News

June 2017

Right…. First time racing was today at Kawana QLD. Could I have had a better day with a new boat first time in the water? No. Not unless I won every race. In fact I won 4 out of 12 I think against pretty good competition. Worst result was a 6th owning to a shocking second work, but the rest of the places were 2nds and 3rds. Breeze was top of A rig down to drift in the afternoon. Comments were positive and that the boat went better the wind lightened. I was more impressed by the Ellipsis downwind speed which in a bit of wind seems exceptional. Upwind she has good speed good pointing and is well balanced seems to “hunt” wind small direction changes which the MX14 never does. All in all, there seems to be lots of potential. I can’t wait to see how she goes in B and C rig conditions.

Eddie Cowell Regatta coming up at my club: Kawana RYC.

http://www.ecregatta.com/

Under “The Venue” that is me in the blue shirt and the black MX14.

A more or less complete list of my old and current designs is now on the very good “All Radio Sailboats” website here:

New FREE Gothica A Class plan just unloaded to my PLANS and A Class PLANS Pages. This is the latest of the series of Goth Free plans, which started in 2011 with the Goth IOM. plans have now been completed in the following classes: IOM, Marblehead ,10r, RG65, US One Meter, A class. Which reminds me there is also a 36inch restricted version that has not been published.

Progress on the Ellipsis… IOM prototype has been slow, due to unavoidable delays. The boats first sail is a week away, and work will then start on molds for hull deck and internals. It is plans to produce moldings and components to go with the plan, and if reaction is sufficient completed boats. Anyone interested in producing the boat outside of Australia commercially, please let me know.

April 2017

For the next few months I will be concentrating on new designs and redirecting my efforts into plug and mold making and boat construction.  As a result I won’t be taking orders for sails for a while, at least until after I have myself sorted out.  Sorry for inconvenience caused.

March 2017

Some new images of the Ellipsis IOM thanks to Andrew Stanfield:

Three plans that were previously only available on paper is A0 sizes have been updated this month to A3 printed or PDF plans. UFO and Sidewinder Mk2 A class, and Phoenix Mk4 10r.

January 2017

FRD’s new IOM design Ellipsis… is finally ready and is available from my Plans Page.  This design is a different approach to the Goth series. The boat has no chine but has the same volume distribution and excellent hull balance that make chine boats work. Advantages are simplicity as now only a single piece mold is needed for the hull. The deck has been widened slightly from the Goth Mk4 to increase the stay base for better rig control, while the waterline and hull wetted surface is actually less. There are two deck layouts offered. The conventional forward winch layout and an aft winch aft cockpit layout.

December 2016

I would like to wish everyone, not just existing FRD customers, all the best in 2017. i hope you all have a healthy happy year and enjoy your sailing.

I have some new plan designs in the pipeline and hope to build more boats in 2017 and keep boats and moldings in stock for faster delivery.

Plans are now available for the Phoenix 6 Ten Rater See my PLANS page. $30 pdf file or printed.

As featured in the current American Model Yachting Association newsletter #186

November 2016

Apart from working rebuilding this website, I have started on prototype one of a new IOM design named Ellipsis. Plans will be available as well as molded hulls and assembled boats.

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May 2016

We are settling into our new house and also into my new larger workshop. Sail making will recommence in May. New IOM and Marblehead designs are under way for this year. New plans will follow as well. I am currently completing a couple of Phoenix 6 10r orders and will continue building both P5.1 and P6 designs into next year.

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February 2016

New address from 4th March 2016 is: 1 Cerebus Court Cooloola Cove QLD 4580 ph: 07 54862678. Email and mobile number remain the same.

January 2016

Mark Shepherd has very kindly written a review of his progress updating his Sidewinder Mk1 A class. This is a very successful A Class  design of mine from the late 1980’s. There are still quiet a few getting around regattas in most Australian States. Mark asked me to design new bulbs and make suggestions on combinations of ballast weight waterlines to achieve his desired performance criteria.  The resulting boat is still a work in progress but has shows marked improvement over the original boat purchased second hand, which was a very successful boat in NSW and was always very well sailed by Daniel Weizman. project-sidewinder-mk1-2015

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From 2016 with more space in a larger premises I will concentrating primarily on plans and boat construction in wood, fiberglass and exotics.

