The Radford 17.5 metre cruising yacht was designed for a Sydney client who wanted a safe, strong cruising yacht with a centre cockpit, pilot house layout.
The yacht has been built to American Bureau of Shipping A1 Yacht Class and Uniform Shipping Laws Code - Class 1B & 1D and has a steel hull and an FRP/foam sandwich deck. The yacht has a steel collision bulkhead and four other watertight bulkheads which are of FRP/foam sandwich construction. The hull plating is a combination of 4 & 5mm with floors and frames at spacing from 460 - 750mm depending on the slamming loads. The four integral water tanks, two fuel tanks & sump tank add further to the strength of the hull. The yacht has a shallow keel with a relatively low centre of gravity and a very strong rudder / skeg arrangement. The deck uses a combination of Airex and Divinycell foam cores and 576g double bias E-Glass and is bonded and bolted to a steel flange on the hull.
The general layout revolves around the pilot house and centre cockpit. Starting aft, the yacht has a boarding platform, and a large lazarette. The hydraulic steering system is accessible in the lazarette. The lazarette is divided from the accommodation by a watertight bulkhead. The owner's cabin has an abundance of lockers and stowage space, the double berth forward on the centreline, and its own head and separate shower to port. The head is a vacuflush system which discharges to a sullage tank and later to shore based facilities. Forward of the shower is the work room with access to the 5KVA generator.
The access forward from the owner's cabin is via a passage which incorporates another head and basin, plus a clothes washer and dryer. The pilot house has a large dinette with good visibility while seated and features an inside steering station, chart table, instruments and electrical control panels. The engine compartment is under the cabin sole. The yacht is powered by two 85HP turbo diesels driving two - 3 blade feathering propellers.
The large galley has a fridge and freezer, electric stove and double sink with a dinette for four opposite. The dinette area converts into upper and lower berths. Two opening ports in the hull, one in the galley and another above the dinette, give extra light and ventilation.
There are two forward cabins with upper and lower berths. The lower berth in the port cabin expands to a double berth. The centreline partition between the two forward cabins can beremoved to form a large forward cabin. Both cabins have access to the forward head. Forward of this head is a sail locker come crew cabin. Further forward is a stepped collision bulkhead and an anchor locker with electric anchor winch.
The double spreader rig has three reefing headsails - # 1, # 2 and staysail. The mainsail has six full length battens and lazy jacks for easier reefing and dropping. Power winches are used for genoa sheets and main halyard. The fixed screen forward of the cockpit forms part of the cockpit dodger. The dodger can be extended to cover all of the cockpit when required.