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by Ian Farrier

One of the biggest problems over many years has been the few builders (both professional and amateur) who do not follow the plans. Farrier designs are very well developed and tested, and leaving out a particular reinforcement, or placing it incorrectly, or deciding something is not really needed can cause many problems.

Having been involved with production boats for many years, where a rate of two boats a week is not unusual (six in the case of the original 19' Tramp), it soon becomes obvious that every boat has to be built methodically, and with consistent well defined procedures, so that it is right when it comes off the line. Otherwise one can quickly generate a mountain of problems.

I have therefore always spent a huge amount of time on each set of plans, constantly checking, and making sure every aspect and scenario is covered. This is why I currently only have 5 basic designs available, which are all very well developed designs having been constantly improved and refined. Follow the plans, and the checklist style instructions, and one cannot help but build a near perfect and trouble free boat

Beware also of those with little experience or qualifications who may want to redesign your boat, as more problems have arisen from this than any other. Should you let Joe Whatshisname redesign your boat, then please call it a 'Whatshisname XX'. If things don't work out quite as planned, then be sure to call Joe to fix it. Such re-designers should do their own designs, under their own name, rather than put someone else's reputation at risk. If something goes wrong they can just walk away, leaving the unfortunate designer (the one with his name on the boat) to take the heat.

This F-41 experienced daggerboard case cracks at the lower edges, and it
was found that the builder had not followed the plans in this area, It is shown
being repaired, the problem being obvious to all passing, and it was my name
on the boat, not the builders.

In fact any builder changing things or not following plans without first checking with either owner or designer is 'experimenting on owners' at its worst. The owner has paid for and expects to get a certain boat, based on the designers reputation. In the case of a completely new and untried design, the owner is aware that some new and experimental features will probably be incorporated, otherwise there would never be any progress. But the owner can at least look at the designers track record with new innovations, and make a judgment if it is worth a punt.

But if any builder then secretly alters or omits things then everything changes, the owner is paying for something different from what he thinks he is getting, while the designer's reputation is being put at risk. Design changes can of course be made, but the correct way is to consult with the original designer first. Many good ideas and improvements have come this way, but there are also many that have been ruled out, and possible problems prevented.

Cartoon above is by Trevor Waterman, a tooling/fairing guru, and responsible for most
of the original F-27 tooling and is reprinted
from Trailertri Newsletter No. 48, March, 1992