I will longer be making sails as a “general sailmaker” to order for customers apart from sails for boats that I have built or am building, initially Ten Rater and IOM.

I will still be making Ten Rater sails, which is a class poorly served by most newer IOM/RG65 focused sail makers and a class in which I have a special interest. I will also make sails for friends or club members who need sails. A Class and Marblehead sails will most probably be added later hen i start producing boats for these classes.

December 2015

FRD Designed Phoenix 7MX 10r available January 2016, 1490Euro FREE SHIPPING!

http://www.mxcomponents.com/…/mx-rc-boat-/265-ghotic-mx.html

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I am still building the Phoenix Mk6 and when I can for around $2000. I currently have 3 P6’s to build and will continue building them so I have one at least in stock.

October 2015

Big changes coming in the new year with our relocation to Tin Can Bay Queensland.  Emphasis will after the move go even more towards design and boat building with an increase in space and an reduction of the amount of radio sailing I will be doing. As a result the Goth Mk4 cedar project has been put on permanent hold. I also have  several Phoenix 6 10r boats to complete before the move, or as much as I can get through.

September 2015

Website up.  Working on Cedar Goth Mk4.

August  2015

New website is up and is still under construction.

July 2015

Goth Mk4 IOM is available now from my PLANS page.

June 2015

Just received this nice letter from Phil Harpham. Phil’s building log is here
Hi Frank,

In late 2014 I purchased a couple of sets of plans for your Goth XP IOM. Since then I have been working hard to produce my first home built fibreglass yacht and I am pleased to say that the build is now complete!

What can I say other than fantastic! The boat exceeds all expectations on the water and has totally changed my sailing ability. At long last I have a boat that is quick, responsive and a race winner, what more could you ask from a design!

During the build I did make a log (of sorts) and have attached a copy if it’s of any interest to you or any other future builders?

As you have probably guessed I am over the moon with the finished result and I just want to express my sincere thanks for an outstanding design that you have created and inspiring me to build in a method that I had never previously attempted.

Can’t wait for your next design, but don’t do it too quickly as my wife wants the dining room table back!

Best regards & thanks again,

Phil Harpham

Due to time constraints 10r’s P5.1 and P6 are now only available ex stock. More details of what is being built will be on my Projects page.

May 2015

I am basically changing from being a general all classes sail maker to a sail maker specialising in a few classes that I do well. That is: IOM’s, Ten Raters and A class, RG65 as well as concentrating on the sails for the boats I build, which is mostly IOM’s and 10r’s.

I need to stop making a lot of sails for a while so I can get set up properly building boats. I have stopped importing MX boats and intend building my own IOM’s in future along with 10r’s. I used to build mostly 10r’s and M’s.

What I am doing is basically changing from being a general all classes sailmaker to a boat builder who make sails for the class boats that I build.

Eventually in future if I start building say M’s or RG’s I will make sails for those classes, but really the sails I make for those classes I have not been happy with.

I will still be designing boats and publishing plans both free and for sale.

I have not had time to work on any new designs lately due to the amount of sails I have been making.

April 2015

I decided to no longer be Australian Agent for MX Componets who is producing some of my boats.
I will in future be concentrating solely designs, producing plans and building prototypes.
Some boats will be produced for sale and in limited production. See the new Projects Page. These will be available from time to time on my Yachts page.
Sails will continue to be made in limited numbers and variable delivery times.
After numerous requests I have produced an MX14 rigging Guide tailored to the MX14 and using the MX Components Rigging Guide.

March 2015

I receive regular emails asking about the development of the Goth designs.
Goth: was the original free plan drawn as a test after attending a regatta where there were several different new chine designs present and won by Chienz prototype.

Goth MX7: the original hull with an MX designed skiff deck and a bit more bow free board.

Goth evo 2: as above the the mast moved aft. (Very good boat)

Goth evo3: revised flat aft deck and hull changes by MX. Bow filled out and hull V’ed. ( I never liked this version)

Goth MX14/MX14: light air update of the original Goth, with very good MX modified deck, free board increase and bow changes. The free board increase is an improvement but the bow is now too full down low. (This is a very good boat and what I am currently sailing.)

