How to organise your own Redfin 22 Mk2 kit
During my Mum’s gradual decline due to age I used the time when I wore the carer’s hat to design and build the prototype Redfin 22. This boat, called Jess after Mum, was launched in April 2000.
Thirty five boats later I felt that we had all learnt how well the boat performed, and what alterations could be made to improve her and also make her easier and faster to build.
The time spent building a Redfin 22 at the Boatcraft factory during our building nights also pointed out areas that could be changed to assist the builder.
My friend, Naval Architect Keith Callaghan then agreed to redraw my kit boat plans to an improved version so they could be marketed as a full and attractive plan set for those who wanted to build from the plans only.
I will explain here that I am a plan offsets kind of guy and usually draw for myself, so the boat was marketed as a kit only to make her easier to build, and complete plans were not issued at that time.
There is always a customer mindset that the full kit has advantages and disadvantages … really great, that all components are cut out exactly to shape, making the boat much easier to build (usually great fun too).
The disadvantage is that all things must be paid for, so the cost of a precision cut kit is sometimes a deterrent.
Also, my clients in NZ, Hobart, and Perth found the cost of freight, when added to the kit price, was just that bit too much to pay.
Later in this article I will show you how to reduce the kit cost up front, and not pay much freight at all if you get organised, so you then have no alibi; you can now have your very own Redfin 22 MK 2 and build from a CNC Router Cut kit that you personally did not cut out … and, with my licence, just a few emails, and my help, you can do this!
Our plan set when delivered will include the DXF files and a one off licence for you to give to your router guy. One boat only can be cut from this licence so everyone is happy.
So, the plan set costs $475, which includes nine full size pattern sheets (A0 size) of every part of the boat, an 80 page colour construction manual, and 24 large page plan set (v002h) pages all bound in book form, and of course the relevant DXF files, together with my personal licence sheet for the router firm.
Although not to scale here the accuracy of the full drawings ia amazing!
With this complete plan set issue you have the choice to cut the parts as you need them, or buy the ply in advance and get the whole kit router cut ahead of the build.
Please take note here that we could have charged quite a bit extra for the extra DXF files but we want you to build, not worry! Either way you win, and another Redfin 22 MK 2 enhances the waterways.
As you are paying for the cost of the plans and cutting costs I feel it is only reasonable to let you purchase the remaining components at my special owner’s price.
Sails and rigging very flexible and tried and proven in all winds.
All you have to do is send me your receipt from a BoatCraftAgency in your area and I will cashback $100 to you, all being equal.
This applies to the timbers, epoxy, fibreglass sheet, double bias tape, filler and glue powders, paint, etc.
I am sure the above offers will assist us all in getting to the water in what we have proved to be one of the best trailer yachts of this size in the world.
The 3-D images shown with the plans do not show plainly the hull form in the water, or the seaworthiness of my design:- Martyn Kortlucke, (editor of The Log from the Queensland Wooden Boat Association) bought Jess from me in 2004 and waited till there was a strong wind warning in Brisbane before he tried her out on his own for an afternoon sail from Colmsely on the mighty Brisbane River to Bribie Island (about one hour’s drive north of Brisbane.)
Sailing across Deception Bay in a very strong wind and very large waves (really shallow) he thought it best to furl the jib sail for safety and then saw that the furling line was tangled and stuck ... so he went for a walk right to the bow and untangled the retrieving line, came back to the tiller and as he told us all at one of our building nights Jess was always on course under reefed main and no jib, must have been Barrie’s full length skeg right up to the bow that kept my little yacht on course in such heavy winds. I guess I was away from the tiller for at least five minutes.”
Martyn also loves the pump-in water ballast ... as he says, it costs nothing, you don’t have to tow it over the bitumen, it never complains, and you don’t have to buy it lunch! Trust me, the extra 380kg ballast in the exact right place works on all headings.
I have enclosed a few photos and drawings to show that Keith and I mean business here.
Measurement accuracy is to the fore in these plans and all dimensions are about perfect for this yacht design. I would like to write more on the comfort and seaworthiness of my little yacht but we are running out of space.
Just to say that the size is right, she is logically very easy to tow, rig, and launch, so I am happy and proud. My few good friends are blown away with the quality of these plans, and believe me they know how to read boat plans. They are also intrigued that the rigged boat weighs in at just under 500kg.
Please study the drawings shown and email or call me if some aspect of the design needs explaining.
0478 280 619