Farr 56 Pilot House "Lady Madonna"   built by BSI Marine in Sweden in 2003. 

“Lady Madonna” is the tenth example of this successful premium blue water cruising yacht design to have been built on the West coast of Sweden. Lady Madonna was built on a bespoke basis with a 4 cabin, 3 heads and 1 workshop layout in our shipyard. The original buyers brief was to build a stylish and comfortable family cruising yacht that could sail in the more inhospitable parts of the world's Oceans safely, as well as to be fun to sail in the lighter winds of the Mediterranean.

She has a light and airy pilothouse, large internal volume, cavernous deck storage, great machinery access and a palatial aft cabin. Couple this with a performance for which Farr designs are renowned and she truly is an ideal cruising yacht for any part of the world. In addition two layers of Kevlar where incorporated in the hull layout for additional safety at the owners request.

With all of the cruising refinements that you would expect on a yacht of this standard including hydraulic in mast furling and Genoa furling, hydraulic winches, Generator, Air conditioning and bow thruster to name a few, she is very easy to sail shorthanded. 

The yacht has had light but regular use for the last 19 years and has cruised the West Coast of Italy and adjacent islands, clocking up approximately 20,000 sea miles in the process.

Lying in Northern Italy and ready for inspection by knowledgeable buyers who are looking for a high build quality, comfortable and fast blue water cruising yacht.

All underwater skin fittings replaced in July 2023.

  • Boat Make / Model: Farr 56 Pilot House
  • Boat Length: 17.6 feet
  • Year: 2003
  • Located: Genoa
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine:  
  • Fuel Type:

Mechanical Equipment

  • Yanmar 4LHA-HTP 160hp turbo charged diesel engine (circa 4000 hours) Service 2020
  • Aquadrive Flexible coupling connected to 45mm stainless steel shaft
  • Max prop feathering propeller
  • Westerbeke 12 BTDC-514 50 Hz 230 volt generator (circa 400 hours) Serviced 2020
  • Lewmar hydraulic retractable bow thruster -
  • Anderson hydraulic system –
  • PTO hydraulic pump on generator to operate bow thruster
  • Spurs Rope cutter
  • Silent exhaust system for generator and main engine
  • Three electric bilge pumps, forward, main bilge and lazarette
  • Manual bilge pump controlled from cockpit
  • Automatic engine room fan.
  • Fuel tank selector change over valve
  • Stainless steel fuel, water and black and grey water holding tanks
  • Fuel tanks - 2 tanks total 1100lt
  • Water - 2 tanks total 850lt
  • Vacuum toilets
  • Automatic fire extinguishers in the engine room and machinery space
  • 120lph Watermaker ( 2003 but never used)
  • Eberspacher heating to fan coil units
  • Air-conditioning  3 x 16k units – Climma to heat exchanger and fan units in each of the 4 cabins, CWS system
  • Galley Extractor fan
  • Kenny Euronova 1000 Washing machine

