The All New F-22
All F-22 Production Development has Now Ended
All focus will now be on increasing production, and this page will no longer be updated.
All the latest F-22 news can still be seen on the Latest News Page
July 3, 2016
Factory photo as of July 3. Hull no. 9 deck and hull (in back) are joined, and nearly ready to fit beams and
F-22 production has been slow the past few months, due to key staff being sidetracked to make the necessary
June 12, 2016
Now that the F-22 development and production implementation phase is nearing an end, this page will start to be wound down, and will concentrate only on new factory developments in New Zealand. All delivery and sailing photos will now be published under Latest News, where the most recent launching can be seen in Dubai, and the next delivery heading for Spain. All Philippine factory news will also be under Latest News
The Spain delivery has been a major milestone, as I was very happy with the boat configuration, and now consider the development phase over. The F-22 features and systems are finally exactly how I like them, and it is time to pull the trigger on full volume production. I have always been reluctant to do this while parts of the boat were not just right, or as simple as I like, as one would then be mass producing a boat that could have a few flaws. A common problem in production, but something I have always prefered to minimize or eliminate.
There are many more detail improvements and features implemented that cannot be publicly detailed yet, but these will be covered soon. The Price and Options list is also currently being completely revised, with many changes, some options becoming standard, some will be changed or deleted. This is a major task, but it should be finalized by the end of the month.
There will be some reorganizing, with three F-22 variations now to be offered. These will be a high level F-22S (standard rig) and F-22R (racing rig) both of which will only be built in NZ, and have more options available. The lower cost base model F-22 will only be produced in the Philippines, with fewer options, but the at the same quality level. More importantly, it will become more readily available much more quickly.
Current depositors can choose whichever model they prefer and will not loose any priority. More soon.
One of the last new developments has been an optional wider folding beam for when boat is being
And just to show how stable the standard F-22 is while folded, Farrier Marine mold maker Stu Brown is
However, stability while folded will always be limited compared to full unfolded beam, and care should
The F-22 hull plug now setup on an angled steel frame, so that it can be fitted inside a container for
May 15, 2016
Back At The Factory:
The F-22 main hull plug is now made, and being revealed as the mold is lifted off.
The hull plug is to be shipped to the Philippines, along with many other plugs and molds, where more
Meanwhile, hull no 228 is nearing completion and will be shipped this month to Spain
Just about ready to go outside for mast and rig to go on. Other items in picture are various F-22 plugs
Hull no 231 is now made, and no 232 will soon follow
April 8, 2016
Assembly line as at end of March, 2016 - starting to actually get a line.
But the big news this month is at the Clark factory
March 18, 2016
Another F-22 Shipped
F-22 No 227 leaving factory yard and on way to Dubai
Meanwhile, back in the factory:
F-22 #228 Is nearing completion, with deck glued on, and ready to assemble with floats and
While the deck for #229 has now had the non-skid applied, and is ready to fit out. It will next be
The worlds best shipping cradle? Will be used to ship #228 and can be later used as a yard trolley, or
We have also been working with Southern Spars to develop a premium carbon mast for the F-22R, and the
Assembled at Southern Spars
We have also been building a test jig for test breaking foils and beams, and this should be ready
We continue to work on establishing volume F-22 production in the Philippines, with one of our staff having just returned from the Clark
February 12, 2016
No. 7 Pre-Delivery Water test
No. 227 on the trailer at the launching ramp. This boat is being shipped to Dubai for Robert Lakos.
On the water and preparing to raise the mast
Mast up and ready to go
Under sail, but jib only this time. We found a bolt rope problem with the mainsail that prevented it
However, it performed very well under jib only, tacking easily.
Now back at the dock, and soon to be disassembled and packed into the container for shipping. Up until
Factory view at end of 2015. We have just had a big clean out of old or unused molds/parts etc., and
All going well, we should double production in 2016, and even more so once the Philippine factory
December 24th, 2015
Our latest two F-22Rs outside the factory, making it five F-22s built for 2015. One (at the back) is going
The carbon mast just raised, with the optional 'no halyard' furling jib using a structural grade anti-torque
Furling boomless mainsail on, neatly rolled, and all ready to go, transom again floating very high (light).
Wind came up a little too much (over 20 knots) for the first test sail so we went with reefed main only,
This boat will be used to test and further refine all the sail control systems, and to finalize single-handed
Production decals are now also finalized, plus every NZ built boat comes with my signature inside
November 7th, 2015
One More Ready To Launch
This is our own Factory test boat, which has been sitting to one side (and neglected) over the winter,
However, we are now using mechanical fasteners as a backup, until we can be sure the glue join is
Main being tried for the first time - should be ready for sailing soon!
