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F-22 Construction and Sailing Photos

Updated January 1st, 2010

Over 150 F-22s are being built by private and professional builders in over twenty countries around the world, and the below photos are examples of what current builders have been able to achieve. Latest photos are at the top.

More F-22 building projects can also be seen on the Latest News Page

The First Launching Photos:

Germany

The first F-22 launched! Oliver Doms F-22 in Germany

Oliver has also sent some video clips which have been assembled into a short video:

F-22 Video (6Mb)

F-22 Video HR
(17Mb higher resolution version)

Maine (USA)

Sam Ballard's F-22 on the trailer in Maine

Was built by Jim Shula of Salt Water Workshop

Construction and Other Photos:

Australia

Lloyd Crisp's F-22 under construction in Australia. Lloyd writes:
"The folding system is a joy to use with the floats folding and unfolding
beautifully. All my worry about possible misalignment was misplaced."

Germany

Oliver Doms F-22 #4 interior, looking forward - Oliver has built the centerboard version.

Galley area on starboard side. Footwell on port side allows settee to be used as an extra
berth (with seatback removed)

Aft interior view - port side

Beam to float connection and wingnet support rail ( which keeps wingnets level
and very suitable for sleeping on)

Cockpit area with aft cabin entry

Cockpit area with pop-top partially raised

Stern area with carbon rudder gudgeons and outboard bracket

Builder Oliver Doms

Australia

Lloyd and Jabin Crisp's F-22, started in October, 2007, and rapidly nearing completion on the
Gold Coast, Australia. This is the most advanced cuddy cabin version

Germany

Oliver Doms F-22 - one side folded, with other float about to be fitted

Starting to be joined up

The finished main hull as custom built by Bukvaj s.r.o in the
Czech Republic (Oliver built his own floats)

On the trailer and ready for the trip back to Germany where Oliver will be fitting out interior.
This is the aft cabin version and carbon fiber molded gudgeons are visible on transom

Australia

David Mason, the first owner of the very first F-31, is now building an F-22 for himself on Queensland's Sunshine Coast

...not a bad spot for building a boat!

Australia

Andrew Cuthbert is making good progress with his F-22 in Shepparton (Victoria).

Floats made and ready for the deck, foam bows being shaped.

Main hull being foam planked in the garage

One side almost complete

and now laminated

Czech Republic

Radim Zizka of BUKVAJ, s.r.o. is building F-82s to order and also built the center hull for Oliver Dom's F-22 in Prague:

Interior view of the centerboard version, centerboard case being offset to port. These offset cases
have always worked well (used on all the early Trailertris) and give a very spacious and open
feel to cabin. Interior is still raw unfinished fiberglass at this stage, but it is looking very roomy.

Spain (Ibiza)

Roger is progressing well with his F-22, and writes:

I advance well with my F-22 project, and today was a special day. I put float halves number 2 and 3 together. It is astonishing how fast and relatively simply it is to transform a flat box with foam pieces to a three-dimensional float. Hereby I would like to thank you for the super made plans.

Thanks and greetings from Ibiza
Roger (in Spain)

The building area and one that many would be very happy with!

Form frames with stringers

Placing the foam - only use heat if necessary, and most foams should not need any
heat to bend this small amount. Some sort of heat box is also best so as to heat foam
uniformly. Gives a smoother finish.

Canada (Ontario)

Jim and Doug MacKenzie are going well with their F-22 in London, Ontario. Doug originally built a Trailertri 720 many years ago, and son Jim is now building the F-22. Jim writes:

F-22 #29 now has decks on both floats & ready for fairing & outer laminate. We are using standard wet lay-up & hulls weigh roughly 85lbs so far. Design, construction methods & materials have made progress much easier & quicker than TT 720 #74. Your endless dedication to designing great boats is truly appreciated.

Due to you posting my picture & writeup earlier this summer of Tri-oomph on your web site, I have had several inquiries with regards to her being for sale. One chap from England requested more pictures & specifications!   He was prepared to fly "over the pond" as he said, to see her & make a deal!  WOW!  Too soon for that & can't go a summer without a tri.

The word is being spread that the Mackenzies are building another tri and we get visitors in our shop almost daily. An F-22 builder, Bill Scott, lives 100KM away, loves to talk F-22. He & his friends have been here to see our progress.  We have travelled together to Noah's Marine in Toronto & are sharing some larger quantity discounts. We have also corresponded with F-22 Builder Grant Kinsman in Toronto.

Cheers,
Jim MacKenzie

Main hull frames setup, and foam planking started

USA (Missouri)

Robert Prest is building his F-22 in St. Charles, Missouri, and writes:

I've just joined the second pair of float halves and I'm very pleased with the results so far. I was concerned with how well the halves would mate up but there were almost no adjustments necessary. Inside taping not being one of my favorite jobs but it's complete. Now I'm laying out the deck.

