|Lift Keel DOWN
|Lift Keel UP
The Radford 13.7m was designed for a client in Western Australia and was launched in October 2000.
After several racing seasons off Fremantle, this yacht has now been sold to Victoria and renamed "Tevake II". This yacht is primarily used for offshore racing and is presently preparing to compete in the Melbourne to Vanuatu race commencing in early July 2010.
The R13.7m will be mainly used for day racing, shorter off-shore races and day cruising. The requirement is for high performance but easy handling. The hull is a development of the very successful R12.2m "Red Jacket". It does, however, have a slightly less beam on a longer length. For best stability, the yacht has a deep draft lift bulb keel and water ballast tanks. The R13.7 has a large fractional rig with main and jib, swept back spreaders and no runners. The yacht will carry fractional and masthead spinnakers.
The long cockpit has plenty of room for racing, but to cater for cruising and socialising, has "regular" cockpit seats. There is a separate steering station aft, with direct access to the boarding platform. Because of the emphasis on racing and sailing, the yacht has a simple but functional accommodation layout. There is large lazarette aft of the watertight bulkhead with access from the deck. The water ballast tanks are outboard of the quarterberths located under the cockpit. The engine is a 29h.p. sail-drive. Forward of the recessed companionway are long settee berths followed by the galley to port and chart table and lockers to starboard. The lift keel case is situated between the galley and the chart table. Forward of the galley is the head. The rest of this yacht is open for sail stowage, forward to the collision bulkhead. The "pointy-end" has an optional anchor locker when not racing.
The hull construction is FRP/Corecell foam sandwich. The deck is FRP/Superlite Balsa sandwich.
All in all, this design is a simple and fun boat to sail.