Specs of the Radford R14m

The R14m 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 stablility.

L.O.A. 14.00m 45'11"
D.W.L. 13.24m 43'5"
BEAM 3.85m 12'8"
DRAFT 1.80m 6'3"
lightship 10,720kg 23,600lb
fully loaded 13,600kg 30,000lb
Main 56.91sq m 612.6sq ft
Jib 40.43sq m 435sq ft
Staysail 12.74sq m 137sq ft

The aim of this design was to produce a capable cruising yacht with twin cabins, large galley and a saloon where you can sit down and still see out the windows. An inside steering position is 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 steering position. Under the cockpit on the port side is a quarter berth - or more stowage lockers if required. The window option shows deck hatches in either side of the pilot house for extra ventilation. There are opening ports in the forward house plus an array of hatches in the house tops.

Deck Layout
The pilot house extends over the forward end of the 2m long cockpit to give excellent weather protection for the companionway and cockpit seats. It is possible to see over the pilot house when standing at the wheel or seated on the aft coaming - which incorporates a liferaft locker.

There is plenty of stowage space with coaming and 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 step leads to the boarding platform. The deck edge has a bulwark - 100 to 200mm high - instead of an aluminium toerail. Forward, a collision bulkhead separates the anchor locker and self-draining chain locker from the forward cabin. The anchor winch is aft of the collision bulkheads to protect the electrics. The anchor can be left stowed on the bow rollers during shorter trips, or in the anchor locker.

Sail Plan
The keel stepped fractional rig has double swept back spreaders, chainplates at the deck edge for extra support, and a furling jib. There are no overlapping working sails.

The Build

Starting to take shape. After the ribs are assembled in garage, the boat needs more room so it's off to the shed. Here's it's seen near the stern, port side looking forward and of course it's upside down for now. You can see how the stringers are attached to the ribs and also the frame work of the keel.

More Rib & Stringer details

Bow with Plywood template for skin plating

John Checking out the stringers

Keel with the first piece of plating in place

Apr. 10,2005

In V berth lookiing aft

Water & Fuel tanks on port side

Starboard settee and nav station

John & Brendan

Sept. 25, 2005

A quick tour around the boat

Nov 4, 2006

Another Video Tour

The Beginning

The Plans

Here is how it all started. With plans from Radford yachts in Australia.