Fortunately, Bernie made a good choice in Perry, a yacht designer who can think outside the box when need be-or, in this case, inside the box. The result is a quirky-looking craft that fits the design spec to a T. Nowhere in that spec was the requirement that the boat be a beauty, and it's not-except in the way that functional form is beautiful. With a maximum beam of 7 feet 5 1/4 inches and a hard chine aft, it resembles a box with a point on one end. The boat may be skinny for a 40-footer, but that helps in the performance department-there's a reason America's Cup yachts are getting thinner, and it's not to make them slower. And like the current generation of America's Cup yachts, the Far Harbour 39 is a little slab-sided. The LOA and LWL are nearly identical, there's very little rocker, and hull sections aft are almost square.