New wooden kit manufacturers

ISAF are keen for local companies in each country to manufacture wooden kits or GRP boats, rather than import them as it helps grow the local boatbuilding & sailing industry.

The costs (2015 figures) involved are an annual licence fee of £148 + VAT and then a per boat fee of £66.11 +VAT. The biggest direct cost is prototype approval (an ISAF International Measurer needs to measure the first off hull)

Your local boat builder needs to approach ISAF and apply for a licence to manufacture wooden Mirror kits. I suggest they contact Norbert Marin at ISAF This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 2380 635111. The ISAF web site is http://www.sailing.org . ISAF will want to know a bit of background information about the company, how long they have been in business, what other boats they build, how many boats they build a year,........... Norbert will send an application form asking for these details.

The application has to be approved by ISAF who will consult the National Authority (the body who runs sailing in local country, for example South African Sailing) and the International Mirror Class Association who will ask the local countries Mirror Class Assocaition (if there is one) for their view. ISAF will then supply the panel drawings which are in AutoCAD format and the wooden boat specification. The drawings are digitized versions of the original 1960's drawings. Kit manufacturers with CNC machines shold be able to produce cutting data for to suit their needs from these.

Once you have the drawings the builder should manufacture one kit and have it built into a boat. A further kit should also be manufactured.  Once the boat is built it has to be measured by an ISAF International measurer and ISAF will also want some other documentation (photos, details of timber used,.....). If it passes measurement and ISAF are happy with it, then on receipt of their licence fee, they will be licenced and can start production. There is a building fee payable to ISAF for each wooden kit manufactured and when you pay the fee you get the sail number and the ISAF plaque to stick on the boat.

 

 

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