Deck Equipment

  • Teak laid deck using 12mm teak and teak capping rail
  • Full width sprayhood with grab handle and removable window covers 2019
  • Removable fabric external pilot house window covers 2019
  • Large anchor locker forward
  • Teak and Acrylic washboards
  • Large lazarette locker with access from two aft deck hatches
  • Separate gas locker aft.
  • Separate locker aft for fuel etc.
  • Rondal flush teak laid hatches on deck to lazarettes and forepeak
  • Pilot house skylights from Lewmar's Medium profile range
  • Cabin deck hatches Lewmar Medium profile range
  • Rope controlled Genoa tracks cars led back to the cockpit
  • Andersen 2 x HST 68 two speed hydraulic primary winches
  • Andersen 52 EST two speed hydraulic mainsheet winch
  • Andersen 52 HST two speed hydraulic winch for outhaul
  • Andersen 2 x  ST 58  two speed runner winches 
  • Andersen 2 x 52ST halyard winch adjacent to mast
  • Winch control buttons repeated at the helm
  • 2 Transom deck cleats
  • All Deck gear from Harken
  • 8 stainless steel mooring cleats fitted to capping rails
  • Stainless steel anti chafe strips on the capping rail adjacent to the cleats
  • Stainless steel boarding ladder with teak treads
  • Pulpit and push-pit in stainless steel
  • Gates in the guard-rails
  • Folding teak cockpit table
  • Pulpit with teak seat
  • Lewmar Mamba rod steering system
  • Lewmar electric anchor windless
  • Anchor Ultra 35 kg Stainless steel (2015)
  • Model 100 (9kg) Aluminum Spade kedge anchor
  • 60 m of 10mm  stainless steel chain with swivel 
  • Pressure deck wash pump (Salt or Fresh water)
  • Stainless steel radar post 
  • Deck light aft on pole
  • Custom Stainless steel davits integrated into pushpit seats
  • Custom cockpit and pushpit seat cushions
  • 2 x Backrests on cockpit coaming
  • Webbing jackstays
  • Full cockpit Bimini on Stainless Steel frame



  • North Vertical batten mainsail (Circa 2012)
  • Eurosails Genoa (2016)
  • Elvstrom Staysail (2003)
  • Cruising Chute with snuffer (2003)

Mast and Rig

Mast and Rig

  • Selden hydraulic in mast furling - The mast is keel stepped and is a three spreader masthead rig.
  • The mast and boom are painted in white Awlgrip.
  • Selden hydraulic Furlex system for the Genoa 
  • Selden hydraulic Furlex staysail furling
  • Rod Rigging
  • A Navtec system 50 hydraulic unit is fitted in the cockpit for control or adjustment of the Vang and backstay.
  • The mast is fitted with internationally approved navigation lighting (steaming  light on the front and a tri-color at masthead) as well as deck lights, signal horn, winch handle pocket, flag halyards and Windex.


  • Carbon Spinnaker pole painted white
  • Hasselfors Tensioners on mast for Main, Genoa, Jib and Staysail halyards
  • Navtec Hydraulic panel in cockpit controlling the Vang and Backstay
  • Navtec Stainless steel rigging screw covers
  • Rod Rigging
  • 2 Spreader Lights
  • Isolated backstay for SSB
  • RCB track outhaul
  • In boom preventer lead back to cockpit jammer

Layout Description


Interior cabinet, doors and frame joinery finished in a high gloss varnish over mahogany with brass finished hinges and locks. Bulkheads finished in white with high gloss varnish cover fillets. Ventilation panels to doors and lockers in brushed Aluminum. Teak and holly cabin sole boards.

Layout from forward

Forepeak workshop area accessible from on deck via a Rondal flush teak covered hatch or via a door from the forward heads, fitted with sail bin with a rope stowage rail to starboard and fitted storage cabinets finished in white Perstorp and teak workbench to port, access to bow thruster under teak workbench forward. The sole is finished in bare sanded teak slats.

Forward of the mast there is a double cabin to starboard and a twin bunk cabin to port, both with a hanging locker over a lower locker that contains shelves. The double cabin also has a bedside cabinet. All bunks have a bulkhead reading light, both cabins have a deck hatch with an Oceanair blind/mosquito screen and there is an opening port hole in each cabin. The cabin sole is teak and holly finish with hinged and locked access panels to gain access below to the bilges. Both of these cabins are heated.

Forward of these cabins and aft of the forepeak workshop there is a Jack and Jill shared vacuum head with shower with a white deck hatch and two opening portholes. This area is finished with Corian floor panels over a central drain.

Aft of the forward cabins and abaft the mast there is a day head and wet hanging locker to port a forward passageway just to the port of the mast box. To starboard there is a midships cabin. The midships cabin and day heads both have opening deck hatches, (midships cabin has a blind/mosquito screen and day heads has white Perspex) and opening port holes. The day heads have a vacuum head, washbasin and a shower and a Corian paneled floor. The midships cabin has under bunk stowage.