Factory photo as of Saturday November 7, 2015. Factory boat is at foreground left, with hull no 7 on
We then doubled F-27 deliveries in 1987, and should be able to equal or do even better next year with
September 26, 2015
Hull No. 6 Shipped
Bill Darnell's F-22 has now been packed into the shipping container and is on its way to Phoenix, Arizona.
On the trailer, and ready to be rolled back into the container
Just some final touches
Pushing it back in - only 6mm (1/4") to spare per side.
Walking in the port float and beams
All packed in and ready to go. Very easy to unload and should not take any more than 30 minutes
Container now picked up and on its way
F-22 BOOM (#1) now with new owner:
Paul Steinhardt has purchased BOOM, the original factory boat, and having previously owned an F-25, Sprint, and F-9A it was interesting
Thanks for the note, and we have really been enjoying the new boat. I am amazed at how it performs for it's size. It would seem to me
Raising / lowering the rig is a treat compared to the F-9. All up I am really impressed with the capability, performance and build quality.
Keep up the good work.
September 19, 2015
Latest Test Launching
Bill Darnell's hull number 6 (our next delivery) going through its test launching and a short sail:
Arriving at the ramp
Side Guide Post in its trailering position
Now raised - this post is used on the leeward side when there are high cross winds at the ramp, and
Launched and alongside a popular 22' monohull trailer sailer - one can see the huge difference.
Mast quickly went up and all is now ready for the test sail where everything went perfectly.
Back at the dock a short while later with mast lowered. The 'plug in' seatbacks were very comfortable
September 6th, 2015
Factory as at September 5th 2015. Hull no. 6 is ready for delivery after a test sail, while No. 7 is fitted
No. 6 having the mast trial raised. Some inclement weather with 35 knot winds have held up the test sail,
August 30th, 2015
First Swiss F-22 Sailing
Markus Stacher's F-22 #5 is now sailing in Switzerland, and Markus is very happy
On the lake with young Jan Stacher getting the best view.
Meanwhile Bill Darnell's F-22 #6 is ready to be delivered to Arizona, and we will start packing it
Meanwhile, the first F-22 molds and plugs have just arrived in the Philippines where they will be used to
July 18th, 2015
Another Shipping Container Arrives
But this time it is being used to ship F-22 plugs and molds to the Philippines where they will be used
Deck Plug being squeezed in - and yes, it fitted - just. This will be used to make the second deck mold,
Float plugs waiting to be loaded.
Meanwhile the next container to arrive will be for Bill Darnell's F-22 No. 6 which is in the final stages:.
Interior is finished, and only the final assembly of beams and floats remains.
Finished cockpit seatbacks now in position, making this easily the most comfortable cockpit I have ever
Centerboard control lines can be seen at right
Close up of centerboard control lines. I have used centerboards for years, and they are a great asset in
The other big advantage of a centerboard is a roomier and much more open interior.
Meanwhile, the second F-22 sent to Europe has just arrived in Switzerland. See story and photos.
July 1, 2015
Deliveries Speeding Up
It has been a long haul, with only two deliveries in all of last year, but two so far the past 6 months, with another this month, and very likely
Bill Darnell's F-22 No. 6 is almost finished and it will be shipped to Arizona this month. This is the
F-22 No. 7, the next in line for delivery - hull fitout is complete, and ready for the deck to go on.
F-22 No. 8 - deck and hull now made, hull shown just after infusion. It is now being fitted out and will
The photos above are a bit factory/work related, but we do have a more interesting one just in from Neville McElroy below, showing
Twiggy is a famous Crowther racing design, so it was a good effort by Gumphy. Neville is now upsizing
May 31, 2015
Another F-22 Heading To Europe
Marcus Stacher's F-22 is now on its way to Switzerland:
Starting to load into the container
Now all the way in
Floats and beams now in place
and finally - the mast
Truck ready to pick up - these side loading trucks (NZ invention) are fantastic and make everything easy.
