WHEN BRUCE FARR AND ASSOCIATES SIT DOWN AT THEIR DRAWING BOARDS, THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD OF YACHTING KNOWS TO EXPECT A BOAT OF INSPIRED DESIGN.
Question: How much does Platu (a mackerel-type fish) cost in the food market?
Answer: Fifteen baht for three pounds.
Question: How much would a 25-foot long “Platu” be worth?
Answer: 1,555,000 baht.
But this is no ordinary “Platu,” this is a racing keelboat designed by the world’s best keelboat designer, Bruce Farr and Associates. It was specifically made to sail on Thai waters at the request of Phatra Marine Product Company.
As interest in this marine sport grows larger among Thais, the company has decided to host international keelboat races in Thailand. In preparation for this, they asked Bruce Farr to design 50 racing keelboats called “Platu,” short for “The Farr Platu 25.”
“Our marina,” explains Cheerut Suthat Na Ayudhaya, “is located in Pranburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, where the Platu lays its eggs. Platu and chili sauce rate among the the top products of Thai cuisine and we simply asked Bruce Farr for the best racing keelboats in the world.”
With the company’s requirements in mind, Bruce Farr studied the tides, wind direction, storm patterns and other geographical nuances of the Gulf of Thailand. The end result is a small, speedy boat that is virtually unbeatable in Thai waters.
Originally published in art4d Oct, 1995.