Please select your home edition
upffront 2018 Ronstan shock blocks Leaderboard

Phoenix Marine bring an International 14 back to life

by David Summerville 28 Feb 04:00 PST
International 14 renovation by Phoenix Marine © Sharna Dryden

Phoenix Marine are proud that International 14 1503 is being displayed on the Allen Brothers Stand (C82 in the Great Hall) at the 2019 RYA Dinghy Show.

Sailors Tristan Walker-Hutt (Zhik UK Sales Manager) and Tom Clayton (Allen Brothers Design Engineer) required an upgrade to their 15 year old boat 'Fawkes'. "We bought the boat for £1650. It was in need of a lot of love, but just about sailable. We thought this was a great opportunity to get into the modern International 14 fleet at a good price!" said Tom.

The total scope of the upgrades by Phoenix Marine included replacement of alloy wings and associated structural sections with carbon fibre, in addition to hull/spar re-spray and finishing in our facility/spray oven.

When it comes to a boat that is manageable, the International 14 is pretty much as fast as you can get in skiff sailing apart from the 18ft Skiff. With an older hull but an updated rig, the power-to-price ratio proved irresistible as Tristan explained: "One of the benefits of carbon construction is the longevity and keeping the boat fresh! The reality with 14s is, as long as they've been well looked after, they're nearly as stiff as the day they were made and this boat is a great example of that. We've pulled the rig tension on hard and everything has been rock solid. David and his team have carried out an amazing job. The work Phoenix Marine have done really has brought the boat up to modern specification. We can't wait to get out and sail it now!"

All of the work was done in Phoenix Marine's Hertfordshire facility, including stiffening/clear coat of boom, removal of lead system from hull, removal of measurement bumps and re-build of chines, in addition to achievement of class minimum weight of 70kg.

Structural work to the hull was undertaken and alloy wing bars, forward aero bars and lead correctors were removed. All hull and spar surfaces were fully prepared prior to spraying in our spray oven.

60mm carbon tube was readily available in 2 metre lengths for the wing bars but the aero section forward bars were determined to be not commercially available. Phoenix Marine made a plug and mould in their Lincolnshire mould shop using the existing alloy bars, and subsequently moulded the forward aero bars in carbon.

This mould shop also builds carbon fibre and GRP panels and components for such illustrious marques as Ferrari, Lola, TVR, Reynard, Brabham, Vector, Triumph and VW, to name but a few.

The hull and deck were sprayed using Durepox, which is renowned for its low drag properties. The chosen colour was Nitrous Blue. The cockpit was also sprayed with Durepox in Grey. Spars and pole were fully prepared and sprayed using Awlcraft 2000 Clear.

Phoenix Marine would welcome any similar projects from sailors who aspire to jump into the ultra-high performance International 14 class with an entry level budget of £5K - £6K.

Related Articles

The Globe 40 dream up and running
30,000 mile course for Class 40 fleet Launched back in June, the GLOBE40 has opened a global maritime gateway to a journey that embraces dreams, sport, travel and adventure; a dream which is accessible to enthusiastic amateurs and professionals alike. Posted on 16 Sep
Spindrift 2 is back in the water
Whole team onsite at the Multiplast boatyard in Vannes The world's largest racing maxi trimaran spent the past few months being further optimised, and being fitted with new load bearing rudder plates, following the structural failure of the starboard rudder plate during the Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. Posted on 16 Sep
Mirabaud Sailing Video Award 3rd edition launches
What is the best sailing video of the year? Film and video professionals, as well as sailors who record their achievements during races are invited to join the 2019 edition of the event and submit their best edit. Posted on 16 Sep
One Ton Cup in Le Havre, France preview
2019 edition will be sailed in French waters for the first time since 2002 For the fourth year in succession, the FAST40+ Class will be competing for the One Ton Cup, created by the Cercle de la Voile de Paris (CVP - Paris Yacht Club) in 1899. Posted on 16 Sep
The Clipper Race Leg 1 Day 1
Which team will will cross the English Channel first? After the bold, fast start to Race 2, the Commodore's Cup, a 5,200nm race from Portimão, Portugal, to Punta del Este, Uruguay, a sharp drop in wind speed has left the fleet with a testing first 24 hours of racing as they head south. Posted on 16 Sep
Pacasmayo Classic overall
The strongest youth field in a generation The Pacasmayo Classic saw the strongest Youth field in the history of the event take to the waves this year, as the strongest Youth field in a generation continues to emerge around the world. Posted on 16 Sep
Rolex Big Boat Series at San Francisco overall
Fastest guns in the west decided Cool onshore temperatures, ebbing fog, flooding waters and a gathering sea breeze greeted the 79 teams gathered on San Francisco Bay to contest the final day of racing at the 55th edition of the St. Francis Yacht Club's annual Rolex Big Boat Series Posted on 15 Sep
Do jump on board
Two weeks ago in All aboard the bandwagon! we looked at the new Offshore event for 2024 Two weeks ago in All aboard the bandwagon! we looked at the new Offshore event that will be part of the 2024 Paris (Marseilles) Olympics. Nick from Hobart was one who expressed his own opinion, and allows me to share his sentiments here. Posted on 15 Sep
Crews to cross their first ocean in global race
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams start Atlantic crossing The first big test of the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race awaits, with around 220 everyday people setting sail from Portimão, Portugal, to race across the Atlantic Ocean to Punta del Este in Uruguay. Posted on 15 Sep
Billy Besson first to launch on home waters
Five days until history is written in Marseille With five days until six national teams go head to head at the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final, the home team - headed by Frenchman Billy Besson - hit the water for the first time today in its supercharged F50 catamaran. Posted on 15 Sep
Marine Resources 2019 - FooterMelges 14 2019 FooterRS Sailing 2019 - Footer