Redfinn 10FM

Redfinn 10FM - Sea Fishing Magazine, May 2002

Mike Thrussell reviews the Redfinn 10FM...

Sea Fishing Review of Redfinn 10FM in May 2002I'd been tracking the progress of the McKiernan Boats Redfinn 10,000 from when it was just a rumour. It made a brief, but dramatic appearance at the 2001 Southampton Boat Show having been towed there with no engines fitted, and caused quite a stir amongst the trade and boating enthusiasts. I also sneaked aboard for an early preview during November when the engines fired up for the first time and the boat was initially water tested. I saw enough at the first test to make me eagerly anticipate my full review day...

THE REDFINN 10,000 STORY

The 10,000 is the brainchild of Eugene McKiernan, once a Research Scientist, but with 50 years experience working and dealing in boats. He commissioned John Moxham, one of the UK’s leading aircraft and boat designers to create a hull that gives superb sea handling capabilities alongside super fast performance, but with stability, manoeuvrability and above all fuel economy.

Eugene didn’t rest on his laurels while the main mould and hull were being laid down. He was talking to experts within the marine marketplace and researching the world boat market for new layout ideas and accessories that he could incorporate in to the design to make it the most modern, practical boat available.

DESIGN FEATURES

The hull is 33-feet long with a beam of 11½-feet and a draft of around 29-inches. The boat will weigh in the region of 7-tons complete.

It is a highly modified deep V type with reverse chines to give a soft ride, minimum wake and the best fuel efficiency. She is shaft driven with the propellers positioned in design registered compound curve tunnels. These tunnels have several advantages. They house the shaft parallel to the hull to give maximum speed efficiency, plus give optimum fuel economy. The tunnels also contribute to the boat running level, give increased grip when turning, and reduce the draft of the vessel. trim tabs are also fitted.

The topside on the long cabin version I tested sports a deck area approximately 10½-feet x 10-feet. Remember this is the long cabin version, but there is masses of room for working. There are two engine inspection hatches rearwards of the cabin, plus two 365-litre (80 gallon) insulated self-bailing fish hatches in front of the transom to take standard size fish boxes. The fittings on the hatch covers are all flush fitting. The deck itself slopes very slightly backwards to maximise drainage and has a moulded non-slip finish added.

The transom has two marlin/tuna doors giving access to the bathing platform on the stern. At the base of the transom doors are simple but ingenious flip tabs that act as giant scuppers designed to empty the deck of water in seconds. The bathing platform on future Redfinn’s will also be moulded to the boat and be designed to carry a Kodiak oval shaped live well tank in the middle.

The transom on future boats will also house no less than six rod holders across the top of the transom, plus a stainless steel safety rail sloping backwards. There are two additional rod holders on both gunnels. Large top quality cleats are positioned on each stern corner.

The gunnels sport lockable (from inside the cabin) hinge down rod storage lockers on the inside, which can carry made up boat rods. These have simple but highly effective turn buttons to hold the panels in place. The safety rails running along the length of the gunnel tops come up to waist height.

Coming forward to the cabin there are moulded in steps to gain access to the walkway alongside the cabin with grab rails placed on the cabin roof for safety. The walkway also has the moulded in non-slip finish. A stainless steel safety rail runs right around the bow from both sides of the cabins forward edge. This comes up above waist height to maximise safety.

The anchor stowage on the test boat was conventional via a bow roller and winch, but future boats look set to adopt the American system of positioning the anchor face down below the bow. This stops mud and weed from the anchor splashing back on to the windscreens and cuts down on noise created by the movement of the anchor when underway and gives a better retrieve. There are two fairleads and a large mooring cleat to complete the bow section.

 

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