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More F-33 Progress

January 27, 2015

I was in the Philippines again last week to visit Multihulls Direct, where their next 'all carbon epoxy' F-33RXC is being
readied for shipping to Australia. Both factory setup and boat are very impressive and I took many photos as follows:

Multihull Direct's new larger factory at Clark Free Port Zone (near Subic Bay). The original Subic
factory has been retained for final pre-shipping assembly and storage, but just became too small.
Worker numbers have now also grown to over 40

Factory Panorama with the next F-33RXC visible, along with newly made molds in foreground. The F-33
has now started its progression from a hand built 'Ferrari type' all epoxy boat to the more usual Farrier
branded gelcoated production boat (as were the F-27 and F-31). This means the boats will not be quite
as advanced, and a touch heavier, but they will be quicker to build and more readily available in much
greater numbers. We may also keep the higher level 'all epoxy' version available should demand warrant.

We will start taking deposits soon for the molded production version, and being the first new genuine
Farrier production design of this size for many years there could be quite a backlog. We will not be
able to get the overall 'fit out' level quite as high as the current hand built 'top of the line' version,
but it will be very close, and certainly well above any competitor (as well as being much lighter).

Typical of the details throughout the current boat - a perfectly blended in bow socket.

While the overall standard of finish is just superb.

Another example

More typical details of the fit and finish, and excellent quality. Stainless steel chafe guards protect
cabin edges from line chafe.

The port side

Port side interior view

Interior is all hand built by dedicated craftsmen, and current 'top of the line' epoxy version can have
many options. However, the future production version will use molded components, so options will be
more limited. Open areas will still be hand finished, and will never have heavy hull liners. Never.

To me, hull liners on a performance boat are like Granite panels being used to line an aircraft's cabin.
Easier for a manufacturer to provide a hard glossy maintenance free surface but not good for the owner
if there's little or no load capacity left. Can be okay for heavy monos, but not for light high performance
multihulls. A hull liner may also create voids between it and the hull, which can collect water, plus it
can prevent easy access to the actual hull for any maintenance or repair.

Starboard side. I have also never been a big supporter of using wood in interiors, having always preferred
a modern light 'airy' look. But will admit that a rosewood or teak veneer can look very good if done well!

Forward berth - no cushions yet, but still very roomy

Looking aft past vanity unit

Looking further aft

Galley stove and sink area on the starboard side

Port aft view with side underwing access hatch

Entry step - all very well thought out by Multihulls Direct owner Michael Mallory and
his staff, like everything on these boats.

The next boats in line

This one is going to Vancouver (Canada), and hopefully in time for the Vancouver April Boat Show


An unfinished hull, soon to be painted. Note the Farrier Marine made curved foils that
will be going into the F-33RXC

The other side

This is an aft cockpit boat

The well equipped machine shop - all machined parts are made in house by skilled machinists

A new boat just being starting - this one is another all carbon boat, main hull side and bottom
being laminated

Now vacuum bagged

The other side also now laminated - just a center strip to go.

Polishing up new daggerboard case molds. All small F-33 molds are being made first, and next
will be the floats

Another factory view - there's also a similar but empty factory right next door that will be just right
for the significant expansion anticipated soon

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