Paul Fisher designed the Kingfisher for Jack Chippendale of Chippendale Craft Ltd as a large roomy dayboat for the family which could be built from a kit or from plans in an average sized garage using only domestic DIY tools. We wanted a boat for the family who wanted to graduate from Mirrors or who wanted a boat that they could cruise in as a family as well as race, if they wished. The idea has been to keep everything as simple as possible and to give as much internal floor space as we could so that, with a boom tent, she could have 2 people sleeping onboard.
We have kept to a gunter rig for it's efficiency and to keep the spar lengths down. She is both fast and very stable and her side decks (which increase her range of buoyancy) plus side bench seating give her crew the feel of sitting 'in' her rather than 'on' her.
There is plenty of space for storage and her relatively light weight makes her easy to trail, launch and recover.
LOA 14' (4.26m); Beam 5'6" (1.67m); Draft 8"/3'11" (0.2/0.58m); Sail Area 122 sq.ft. (11.36 sq.m.); Weight (excl plate, rudder and rig 240 lb. (109 kg). Complete boats, part complete boats and kits are available from Seabird Boats at Unit 1, Rock Channel, Rye, Sussex, TN31 7HJ, Tel 01797 227707 and fully detailed construction plans are available from ourselves.
14' Kingfisher Particulars
|Hull Mid Depth||1'9"||0.54m|
|Sail Area||122 sq.ft||11.36 sq.m|
|Approx. Dry Weight||240 lbs||109kg|
|Hull Shape||V bottom with 3 planks per side|
|Construction Method||Stitch and tape|
|Major plywood requirements for hull||13 sheets of 6mm and 1 sheet of 9mm marine plywood|
|Guidance Use||Up to 3-4 adults for sailing|
|Drawing/Design Package||7 x A1 drawings + 8 x A4 instruction sheets includes alternative gunter yawl rig with bowsprit.|