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Foiling – Forefront vs Fakes

The Moth Dinghy developed foiling to near perfection through two decades of information sharing and weekly racing amongst an international group of backyard tinkerers. The Moth will lift up in 4 knots of wind, once up it can sustain flight in two knots. Meanwhile the America’s Cup boats cancel racing in 10 knots of wind because they know their boats are boring below that speed. This also means the America’s Cup boats cannot really improve foiling performance to be full range. Weekly racing in all conditions is the key.
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Foils - accurate centreboard and rudder blades are essential to the good performance of Storer Boat Plans

Making NACA and highly accurate centreboard and rudder foils at home

Several of the Group were building NACA foils.  But the OzRacer and OzGoose Plans have templates for quick and accurate shaping. Making without the templates … several were feeling that they couldn’t make them to a greater accuracy than 1/16th of an inch. So some were suggesting using a CNC machine. The discussion goes on to […]
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Sabre plywood dinghy. Make one yourself. storerboatplans.com

Q&A How to Race a Dinghy Successfully the Low Stress Way.

Racing shows that what you know is what you know. It doesn’t matter if the boat is less than perfect. So where is it best to put in the effort to improve results. Boat setup, knowing how to adjust for different wind conditions, practicing skills until they become automatic, sailing as much as possible … and teaching others.
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Fenwick Williams Catboat built in cedar strip at DuckFlat Wooden Boats Australia. detail design work by storerboatplans.com

How we Strip Planked a Fenwick Williams Catboat

A Fenwick Williams catboat carefully reinterpreted in Cedar Strip. Includes cleaner structure, optimised foils and a tabernacle rig that allows raising of the mast by one person. Built by David Wilson at Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide.
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Could we do it?

Three PDRacer Basic Hulls Built in 4 working days? Before going our various ways at Xmas Robin Badenoch and I with considerable help from Geraldine and Nathan had a shot at getting three basic PDRacer Hulls together in four working days. Here’s the link 3 x PDRacers basic hulls built – thread on Oz Woodwork […]
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“All boat design is a compromise” – Rubbish

Reprint of an article I wrote a few years ago for Watercraft magazine in the UK.The article points out why I think most of the discussion about boat design being a “compromise” is rubbish and taking that point of view means that the design is sure to be compromised.What happens if we don’t accept the compromise?
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lug sails at very competitive prices - reallysimplesails.com

WIKI for setting up and tuning Lug and Sprit Rigs

The conservative viewpoint is that traditional rigs are not very efficient. However allied to efficient hulls and set up correctly, lug and sprit rigs can be very efficient indeed – not too much slower than “modern” rigs, particularly when the same lessons are applied to trad sails and way cheaper.This is a WIKI drawn from the group on the Storerboats forum discussions on setting up lug and sprit rigs for best performance building on the information in my webpage.
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The Canon – Tools for thinking about sailing and boat design – Books and Articles

One of the most important things as a designer or sailor is to keep an open mind, but also to be able to analyze things in light of real experience and prior knowledge.This article, after a bit of a spiel, goes on to give some great resources that “opened my eyes” at different times in my life.They focus on areas of structural design, sailing, sail aerodynamics and touch on a bit more.
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