Still a log jam of boats, with two boats ready for shipping, but on hold until the weather warms up in Northern Hemispere. Factory F-22R (in foreground) is now also sold and will be heading to Auckland next month, after we have refitted it with an F-22 rig.
Meanwhile we have just taken delivery of a new (expensive) gelcoat system which will further speed up production. Up until now we had been using a pressure pot gelcoat system, but while accurate, this is very slow. This is the first of many major improvements that are scheduled for 2017, in order to substantially increase F-22 production
We are also now installing the first optional Frontrunner’ fabric interior liner which gives a very tough and practical interior, but with a very warm and luxurious feel.
The major change for 2017 is my appointment of Rob Densem as Farrier Marine’s General Manager. Rob is very experienced with a background in marketing and corporate financing, plus he built his own F-22 back in 2013: F-22 NZ Launching Rob thus knows the F-22 inside and out, so he can answer all the questions, and fits in perfectly to help rapidly expand Farrier Marine as is now required. The F-22’s development phase is just about finished, so Rob’s presence will also free me up to start looking at new designs.