Lifting the container on
...and on its way. Next boat is heading to the USA (and hopefully sometime in June). Still getting
some kinks out of the production process, but finally starting to speed up
May 2nd, 2015
Ramping Up Production
Progress continues on a steady and methodical path, as we start to ramp up the production rate. Any production bottle necks
Factory as it looked this weekend. Our new factory boat is at left having just been launched for the first
Elsewhere in the photo, Bill Darnells #6 (heading for USA) can be seen just behind with the deck now on,
I'm also going through all the features and options, and anything not quite right, or that annoys, is being improved or eliminated,
The problem with fixed brackets (as it was) is that they just don't suit every boat. Light boats need a deep set bracket so that prop
I then noticed that a home builder in Australia had used an adjustable height bracket mounted on the hull side, which just looked
This consists of a simple molded mounting pod that is glued and bolted onto the main hull side, to which an
But one stills need more depth for the biggest chop, which is no problem, as motor can be lowered
Motor is still completely accessible and turnable either way, in the shallow or truly deep set position
Tilt on the standard bracket height will be high enough for all except heavily loaded boats
But there is even more height with the top bracket position. The molded mounting pod should also
This photo shows just how light this boat was, with transom way above the water, yet the outboard is still
The single most important thing now is to get F-22s rolling out the door in NUMBERS, and this will be our main focus this year.
April 3, 2015
Now that Hull No 4 has been shipped to England (see below) we can finally resume serious work on all the subsequent boats, progress on which has suffered somewhat as we concentrated on getting No. 4 finished and shipped.
Hull No. 5 (for Markus Stacher in Switzerland) is now being finished off, and this should be basically done
The interior of No. 5 is very basic (Stage 2 kit) with only the cushions to be fitted.
Meanwhile, hull No. 6 deck is being fitted out while main hull will be joined up with beams and folding
Deck No. 7 is now about to be trimmed, with a Deck 'Splash' in place which shows where to cut openings
Deck No. 8 has now also be started (going to Spain). Mold has been gelcoated, followed by a light glass
March 24, 2015
Another Boat Shipped
Shipped! Hull no. 4 has now left our building and is on its way to Southampton, (UK). The following photos show how we load
Truck has arrived, parks next to the container, and deploys stabilizing legs
Now it brings the two mini cranes over and hooks on the chains
Starting to lift - the whole operation is controlled by the driver standing alongside, with a remote control
Container now on the truck
Legs being retracted
And on its way
The whole pickup operation (or drop off) takes about 5 minutes.
March 22nd, 2015
Hull No. 4 has now been packed into the container for shipping to the UK, and it is scheduled to be shipped this week:
There is plenty of room to ship one boat in a container, but it will be a little more tight with two.
Container for No. 4, which is the first fully finished production boat and has taken a while to complete,
The electrical system was the final major item to be designed and completed, and this required several
Battery area with main battery switch. Just a small Kayak battery is shown, but battery recess (black area)
Main cabin light - all lights are LEDs
Navigation lights use custom moldings to orientate them properly, being vertical and parallel to centerline
But the big news is a new production facility being setup for the F-22 in the Philippines, where a large
Plenty of room and this will double our floor space. F-22 production will not happen overnight, but the
February 21st, 2015
No. 4 Water Tested
Hull No. 4 is now about to be shipped to the UK:
This is the first standard F-22 and is pictured just before its water test. These are done to check
No. 4 is a major milestone as all the production systems have now been fully developed, and deliveries
The first centerboard version, with centerboard now in place.
Shape below hull is exactly the same as the daggerboard version, but slot is longer. Hence there
Centerboard retracted - it is designed to protrude slightly from slot as shown, when on water, to
February 8th, 2015
Ron and Ken Godwin's Hull No. 3 has now been launched in Australia:
This was a Stage 2 Kit and has been finished off by Ron and Ken in Brisbane.
First time extending the floats on the water
At the dock for the first time - Ron and Ken have gone with the optional boom
Meanwhile, Peter Hackett's BOOM! is back sailing with the optional F-22R alloy wing mast, and showed excellent speed
Interior of Nigel Armstrongs Hull No. 4, which is about to be shipped to the UK.
Robert Lakos's Hull No. 7 now infused - this will be going to the UAE
Hull No. 5 now joined up and folding
January 22, 2015
Finally - some line progress - after many weeks of development Hull #6 is taken out of the mold.
Just a little more work on centerboard case area and deck can go on. Hull #7 can now be started
The main holdup of the past month or so - the interior side mold is now finished, and ready to make
January 12, 2015
The next delivery - hull #4 with screacher being checked out.
Jib is looking good too. Now only waiting on cushions (with a custom fabric) to be finished
...and the main holdup the past month or so - the interior mold with recesses for sink and stove units.
December 21, 2014
Hull #4 now outside and with the first base F-22 aluminum mast raised.
Mainsail being tried out
A new alloy F-22R wing mast option as made by Allyacht Spars in Australia. This is now available as
Hull #5 with Swiss owner Markus, who dropped in recently to see how his boat was going.
