Latest Production News From Clark (Philippines)
By Ian Farrier
Updated April 8, 2016
I have just returned from a week in the Clark Freeport Zone factories, where we are starting to see more
One of the F-22 float plug halves being prepared for making production molds.
Tooling gelcoat now going on. This is being applied by a new addition at Multihulls Direct, Kiwi boat
Meanwhile the F-45 and F-45R currently under construction are proceeding well, and will soon be
Kim Alfred's carbon F-45RC "Cheekee Monkee" with exterior being laminated. This will
The wide and safe side decks of the all glass F-45.
The F-45RC profile
Side view where the size is very apparent
...and it is just as big on the other side!
Meanwhile, in the second factory next door, the 2017 model F-33 is being developed as a fully molded
Deck core now in place and this mold should be finished this week. The hull mold will then follow.
The F-33 beam molds are also now in Clark, and Farrier Marine team member John McCormack was
This photo shows the beam bottom being infused - a first for Clark
Beam top now infused. It will not be long before we are also infusing decks and hulls for both
the 2016 F-22 and then the 2017 F-33.
Meanwhile, back at the New Zealand factory:
F-22 hull #10 as taken out of the mold in March
Production F-22 Developments
All going well, the Clark built F-22 should be available this year, and this may be called the F-22S.
The last major item, the F-22 main hull master plug is now made, and this will be shipped to Clark
later this month. This was the largest single resin infusion that we have done with 92kg (202lb) of
resin being infused in one shot. Making this plug has held up NZ production for a little while, but
it was necessary to do in order to increase the production rate overall.
Master plugs are used to make additional molds, and are essential for establishing any high volume
Thus it is still early days, much work remains to be done, with a lot to be worked out, but it looks like