Tons?  Very few if any  - most likely none imported.  There was a Canadian builder that made some similar to the Farr 920:

There was one for sale in West Van within the last year.  The 920, like most boats designed and built in NZ lacked the horsepower to do well in most North American regions.

If you wanted a fast Half Ton, a wooden Peterson named Scorpion was available.  Unfortunately some young "rebel without a cause"  or maybe "dimwit without a clue" is more appropriate got his hands on her and proceeded to abandon and presumably destroyed her.  There is a lengthy thread in here about the adventures prior  to the last known voyage: 

Or if wooden boats aren't your thing, there was the similar looking Mo Bettah II which fortunately got picked up by Anarchist SJB a couple of years ago and is doing a great resto job on her.  Here is the thread on the Mo Bettah II resto;

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Usual suspect
Toms River,NJ
Incidentally, that’s the way cotton sails were sewn until Nathaniel Hereshoff made his horizontal so they wouldn’t deflect the wind the way the old, saggy cotton sails of the day did. Each vertical panel would quickly blow out and they attained non aerodynamically becoming shapes  at every angle..