The first centerboard interior, with the centerboard case offset to port. A much more open feel with just
The final pop-top configuration, pop-top being down, and with two lockable eyes each side (only one
The semi-open position, having slid far enough forward on polyethylene slides to give easy access.
November 23rd, 2014
The next delivery - Hull #4 with daggerboard being trial fitted.
Outside for the first time, and washed down. Now just waiting on nets and sails.
Also almost ready for delivery, a trailer with two floats and other parts for an Auckland plan F-22 builder
Our next factory F-22, Hull #2, now also getting a washdown, prior to being rigged up.
November 4th, 2014
The next boat almost ready for shipping, this being hull no. 4 which will be heading for the UK. It is
Deliveries remain slow due to interior molds being made, and numerous other areas still being refined
Just substitute F-22 for F-27, and you have virtually same situation as we have now in 2014. Back then
However, the F-27 was kept very conventional in all areas other than the beams and folding system,
Carbon mast has probably been the main source of delay, as being completely new, this has needed
Shipping masts on their own can be a major problem, as damage is common, but having the mast
October 14th, 2014
The production F-22 is taking time to develop, but many of the original plan built F-22s are
Meanwhile, the production F-22 interior is nearing completion, and the above photo shows the now
And just 10 seconds later, it can be in its 'normal use' position, with tap and drain fully operational.
Meanwhile, in Canada, yet another plan built F-22 is happily sailing
This one is Jim and Franca Allen's Melvest built F-22, and sailing in Vancouver.
October 7th, 2014
Testing in Australia continues under the able hand of Peter Hackett. Photos by Paul Steinhardt
New cushions just fitted for the first time
Port side aft, stove being stored behind cushion back
Starboard side aft, galley sink also being stored behind cushion back, where it can still be used
Port seatback removed to show the stove storage area.
Starboard seatback removed with galley sink unit now visible.
Sink now fully deployed and ready for use. Tap is still to be installed.
Stove ready for use, but it is a bit close to cabin side and roof. A heat shield (may be an option) will
Stove fully deployed ready for use.
Another view of galley sink unit in the extended position. Quite a bit of counter area for a small boat,
September 20, 2014
While we are working hard at the factory, Peter Hackett continues working hard in his office on refining all the
Meanwhile, back at our version of paradise, (called a factory) we have just fitted the bare foam for interior
The foam blanks are now at upholsterer being covered. There will be several fabric options but this can be
Looking aft showing the footwell for quarter berth. There is more than enough room for legs and feet.
September 6th, 2014
Factory view as of September 6th, 2014. Boats have been rearranged to give more room, as a log jam
The basic galley layout has now been established, with the basic molds made. Galley has been
Stove area as it looks when not in use - stove being there but under a cover. Cover itself will normally
Stove cover has now been lifted out and clipped onto seatback giving extra counter space. This unit
Stove has now been slid out into the built in recess on top of the 'clip on' which keeps it securely in
Cooking finished, and stove stored away again. Thus for most of the time, when cooking is not being
A similar 'clip on' unit will be used for a galley sink on the other side, or vise versa, and this can also
Flexibility and the maximum use of space is very important in a small boat, and the configuration
We have also been fitting out the first aluminum mast for base F-22s, and photo shows how our
August 12, 2014:
Any beach is just an excuse to play
August 3rd, 2014
F-22 'BOOM!' Wins QCYC Winter Series Overall
Peter Hackett's BOOM! did very well in its first Race series, winning the QCYC Winter Series in
Had a great weekend of sailing. It was again light and the windward leewards really suited our boat and style of
One of the other competitors - BOSS RACING - a serious racing cat with few creature comforts
BOOM! at the dock after the Series win, and now getting ready for some cruising
The other Brisbane boat is (No. 3) is being assembled by Ron and Ken Godwin, Ken in the photo
Meanwhile back at the factory. No. 2 will be our new factory boat, and is in the foreground waiting to be finished
Main holdup at present are interior/galley molds which I finally got around to doing a couple of weeks ago. Been in
Either a daggerboard or a centerboard is available - it makes the build a little more complicated, but not
If you are wondering why we let boat No. 1 go to Brisbane, these photos say it all
July 16th, 2014
Earlier Racing Photos
A little behind at the start
Beginning to move up
The above was a good day for Peter Hackett's F-22 'Boom!', but it had also just experienced one of those bad days the week before, with the mast going over the side in 25 plus knots. However, not unexpected, as the first mast was built to the bare minimum to see if it could be broken, and how. As a lightweight test mast it was not originally intended to leave NZ, but being short of masts it went with #1 boat to get an F-22 sailing in Australia sooner. This it did, and winning its first race, along with many sailing photos, and much valuable feedback to help improve future boats, have all probably made it worthwhile.