Thanks, Ian, for all your work and attention to so many projects. I feel guilty for interrupting you because I know how hard you're working and I appreciate that you always find time to answer questions from novice builders.

Bob Prest

Form frames and stringers

Foam in place

Now the bulkheads

Float hull and decks ready to glue on

Carbon chainplate in place

Main Hull ready for foaming

Canada (Ontario)

Grant Kinsman is another builder making good progress in Ontario (Scarborough) and writes:

Hello Ian,

I have been making slow and steady progress on the build lately. After a late summer start I'm at the point where the first float half is almost ready to come off.

I've started a simple blogspot site to help share my progress with my friends locally. You can view it at www.f22build.blogspot.com

Best regards,
Grant Kinsman

USA (Texas)

Ed Walker is building his F-22 in Austin, Texas, and writes:

Just wanted to let you know that #24 is progressing here in Texas. We de-molded the first float half last weekend and despite a few areas that could have been better (call it a beginners learning-curve that was easily rectified <g>) - everything turned out much better then I was expecting. Your plans have so far been a absolute joy to build from, and I can only believe the remainder of the plans will be as easy to follow.

- Ed

PS -- pictures and web-log entries can be viewed at http://www.digitalvagabond.net/f-22

USA (Washington State)

Jay Simmons is building his F-22 in Bothel, just north of my old neighborhood in Seattle, and writes:

My project is (finally) picking up speed.   I have my building shelter standing, just finished the strongback, and tomorrow I will be placing my float form frames. I have been taking lots of pictures, but they're not very interesting yet since there is no actual boat stuff in them.  That will change very soon though. :)

Thanks,
Jay

Float decks being made - Jay has a blog at: http://seattle-f22.blogspot.com/

Norway

Tor Rabe is building his F-22 in Levanger, Norway and made up a PDF of building his first float.

Download Tor's PDF On Building Float

The first float now ready for joining

Tor is using vacuum bagging along with the resin infusion process but note that I do not recommend infusion for hulls unless you really want cleanliness, or would just like to try the process. Vacuum bagging hulls alone is also nice, and will give a superior product, but it is also not necessary and will increase building time. Vacuum bagging is only recommended for flat panels like bulkheads, where it is very easy to do, but again, not necessary.

Tor writes:

Although the constant temperatures of around -20 deg Celcius have cost me quite a lot of diesel on the 40kW heater to keep going I have made steady progress since Christmas. I'm joining port float today, the inner half was infused with bow stringer and the pad for the chain plate in place. Superb result. And amazing fit from your plans and patterns, I would not have to adjust more than maximum +/- 2 mm on the bulkheads for a perfect fit.

Thank you,
Tor

Complete float half being vacuum bagged and resin infused

The finished float half with vacuum bag removed

Chainplate area detail, everything is made in one shot

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The Farrier F-22 is taking a long time to develop, but there is also another
F-22 that has taken a lot longer (started in 1986) and has cost quite a bit more.
However, both represent the very best of their field, and by a large margin :-)

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Building Methods: There are now quite a few builder's websites available on the internet, and some very advanced methods (infusion, vacuum bagging etc.) and materials are being used. However, it should be noted that such methods or materials are not necessary, nor are they specified. Plain old hand laminated fiberglass still works fine, and that is how I would build my own 'one off' hulls. Infusion and vacuum bagging can greatly improve the final result, but frequently one is only talking about a few kilos saved for what can be considerable extra work. Flat panel bulkheads are the only thing that I would vacuum bag, but, again, this is not necessary. However, once vacuum bagging is tried and experienced, it can be hard not to want to vacuum bag everything, as it does work so well.

The option is there for some very advanced and sophisticated work, if wished, but always be aware that the extra expense and time necessary is probably not worth it for most.

The hulls should be quick and easy to build - don't make it more complicated than its needs to be. Hulls are actually only a small part of construction, with most time going into internal finishing, assembly and fitting out. Spend too much time on the hulls and the boat may never get finished.

November 7th, 2006 and earlier photos

New Zealand (Christchurch)

Rob Densem is building his F-22 just around the corner from me, which makes it very convenient to check out progress or help when the need arises.

Port float halves ncomplete with bulkheads in place

and form frames reversed ready to build starboard float halves.

First float now joined

Australia (Melbourne)

Dr. Gary Campain's Strongback and Form Frames being set up Victoria, Australia

Battens for foam now in place

Germany

The first building photos:

Oliver Doms F-22 in Germany, with foam planking in progress. The F-22 uses very simple float
shapes, along with a new and simple method of fitting deck, which means very little foam
bending is required. Foam core is the lightest way of building, and produces the stiffest hulls.
Also note how fair the strips are looking.

Inner skin now laminated with the important bow stringer in place

Stern view and starting to fit the bulkheads

More F-22 projects can now also be seen on the Latest News Page

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