The Nighthawk is a laser-cut plywood kitset for the IOM class. This class was intended to result in boats “capable of being built by non-expert builders, either from a kit or from scratch, or inexpensively by a commercial builder, without being at a disadvantage in terms of performance when compared to yachts built using an unlimited amount of time and other resources.” This Nighthawk design is the outcome of a long project to meet this goal.
The hull shape and kitset were designed by Peter Jackson, who established the Yacht Research Unit at the University of Auckland. He has been building and sailing IOMs for the last 8 years. Technical and tuning expertise has been added by Karl Stachel, an experienced toolmaker and sailor, who is well known in radio sailing for his expertise in sailmaking and racing.
The key to simple construction is to build the hull out of plywood panels. It is available here as a full kitset which includes all the laser-cut ply for the hull, deck and interior, plus all the other fittings which are permanently attached (eyebolts, main-post, bow bumper, blocks, custom mast foot etc). The hull and foredeck are 1.2mm birch ply which has water-proof glue and a high-quality finish. All other parts are 1.8mm hoop pine.
A typical labour time is 20-30 hours, with the total time quite a bit longer waiting for epoxy to set. The kitset comes with detailed instructions and photos of how to assemble it, and instructions on balancing and trimming a completed yacht are right here.
You will need to buy some readily available materials like epoxy, varnish, sandpaper etc. To go sailing you will also need all the electrics, running and fixed rigging, appendages, rig & sails.
Note that there is also a ‘with appendages’ version which includes the fin and rudder + rudder arm and has the fincase and bulb already made to fit the fin, and the bulb at the right weight. Please contact us for a shipping quote for this item.
If you would like a quote for other components (rig, entire boat etc) or spare parts please contact us.
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