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The New F-22 Sport Tri - Availability

As of December 27th, 2012

The first production F-22 is now nearing assembly

The F-22 production boat has been in development for many years, but the end of the tunnel is getting near. As always frequently stated, there was never a set time for availability, and the F-22 was going to take a while to do properly, as was also the case with the 'Hall of Fame' F-27 (which took 7 years). It would have been easy enough to rush just another 'it will do' boat onto the market, but that has never been what the F-22 is about. It was always intended to be another market leader, with many new innovations, and setting deadlines can too often lead to short cuts and/or boats with problems.

F-22 Kits (boat in a box)

F-22 kits and sailaway boats can be ordered now, and all items currently available at this time are listed on the Online Store.

Production Boat

Actual availability of the finished full production boat continues to be difficult to estimate, but we are working as fast as we can (within budget), and the first kit hulls will become available in 2013, and the complete assembled production boat soon after.

The real thing - Jim Buckland's plan built F-22 RIM FIRE with cuddy and aft cabins

Costs

Cost of the full production F-22 or 'boat in a box' kit has been hard to answer, as one cannot really tell until after the first hulls and boats are built, plus it can vary significantly with standard of finish, quality of materials, degree and standard of fitout, and from country to country. However, the full Price list is now available on request.

The F-22 has been slow in coming, but a faster development would only have put prices up, with more capital and staff being needed, many of whom could not be used efficiently in early development stages. So although beams, rudders, hulls etc., could have been available much earlier, they would have also cost 25 to 30% more.

This was in fact the situation with the original F-27, which was developed relatively quickly once actual construction began, but the interest on the significant capital required for its quicker implementation required a significant premium of around $8,000 to $10,000 be added onto every boat sold. Fast development times can be expensive.

In this regard, efficient production of F-22 beams was reached some time ago, with the various reinforcements refined enough for profiles to be fully computerized and then cut in bulk. There are 67 pieces of reinforcement making up each beam (268/boat), so it is very important that these be cut efficiently. Hand cutting will not do it at current prices, and the computer controlled machine cutting now being used allows 30 sets to be cut simultaneously. This sort of efficiency is key to keeping the F-22 final pricing low, but it all does take time to develop and setup.

The original Tramp production line (at left) in Australia in 1981. This was, and still is, a great little
boat, but it was pushed through quickly, at great expense, and we soon had production up to 6 per
week. However, too many things were rushed and not developed properly, which made it harder to
build (more expensive than it should have been) and the very high development cost always weighed
it down. The Tramp also had conventional top to bottom joined floats, which can be seen, with the
flange covering vinyl gunwale 'rubbers' in place. Worked fine, but such extrusions can be troublesome
after a few years, and also add a lot of weight.

Everything was done better with the F-27, with more development time taken, which made it a
much better boat and more efficient to build. Note the flangeless floats on this earlier model.
However, a significant investment meant there was more pressure to get it done quickly,
which forced some compromises, while the investment required was very high.

The mistakes of the past have been avoided with the F-22, which has been developed very economically, and without the need for any outside investment to date. This may change once the boat is ready for serious mass production, but any such investment can then be kept to a minimum, and without too much influence on the design or standards. This will mean a more refined boat, and significantly better pricing once production models start rolling off the production line.

Overall, it should again be emphasized that there are definite times for availability at present. Good design and the setting up of a brand new efficient production operation, while also keeping it within a reasonable budget, just takes time.

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The production F-22 is still a boat under development, and to receive the latest
information and updates, as they become available, then join the F-boat forum,
where you will also get access to the initial assembly drawings for the F-22 kit,
plus download a free copy of the 2012 edition of the Farrier Sailing Manual.

Once the first F-22s are delivered, then this will also be the place for discussions
or advice on kit assembly, or sailing the 'sail away' version.

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