The Fayerweather 60 is the E Class Mercedes of the waterways. She stands out in a crowd, showing subtle and tastefully executed design details and offering wonderfully quiet buttoned-down performance and handling.
I met the Fayerweather 60 Fayerweather on a velvety day in late February in Vero Beach, Florida, where she sunned herself in a slip at the Riomar Yacht Club. Her dark blue hull is a graphic way of spelling "Northeast yachting," but it suits her the way the blue blazer has suited conservative yachtsmen for a century.
"This design was created for an experienced sailing couple moving into their first large powerboat," said Penn Edmonds of Edmonds Design. The owners wanted to cruise comfortably at 25 knots in the typically messy sea state of Nantucket Sound. They also wanted extremely shoal draft, a generous pilothouse with good weather protection, and overnight accommodations for two couples.
The instant I set foot aboard the 60, I knew Edmonds and his partner, Oggie Pesek, had drawn her for just such a couple. Her maximum beam is only 11 feet, 5 inches, about 6 feet less than the current norm. Any sailor who has a foot in the rich tradition of yachting understands the value of length, having grown up on the silky motion of long, narrow yachts. If you want more space inside your new design, make it longer, not wider.
"This design combines a long, narrow hull form for efficiency and seakeeping with jet drives for shoal draft," Edmonds said. The proportions also suited the arrangement criteria and yielded two private staterooms.
Dividing the accommodations into three areas creates the feel of a raised-saloon sailing yacht, only more inviting. The spaces are symmetrical, bright but cozy, and wonderfully useful. Guest quarters occupy the bow sections and share a head with the common area. Her narrow hull dictated an in-line galley, which is not ideal at sea, but is fine when the boat's at anchor or under way at moderate speeds in light sea states.
Fayerweather's owners use her as a committee boat and spectator platform during the summer sailboat racing season on Nantucket Sound. This use determined the spacious, open bridge deck amidships. The view from there is excellent, and opening windows and isinglass curtains aft provide all the ventilation anyone could want, especially in New England. A two-zone air-conditioning system cools the forward and after living areas.
Abaft the bridge deck is the owner's stateroom. A hatch in the overhead and six portholes in the cabin trunk wash the area in natural light. A full-size companionway leads to the after cockpit. When the space is open, the stateroom feels like the screened-in porch of a beachside cottage. In deference to the narrow hull, the owner's stateroom has a pair of single berths, one on each side smack against the after bulkhead. Each of these full-size singles is wide enough to cradle a pair of young lovers. The chest of drawers opposite would swallow all my clothing.