Goth XP: Updated MX14 in its original form. The MX14 is better in open water with its higher bow freeboard.

MX16: An MX designed boat possibly using the MX14 as a starting point. I had nothing to do with this design.

I am working on the first of the XP variants to sail myself. Plans will be available if anyone is interested but they won’t be released generally.

My plans are to build cedar one offs and glass small scale production boats. Both will be available for purchase.

February 2014

Goth XP RG RG65 plan is now available from my PLANS page for $10AUD. The Goth XP RG is more than just a re-scale of the Goth XP IOM. I have taken the shape a little further along, lengthening the waterline and adding more fullness in the ends which I think will be helpful in such a relatively small hull in open water. The original Goth RG has been a great success proving to be a fast well balanced boat and managed a 4th place in UK Nationals in 2014. I hope builders of this new hull will get as much enjoyment from it as all current Goth RG owners.
Trevor Fisher has produced a wonderful building log of the Goth XP IOM. I couldn’t have done this better myself.

Phoenix 6 10r prototype is completed.

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January 2015

The Phoenix 5 10r plan is finally available for purchase from my PLANS page. There have been over the last 4 years several boats built in Australia from my molds as well as some boats built overseas from pre release plans. Carbon hulls are available for the Phoenix 5 10r.

Steve Vaczovsky asked me to design a USOM more optimised to light air than the Goth USOM.
The result is the ZEPHYR USOM design. This boat is a bit lighter but has 4% less wetted surface and lower Cp at 0.55 and more forward placed LCB. Plans available from my PLANS page for $15AUS.

I have had a few people asking me about the design of the new MX16. Just for the record. No I didn’t design the MX16.

FRD will be building the Goth Mk4 IOM from mid 2015.

December 2014

Working on the P6 10r prototype. Some new designs on the way in 2015. all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

A new Blog has just started which I will be following with interest: “Buiding an IOM, A Goth XP”

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November 2014

Catching up on sail making backorders and starting the first P6 finally. Photos soon.
Goth XP RG plan is coming soon.
I decided after 30 years to retire my old main/jib sail logo, in favour of simply FRD. The label will be more effective on boats, which is my main focus. One off and limited production boats in wood, glass and exotics.
See the bottom of my SAILS page for available stock sails.

October 2014

Slight delay in 10r production due to having to repaint and finish my workshop. Clearing up some small jobs then starting on P6 production.

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August 2014

First P6 10r prototypes are now coming off the plug. Hulls are male molded white undercoat finished.

My current website alive since 2006 is soon to be replaced. The Ten Rater Class page now has it’s own website at www.10rater.com. All content old and new will be moved there soon.

July 2014

The P6 10r is progressing. Boats should be available in a few months.

May 2014

Available through FRD is the Kantun Smx IOM design. This is exactly the same boat design that finished 2nd, 5th and 7th in the 2013 IOM World championships. More details are on the Kantun website:

In the works new Gothic XP Marblehead plan, and P6 10r male molds. My aim for the remainder of this year is to produce new designs and molds and component molds to set up starting limited production for 10r and M classes. IOM and RG65 will follow in 2015.

March 2014

Just completed. Goth USOM, A US One Meter design, based on the original Goth IOM design. This is the result of several requests for plans. Currently there a 2 or 3 boats being built to the design.

Plans are available for FREE download on my PLANS page.

Still to be completed is the Goth 36R design. This again is the result of requests for a Vane 36R version of Goth IOM design. This design is narrower and lighter than current hulls, in line with developments on other classes. The first boats are under construction now.

February 2014

Just completed: Goth XP IOM.  This is a development of the very successful Goth IOM. I have had many requests for an update to the design.

There have been many boats built to the original Goth design in wood, and fiberglass. There have been many molds made including of course those boats produced in modified form by MX components of Italy, and those boats made available by the Adelaide Radio Control Yacht Racing Club in South Australia.

I apologise if anyone is disappointed that this plan is not a free plan. I have kept the cost to a reasonable minimum $15 AUS or about 10 Euros. This cost is intended simply as a means of keeping track of numbers and location of boats built. When purchasing the plan I will either email or print and post a set of the drawings to you as soon as possible. DXF and DWG versions are available to anyone who wishes to use CNC production.