Our Australian agent Peter Hackett knew the mast was a high risk, and probably got tired of me warning him about it, but it was a mast destined to meet a sticky end. A replacement mast was being planned, but we were hoping not to send it until next year. However, 'BOOM!' was sailing again a week later with a new mast (from #3) and did very well in the most recent weekend racing, winning Saturday's race.
The actual production masts are stronger, and while the cause of this failure is still being investigated, it was most likely just too light. Similarly I also broke the first mast on my original Trailertri 680 many years ago, in one of the first races, it's mast also being lighter than was wise. However, I have always preferred a light mast on a trailerable, as one has to lift them around, and unless one pushes the envelope in such things one never finds out what the lower limit is, or where any weak area may be. The F-27 prototype also had a very light slender mast, even a tapered masthead, but while it seemed to stand up fine for me, I was not game to put it on the production version, as it was bendy and took some looking after.
This first F-22 mast had in fact stood up for 8 months, and the extra lightness is certainly nice to have, so the mast on our next factory boat will be similar again, just so we can continue to explore the lower limit and find any weak areas. It may even be #1 mast again, as it is repairable, and we can then try and break it all over again - just part of normal testing.
Fortunately, there are also the good days, with an F-32SRC doing very well in the recent JP Morgan Asset Management 'Round the Island' Race, as did an F-32RX and F-27s, and details are now at
Meanwhile, Back at the Factory:
Our next factory test boat on the left, with hull #4 (UK bound) on the right being fitted out
Hull #6 (for USA) being laid up, with Kevlar reinforcement in keel visible
Hull #6 resin infused
Deck #5 (for Switzerland) ready to be demolded
Our first centerboard case for #6, and almost ready to be fitted. Should be the best centerboard case yet.
Latest factory view (taken July 19)
Deck no. 5 now out of mold and looking perfect
Mold being prepared for Deck No. 6 which will be made next week
June 14th, 2014
Latest Factory Progress
With the first F-22 delivered now sailing, and winning races in Australia (June 8 Update below), it is time to refocus on production:
Our next factory boat is in the final stages of assembly, center right, with hull No. 4 waiting for its deck
Drilling jig/splash now made, and No. 4 deck ready to fit, with glue being applied to hull join flanges
Just about there - lowering deck onto hull
On and clamped.
Meanwhile Hull No. 5 is being removed from the mold
And all ready to go
June 8th. 2014
F-22 Now Sailing In Australia
(And Wins Its First Race)
Peter Hackett's F-22 BOOM! now sailing in Moreton Bay, Brisbane.
Still some tuning to go, but starting to get it right
and good enough to enter it's first race on Sunday June 1st. Peter writes:
Great day overall on the water although 3-5 knots is not a full spectrum. Port tack favoured start and we got a blinder.
In our fleet, Boss Racing, a stripped out 11.4 meter cat, Turning Point, the Grainger hulls only rocket, and Frequent Flyer,
A happy Peter at the finish line - you can just see the rest of the fleet in the distance.
However, light winds can be a lottery, plus the F-22 is only a small roomy cruiser, and never designed to be a line honors
May 24th, 2014
First F-22 Arrives In Australia!
Peter Hackett's newly arrived F-22 on its trailer at Cabbage Tree Creek, Brisbane
Happy owner checking how light mast is soon after arrival
and first time sailing on Moreton Bay, the original home of Trailertris.
Meanwhile Ron Godwin's F-22 is due to arrive in Brisbane tomorrow
May 10th, 2014
Our Second Boat Shipped!
Second out the gate is Ron and Ken Godwin's F-22R Stage 2 kit, also heading for a warmer
Shipping cradle is on castors, which makes it easy to roll in
It is tight. but it will fit....
Mast ready to be packed
All done. This is a stage 2 kit, and will be fitted out by owner.
Container sealed and being loaded on truck
Heading out the gate to Brisbane.
May 1st, 2014
Our First Boat Shipped!
First one out the gate is Peter Hackett's F-22R, as shown in the photos below, heading for warmer tropical
First we tried the fit while on the full trailer, plus it is easier to roll the boat in
No problem there - at least 10mm to spare each side
Current Australian import permit requirements, meant this first boat could only go on a shipping cradle, which is
Floats and beams now packed
The mast now also added. Hard to believe there is room for two boats in here, but it is possible. However,
Door now closed. We are going to miss #1, but the weather is getting very cold for sailing in New Zealand,
About to be loaded onto truck
and on its way to Australia.