Steps to up to the Pilothouse saloon which has a large U-shaped seating area to starboard with navigation desk to port. Aft of the navigation desk there is a feature glass cabinet and steps down to the galley.  Access to engine is through the lifting floor which is on hydraulic rams to assist.  Fully air-conditioned and heated. Oceanair Skyshade blinds to all Pilothouse windows and Skyscreen blinds to all skylights.

Steps down to the galley fitted with a Force 10 four burner cooker with  a Corian work top incorporating a large fiddle to act as a handhold. Larger than standard 70 litre chest freezer and two stainless steel upright fridges, (one forward 100 litre facing fore aft and one aft 150 litre facing athwartships).  Ample storage for food and galley equipment. Door to machinery space and door to aft cabin. There are two opening port holes in the galley.

Machinery space houses the Westerbeke generator, Climma air conditioning units, Mastervolt master switch and Chargers and inverter and the watermaker.

Aft Cabin with large Super King size central bedplentiful stowage beneath, hanging lockers and cupboards to port and starboard, seating to port and desk/dressing table to starboard, large leather headboard. Air-conditioning and heating. Access to under floor stowage and sea cocks. Two deck hatches with blinds/mosquito screens and two opening port holes.

Door to En-suite with separate shower, Vacuum toilet and washbasin and Kenny washing machine. Corian surfaces and floor. 


Key Points

  • Interior finish in high gloss Mahogany and white panels
  • Floorboards from traditional teak and holly with hinged access panels
  • Blinds to all windows and portlights
  • Corian work surfaces in galley with special large fiddle to act as a handhold
  • Corian on toilet floors and surfaces
  • Pilot house with good all-round visibility
  • Engine access through saloon floor with heavily insulated door opening on gas struts
  • Solenoid gas shut off located in galley
  • Force 10 four burner stove with grill and oven
  • 2 Large Upright stainless-steel fridges
  • 70lt fridge freezer unit top loading
  • Extractor fan above cooker
  • Pressurized hot and cold water
  • Hot water from main engine or immersion heater to the 60lt calorifier
  • Vacuum fresh water toilets flushing into stainless steel holding tanks
  • Eberspacher  diesel fancoil heaters
  • Washing machine mounted in en-suite heads
  •  Tempur mattresses on berths



 LOA                                      17.6m                57’ 9”

LWL                                       15.3m                50’ 3”

BEAM                                     5.06m               16’ 7”

DRAFT                                    2.55m                8’ 3”

AIR HEIGHT (approx.)            24.5m              80’ 5”

DISCPL light (approx.)            20500kg          45100lbs

BALLAST                                6750kg            14036lbs

FUEL                                       1100lts              241gal

WATER                                    850lts               187gal

HOLDING                                160lt                  35gal

General Description

She has a particularly light and airy pilothouse, large internal volume, cavernous deck storage, great machinery access and a palatial aft cabin. Couple this with a performance for which Farr designs are renowned and she truly is an ideal cruising yacht.

Lady Madonna was built with a bespoke more modern international style of interior finish than the majority of Farr Pilot House yachts. The mahogany has been finished with a high gloss varnish and the Pilot House window bulkheads have a white finish which has added greatly to the spacious feel of the saloon. In addition, there are number of one-off interior design features which include a backlight obscured Perspex mast box cabinet and obscured Perspex glass cabinet in the pilot house saloon.

With the exception of sailing to Italy the yacht has been used by the owner for cruising the Western Mediterranean and has never been chartered.


The hull is of a single skin solid laminate in the central regions below the waterline with the remainder and topsides in a sandwich construction using a Divinycell core. Multi-axial matting is used with Vinylester  resin. Lady Madona’s hull also incorporates two layers of Kevlar to provide enhanced impact protection. The hull is finished in white gelcoat with a blue coloured cove line and boot topping. Internally, the hull is top-coated throughout.