January 2014

I received this letter a few days ago after asking permission decided to post it, warts and all.

Frank,

opening the box at lunchtime today my jaw dropped, then I began to laugh uncontrollably. The bloody boat is FLO PINK! Not red.

But the colour has grown on me and I have a huge advantage with this colour in a big fleet. I wouldn’t have had the balls to order fluorescent pink, but she’ll stand out like a sore thumb! I’ll just have to be careful starting. The local IOM fleet are tickled PINK!

To the boat: heavier than I would have liked but lighter than your boat. She’s 623gms with all the fittings. Not bad. I calculate I’ll have 275-280gms of correctors with her fitted out as she is. This is the only disappointment.

Finish – fantastic. It’s second to none. I took a magnifying glass to search for imperfections and couldn’t find any. Hull/deck join is good, most of the fillets are very even and use the right amount for strength.

The trays are secure if not completely evenly fitted but I am picking holes here. The drilled holes for the RMG & rudder servo alignment are true
Foils finish is top notch, fin on the 401mm bulb has a tiny bit more twist than Creedy’s one for the Stealth on a 380mm fin so the fin IS stiff. Weight of both it and the bulb – bang on 2500gms and bang on max draft – IMPRESSIVE! Her rudder is very big, a lot of area, but VERY light at 27gms.

Deck fittings – superb, all quality fittings.

Frank she’s EXCEPTIONAL value for money! She was 830 Euros delivered to my door. That’s £724 in sterling. I’ve sold the Stealth and got £1000 for her, so that will let you know just how much value she actually is. Fully kitted out she’ll cost me under £1600-1650, and that’s not scrimping on her fit out as I’m using the best available from the UK, Italy and Oz!

OK comparisons. I spent an hour and a half on the blower to Neill during lunch both of us with our tape measures. She is uncannily close in a lot of her measurements to the V8. the V8’s rig is a lot further forward and this is why it needs raked a lot, which harms her downwind performance quite a bit if comparing her to the Stealth.
The V8 has more tumblehome but overall is wider. Her stern is slightly wider, but bow fullness and rocker depth position are all within a couple of mm of each other. I’m getting VERY excited by all of this.

The MX cockpit is very long way aft, so thoughtful consideration will be needed to get weight closer to the centre of her.

I can move the RMG aft 20mm if I’m able to get a right angle screwdriver in to fit to tightening the locating bolts. Her rudder servo can be mounted another 25mm forward easily and closer to the mainsheet post.
I can also remove weight forward by cutting two further long slim inspection hatches forward. The RMG switch location will need some careful thought though. It’s almost 30gms.

Her overall build – VERY robust. She’s very well built. No worries at all if someone t-bones me. finbox is also robust enough for her to take a hard grounding.

Frank Safepack are building you great boats if they are of similar quality to the MX14. They are very strongly built. Possibly weight could easily be shaved down here and there. My MX is a quality product in every respect. Her build is better than anything Creedy’s turned out, even with his premium builds, if about 100gms or so heavier. Phil Playle’s boats would be better finished but considerably heavier, 175-200gms or so. Pepe’s boats are possibly slightly better but not by much. Sails Etc boats aren’t as well finished. I’d say on a par with Masterboats, but not sure about weight comparisons. She’s also better finished than anything Jelacic’s has turned out too. Kantun’s or Picantos.
Looking at the Kiwi built V8 she is by far the more superior build, with better quality fittings and finish. Comparing her to the best builds, she’s very close to them. Very close indeed.

One very happy camper at this end, now scratching his head to think of how I can get that 100gms back. Wee buns, with the boat here!

Brian.

December 2013

I’d like to wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year for 2014. The last year has been a very good year for FRD, and I would like to thank everyone for their valuable support. 2014 looks like being another big year with many new designs and prototypes in the works. A few of the designs will be in new classes for me, mostly as a result of requests from sailors who have liked my designs in the more well known classes. I enjoy the challenge and enjoy seeing these designs built and raced. Thank you and best wishes for 2014.