Meanwhile, the container for Boat number 3 has been delivered, and is now being packed for
At least the weather is a bit better
The basic shipping cradle
With No 3 (Stage 2 Kit boat) now in place, and ready for loading
Aft interior view (Stage 2)
Forward interior view.
April 18, 2014
The best options for shipping F-22s are now being explored and developed, as our first boats will soon
The above shows one of several configurations being looked at for two boats in a standard 40' container, and
Two boats at a time can halve shipping cost, but more careful packing and unpacking is required, along with extra
One boat at a time will cost more to ship, but boat can be quickly packed, and then easily removed from the container
The first container arriving at our factory, and about to be unloaded. These side lifting trucks
Two Boat Arrival Procedure will be to pull the front boat and floats out, using an SUV or similar, the
One Boat Arrival Procedure is simpler and quicker, the two float and beam assemblies first being carried
Note that the above times are based on how long it takes us, but a first time owner/assembler will probably
The trailer may also have to be locally made until our trailer can be approved in other countries, as every
Almost on the ground. The same type of truck will come to pick up the container once loaded.
The simplest and possibly easiest trailer option at this time for other countries would be to purchase a locally
It is early days for all these shipping aspects, and there is still quite a bit of work to be done. Farrier Marine is
Meanwhile, back in the factory, we have also been working on the first head area in boat #3:
Providing a workable head area (with some privacy) in a boat of this size is always difficult, but the
Forward section of starboard settee can then lift up as shown, to form an aft wall for the head area.
Forward bunk section now lifted clear, allowing access to the head. A curtain is to be fitted under the
One of the last jobs to be done before serious production can begin is to have the Builder's Plate
March 25, 2014
PRODUCTION GETTING UNDERWAYSome more factory/construction photos - things are slowly starting to happen:
Hull #4 lifted out of mold, and being lowered onto a trailer - once complete this will be heading for England
Deck #5 now made - this will be heading to Switzerland
Hull #5 just gelcoated, and it will be fully laminated this week.
March 9, 2014
Our first delivery almost there - No. 3 boat having daggerboard fit checked. Will soon be in a
Deck No. 4 is now also made - went like clockwork.
More photos were needed to finalize the F-22 Specification and Price Lists (coming soon), and the boat was rigged and launched yesterday for this purpose. Some good photos were obtained of the 'on the water' rigging process and retrieving onto trailer as follows:
Just after arrival, untied and ready to launch
Unfolded and at the dock, just a few minutes later.
Rolling the mast back - spreaders just roll straight over the aft mast support rollers
Attaching mast to carbon step - it just slots on
Fitting mast raising pole
.....and ready to raise
Starting to lift, and there is always some effort required at this stage for mast to initially lift off the aft
Half way up - getting easy now
...and almost there. Mast ball socket automatically aligns with step ball.
The onboard mast raising block.
Want to see how fast the mast can come down?
Mast lowered, and boat folded again ready for trailer
Just about on - the well carpeted fiberglass bed makes it just about impossible to damage the boat
and winching the last bit.
All done, just a wash down, and ready for the road. I'm starting to like this 'rigging on the water'.
February 12th, 2014
Final Setup Sail
February 11th was our first truly glitch free sail, with only a few minor improvements left to do, while we
Handling at the ramp with mast up in strong winds was also now the only remaining thing that would not
The raising block can be seen, attached to the bow web on each side using a Dyneema line with spliced
A bit of action sailing from our previous sail (where we found quite a few little glitches - now all
Looking up the mast
At the ramp, folded with mast down, and ready for the trailer. The F-22R is very easy to handle like this.
In other news, now that the boat is finalized, a completely new web based Features and Options list has
January 25th, 2014
Interior DetailsWe have now started to form the basic interior on Hull #1, with the first side settees being made and
fitted last week, and while still very bare and basic, the following photos will give a good idea of the
final format and room available
The first side settees trial fitted in position, with the removable cabin step slotting in between.
The first step in is no longer a big one.
A wider view, the forward berth being huge, and it will be even wider when the 75 - 100mm (3 - 4") cushion is
in place. One thing immediately becoming apparent was that the side settees could be held in place by velcro,
making them easily removable for maintenance, or to just lighten the boat for racing. In fact many combinations
can now be possible, with a modular and changeable interior being a practical possibility. The interior can thus
be customized to the owner's preference for maximum flexibility.
Just one side settee could be used for instance, with the other removed and a long dining table and galley
Looking aft, with large foot wells visible for the long 6' 10"(2.1m) settee side/quarter berths. The
extra height with 75 - 100mm (3 - 4") high cushions will make them more than wide enough.