An internal bottom grid is laid up in a female mould and then laminated into the base of the hull increasing stiffness throughout the hull structure. The hull is formed with an integral keel stub to which the lead keel is through bolted. This also forms the separate engine and main bilge sumps.

The main bulkheads are made of marine grade plywood with a mahogany veneer and laminated on both sides to the hull and deck. The chain plates are bolted to the reinforced main bulkhead. The backstay chain plate is bolted to the transom. The loads of all rigging and deck fittings are distributed through the hull via changes in the lay up of the affected areas.

  • Hull and deck hand laid in purpose built modern laminating hall.
  • Vinylester resins with a Multiaxial matting over a Divinycell core
  • 2 Layers of Kevlar
  • Cove lines and boot top in gelcoat.
  • Hull internally painted with topcoat throughout
  • Internal stiffening provided from a bottom grid made from a female mould
  • Keel stub integral with hull forming a deep bilge
  • AMC Coppercoat fouling protection
  • Bolt on wing keel for high performance
  • Spade rudder with 125mm Aluminium stock mounted using self aligning bearings



Lady Madonna has a primary 24v dc system for onboard systems with a 12v dc service circuit for some "12v only" equipment fed by a 24v to 12v converter. The engine and generator run off a separate 12v dc battery.

The service batteries are charged from a 220v ac 100 Mastervolt charger powered from the shore or the generator. The 12 volt batteries are charge via 24 to 12 volt Mastervolt dropper and via the generator and engine 12 volt alternators.

There is also a 24v / 2500w Mastervolt Sine Wave inverter to provide 220v ac  

DC System

  • DC service system 24v 
  • House Batteries 6 x 225 AH  (Batteries replaced 2018)
  • Start battery 12v 45AH
  • Instrument 12v 85AH
  • Charging from a 24v 110A alternator off the main engine with Mastervolt regulator 
  • DC switch panel with circuit breakers located in galley area
  • Earth plate on hull
  • 8 x 12 volt Hella fans
  • String light hose fitted under beds to provide indirect light onto cabin sole in principle cabins


AC System

  • AC system 230volt / 32 amp / 50hz 
  • Mastervolt 220v 100 Amp battery charger
  • Mastervolt 220v 50 Amp battery charger
  • Mastervolt Sine Wave 220v Inverter 24/2500
  • Mastervolt Masterswitch. Automatic AC power switch. 
  • Mastervolt Isolating transformer for shore power
  • Mastervolt 24 volt to 12 volt dropper to charge 12 volt batteries
  • 30A Shore power system
  • 230 volt outlets throughout the accommodation


Instruments and Electronic Equipment

The main sailing instruments where replaced with Furuno instruments in 2018. The autopilot is a 2018 Raymarine model, other instruments are from 2003.



  • Furuno M1833C at the chart table
  • 4kW radome
  • 2 x Raymarine autopilot heads, (one at helm and one at the chart table)
  • Furuno GD 1700 C at Helm
  • Furuno SC60 GPS and Satellite Compass
  • Furuno VHF FM2721 at Chart table with repeater at helm (requires a new handset)
  • Icom SSB M710 at chart table
  • VHF V-tronic cockpit speaker
  • Sea Me Radar detector
  • Furuno Depth, Log, Wind, Magnified wind above companionway


  • TV antenna at mast
  • Bose 3-2-1- System fitted in saloon with cockpit speakers and aft cabin speakers, (currently not working)
  • Radio CD player in aft cabin
  • Sharp TV built into Pilot house aft bulkhead in Saloon with video (Screen currently not working)
  • Radio/CD Player in Cockpit


Saftey and Miscellaneous

  • Lifebelt
  • Fenders
  • Mooring warps
  • Boat hook
  • Zodiac Dinghy and 15 hp 2 stroke outboard stored below decks
  • Owners manual with full set of systems drawings and wiring diagrams
  • Lifesling


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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