The Radford 13.4m is one of the range of Performance Cruising Yachts which includes the R11m and the R14.8m. The R13.4m is designed for long distance cruising with an easily driven hull of moderate beam and displacement, long waterline and veed sections which ensures very good sailing performance and directional stability.
The aim of the pilot house design was to produce a capable cruising yacht with two double cabins, large galley and a saloon where you can sit down and still see out the windows. An inside steering position is optional - located at the forward end of the starboard saloon settee. Considerable stowage space is available outboard of the settees under the side decks. The chart table is located at the aft end of the pilot house just inside the companionway. Aft of the chart table is a quarter berth , or more stowage lockers as required. The pilot house windows include deck hatches in either side of the pilot house for extra ventilation. There are opening ports in the fwd house plus an array of hatches in the house tops.
The pilot house extends over the forward end of the 2m long cockpit to give excellent weather protection for the companionway and the cockpit seats. It is possible to see over the pilot house when standing at the wheel or seated on the aft coaming - which incorporates the liferaft locker. For those seeking greater sun protection it is possible to have a part or fully covered cockpit and still sail. There is plenty of stowage space with the coaming & cockpit lockers, gas bottle locker in the side deck, and a large lazarette. The lazarette is accessed by two deck hatches and is divided from the accommodation by a watertight bulkhead. Transom steps lead to the boarding platform. The deck edge has a bulwark - 100 to 180mm high - instead of an aluminium toerail. At the bow, a collision bulkhead separates the anchor locker and self-draining chain locker from the forward cabin. The anchor winch is aft of the collision bulkhead to protect the electrics. The anchor can be left stowed on the bow rollers during shorter trips, or in the anchor locker.
The R13.4m is designed with a cedar strip hull and an FRP sandwich deck. The hull and deck laminates are a combination of triaxial, biaxial and double bias materials. There are two keel options. The shallow keel is fabricated from mild steel, lead ballasted and bolted to a heavily reinforced backbone. It incorporates a S.S. sump for pumping out the last of the bilge water. The second moderate draft keel has a Duplex 2205 S.S. spacer between the hull and the cast lead section of the keel. The rudder stock and strength section of the skeg is also fabricated from Duplex stainless steel.
The masthead cutter rig shown on the pilot house drawing has double swept back spreaders. It can be sailed as either sloop or cutter. The cutter rig is very versatile for cruising. It is ideal for gale and storm conditions with the staysail/storm jib on the staysail stay. A 50HP engine is sufficient for achieving the hull speed of 8.4 knots. the engine is located under the pilot house cabin sole - along with the fuel tanks (376l), water tanks (520l), hot water tank, batteries and other essential items! Space is available for extra fuel and water tankage.
All in all, a great long distance cruising yacht.