Having a separate toilet in a boat of this size is very difficult, and, when overnighting, many just use a
portable toilet in the cockpit, or shore facilities (made easy by the boat being easily beachable). The best
solution otherwise is for the optional portable toilet to go under the aft end of the forward berth, and this
is now in the process of being fitted. Once done, a section of the settee and forward bunk will lift up and
back to form an aft wall/partition. A curtain can then close off the gap between this wall and daggerboard
case forming a separate and private area for when day sailing. The toilet can then be moved outside for
overnighting. More photos soon.
Enough is enough! More earthquake repairs, with our front yard being dug up for resurfacing. It
January 18th, 2014
The Next Two Boats Assembled
Factory view as of today. Boats #2 and #3 are now full assembled with floats, while the trailer for #2
The new trailer bed is gray, as I initially did not like the first white trailer bed, but now I think I prefer the
This is the top of the line trailer version, with stainless steel override disk brakes, polished alloy wheels,
January 11th, 2014
Shipshape Once More
Progress continues, and we are finally getting factory back into shipshape condition now that the earthquake repair workers have gone. All staff members will also be back from their annual summer holidays next week, which will finally get us back up to full speed. Hulls #2 and #3 are getting closer to shipping, and #2's trailer (with optional stainless disk brakes) is nearing completion in the foreground, photo being taken this weekend.
Everything still feels like a snail's pace however, even to me, but to get a high production level one has to be patient, develop every aspect properly, in minute detail, and then fully document so as to ensure it is easily buildable and repeatable. We are not just copying an old design or using old technology, but developing something truly new in every aspect - just like the original F-27 in fact.
Thus I have been in this situation before, with the building of #2 and #3 F-27s being even slower, and even more frustrating as I recall, as it looked like we would never get them done. But only a few years later we were producing 2 per week like clockwork, with eventually 450 F-27s out there, followed by hundreds of F-28s and F-31s. Helps make it less painful this time, as I know it will get better.
I'm also currently doing a major revision of the Specification and Price Lists, with much more detail and photos being included of all the standard features and options, as we have now reached a position where the final format of the boat can be set, along with what will be available to enhance it. These will be finished later this month and will then be emailed out to all depositors, and everyone on the interested list. The next orders in line can then be finalized and the boats put into the manufacturing process.
January 1st, 2014
All I Wanted For Christmas....
was an F-22 in the front yard, and there it was, with room to spare!
Meanwhile, at the factory, things have been fairly slow and still a little frustrating, with the last few
It is a combination sliding and lifting hatch, the above photo showing it slid forward with aft end lifted
Aft end can next be lifted up to full height, to fully open up cabin area (still bare and unfinished).
The side view - note our fresh newly painted walls compared to the old dirty ones further below!
Forward end is now lifted up to give standing headroom (1.88m or 6' 2") at the aft end of cabin. This
Side view fully up. This is easily the most solid and easy to operate pop-top ever to be on an
This has been designed specifically to match the mast, raising pole, and carbon fibre step. It is an
No 2 trailer now being assembled. Frame has been further improved and this one will also have
Meanwhile, while out on the water we have now found that it is possible to roller furl the boomless
The main holdup for deliveries continues to be the mast, but #2 mast is getting close to being finished,
November 24th, 2013
FACTORY BITS AND PIECES
The prototype F-22 is now sailing (as per photos below). But it's not all sailing, as there's still much work to be done at the factory behind the scenes to ensure the first boats delivered are as good as they can be:
Boats #2 and #3 now just about complete with windows on, and only final detailing to go.
The main hold up now is the masts, which are still in progress (bottom left) with quite a number of
Some of the repaired cracks in the concrete walls, patched on the left, and being filled with epoxy on the
But work also carries on - one centerboard side mold plug shown above, with molds now being made.
We have also been developing and refining the reefing system for the boomless main:
First reef shown above.
Second reef now in place. System being setup is a sort of simplified slab reefing system, but not as smooth
The next step (if possible) will be to roller furl the lower portion of the sail once it is reefed, and that is
The big advantage of roller furling is that mainsail is always kept tidy and under full control. There are no
The old way:
Mainsail on the prototype 19' Tramp was just dropped down onto the boom, but it could also go all
November 9th, 2013
Another Sail With More Photos
Setting up, with a number of new developments in place, including a quicker to setup mast raising
Launched again - the fiberglass and aluminum trailer is proving to be a dream to work off.
Unfolded and ready to go, boomless main neatly roller furled. This is getting better and better,
Boomless main traveler system is simple and working well
The first sailing photos away from the boat - taken by Matt Vance on his phone while out sailing
We should have hung around a bit closer.
The new pulpit (no bolts) - is set wide and open at front to allow furled screacher to drop inside to where
The boomless main downwind, and working well. A common concern with boomless mains is that
Factory staff doubling as crew, Arthur Inns at left, Craig Johnstone at right (who always seems to have his
Slow as molasses unfortunately, with so many little details still to finalize, or parts to source, and home builders will know what I mean. There are also a couple of interior molds (seats) still to make, pop-top/main hatch to be finalized, but almost there and the list of jobs remaining to do is getting smaller and smaller. The next two boats are now fully joined up, and having windows put on.
However, both masts are still to be made (one about 50% done) so a little longer yet. The prototype mast was built to a minimal structural standard, so a failure will not be a surprise (all part of testing). However, it got a good workout in the most recent sail, with reasonable wind and a good chop, and it stayed up fine. However, there are still some areas that needed refinement and these have now been redesigned and incorporated in the two new masts.
What Happens Next?
The final boat format and setup are now almost finalized, and this means that a much more comprehensive Price List can be made up, showing exactly what comes in each stage, plus all the optional 'add ons' can start to be listed in detail and priced. When the initial Price and Specification lists were made up there were still many unknowns, and thus they were a little vague and incomplete in several areas. However, we can now start to firm things up, and a more detailed and up to date Price List should be on its way to all buyers soon.
October 6th, 2013
The Next Two Boats
are now nearing completion, Ron Godwin's #3 in the middle, Peter Hackett's #2 at front.
Still quite a few little details to finalize, including bow pole (initial configuration can be seen on #1), the
It would be easy to just cut and run right now, and use any old method to get boats out the door, but another
Meanwhile, #1 SILVER FOX has been neglected a little, as the focus has been on getting production under
September 14th, 2013
OUR SECOND SAIL:
Ready to launch, main already on and ready to go from its furled state.
Now launched and at the ramp
Stern view - note how high it is floating
Unfolded - takes about a minute.
Cockpit view with boomless traveler angled forward just the right amount. The tiller is an alloy tube with
View forward from cockpit - the removal of the permanent coamings have really opened this up, making
Designer at helm - the first hour was a glassy calm, but boat still kept moving, doing up to 2 knots
Starting to get a little wind, and mast step area looking forward is shown. Note how all lines come from
Lyttelton Heads in sight and we just made it there before having to turn back. No sailing shots
Just a phone video, but better than nothing at all. Winds were no more than 5 or 6 knots at best, but
Main being roller furled. It is then just a matter of pulling a pin on the front handle to release the neatly
The finished trailer with the just fitted composite winch post waiting for the boat to return. Very user
Approaching the trailer
Almost on - it will be hard to sustain damage here, as is common, the trailer being so boat and user friendly.
Just a few minor improvements or refinements now left to do, but our priority has now become to get the
September 7th, 2013
THE FIRST LAUNCHING!
With the weather now more suitable, it was time for the second try at launching, mast being raised. Probably
The F-22R SILVER FOX is finally in the water, and floating very high. The well padded fiberglass
Now at the dock. After over 12 years of thinking about it, 6 years in development, the all new
View from the other side - note the neatly roller furled boomless main ready to go. No bow pole as yet
Now sailing, where it handled beautifully, with everything working as expected. The bay ahead is Purau
Main hull bow out of the water as is a common characteristic with all F-boats. Not much wind but
The very clean wake. Helm was very light, and response was excellent.
Mainsail and the rotating carbon wingmast worked very well.
The molded wingnet rail creates an excellent and secure seating area along the float, with ample hand
The view aft with Farrier Marine staff John McCormack, Arthur Inns, and Craig Johnston enjoying
Mainsail foot shape was not good due to a broken batten (details below), so foot could not be tensioned
Back at the dock and folded up ready for the trailer. Folded perfectly as usual, but unlike earlier designs
Coming back onto the trailer, with synthetic bow loop about to be connected (no stainless fittings in the
De-rigging complete and the final wash down. Not many photos yet, and none from 'off the boat' while
Overall a great first sail, and very encouraging. Only a couple of minor problems to rectify, one being the
September 3rd, 2012
ALMOST, BUT NOT QUITE
F-22 #1 is now ready to sail, so we headed for the harbour:
All ready to go, having just received the final wash down
At the ramp and getting ready to raise the mast
Mast up, ready to launch, this first time taking only 20 minutes, and it will be quicker again next time.
Otherwise everything worked great, the boat trailered easily, while mast went up and down like clockwork.All Earlier History And Development Photos Before September, 2013