About boatmik

On the "round Australia trip" I found myself employed by a tiny business in Adelaide - Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide. It was an eye opener - It became clear that one could build a boat for a fraction of the cost of current racing boats. My ideas hinged around high performance, easy building, fun to sail and reasonably cheap Today Storer Boats are built in all countries and we have active groups on Facebook for the following groups Goat Island Skiff Open Goose Storer Boat plans Really Simple Sails
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boatmik has written 351 articles so far, you can find them below.
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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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bamboo boat tech in the industrial age. Taiwan: storerboatplans.com

Taiwan: Bamboo Boatbuilding methods go Mega and Industrial

Industrial grade materials but the use of traditional bamboo raft tech have resulted in a huge variety of vessels in Taiwan. All still lashed together. Ranging from two oar single person fishing boats to trawlers 60 to 80ft long. Just lashed together. The truly surprising thing is just how fast they go together.
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Building boats Fast: storerboatplans.com

Why I “hate” Boatbuilding.

By simplifying the design, you simplify the build. By eliminating or simplifying processes the build is further simplified. Examples that will make your boat simpler, lighter and better at what it is meant to do.
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Ply keel stub construction. Turning a slow boat into a quick raceboat by optimising keel rig and hull. The Orange Boat Project: storerboatplans.com

The Fallen Keel – An adventure in keel design.

“My keel has fallen off” – Ray’s voice on the phone. So he dropped his sails and motored home. He asked me to design a new keel that he could build himself. This article goes through the process of turning a deep keeled boat into a competitive shoal shallow draft boat in a way one builder working by themselves can do.
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Turning a slow boat into a quick raceboat by optimising keel rig and hull. The Orange Boat Project: storerboatplans.com

From Slug into a quick Swan – The Orange Boat modded keel, rig and hull

The “Orange Boat” was unbelievably heavy and just about fell over if anyone stepped aboard and it is a keeboat! The vendor couldn’t sell it. So Ted bought it cheap and asked me what he could do. So we simplified and modded everything to state of the art but constrained to using “normal” materials to keep the cost down. Would it be competitive with quick trailer sailors, sports boats and the classic Restricted 22 class with their big sails. Seems small, light and simple can be very fast.
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Mundoo 3 large solar electric cruising boat.

Example of Solar Electric Real World Use – Liveaboard Boat and Cartop Canoe

How useful are Solar and Electric boats anyhow? The large Solar Electric Mundoo 3 was one of the more interesting projects I’ve been involved in. It was the brainchild of Robert Ayliffe, then at Duck Flat Wooden Boats and Ted Dexter. This liveaboard boat was featured on the cover of WoodenBoat magazine at the time and was a tremendous success for the owners who found it fitted their needs perfectly.
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Ken junk sailing vietnam 02 lug and Junk rigs: storerboatplans.com

On Sailing a Vietnamese Junk and a comparison with our Lug experience.

Ran into some great photos and information on sailing a real Vietnamese Junk. I’ve seen plenty of half hearted replicas in HK, but this one is the real deal from Ken Preston. A traditionally built boat that is being restored with no intention to put a motor in it. Ken has one of the best blogs about South East Asia and Boats.
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Dutch Goat Island Skiff Third in Caledonia RAID 2009 – Story

The GIS excels at a competive row and sail event. The Caledonia RAID is one of the oldest events of its type. A competitive multi day event that crosses Scotland from West to East including a crossing of Loch Lomond. It tends to attract long and efficient rowing sailing hulls. And here was one of the shortest, simplest and lightest hulls in the fleet punching well above its weight
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Light outriggers to add to your canoe for stability. Fast sailing, Fishing or Diving: storerboatplans.com

Drop-in Outriggers for Canoes & Kayaks (some dinghies) Sailing Videos

The Drop in Outriggers can provide stability for many canoes kayaks and narrow dinghies. It can turn a less stable boat into an quick sailing platform or into a dive or snorkelling boat or a good fishing boat. No component is heavier than 10lbs and often the small hulls can fit inside the canoe when roofracking.
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5.5kg or 12lb balsa canoe. storerboatplans.com

How to Lightweight – Balsa Canoe strip planked 12lbs (5.5Kg)

A 12lb canoe. The idea was to build a Rushton Wee Lassie in balsa strip with very light glass. The boat ended up being fairly durable despite not being interested in durability. As far as I was concerned I was going to be happy if it lasted a couple of years before being chucked into a dumpster somewhere. But five years later it was still beautiful despite good use.
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Free paddle and oar plans. Classic designs Herreshoff with simplified blades. storerboatplans.com

Free Plans from Storer Boat Plans

Why are these plans FREE? Because I want people to know just how good correctly proportioned touring paddles can be. Most of the paddles sold commercially are based heavily on racing models, which are fine if you are in training and only want to go 500 metres at the highest possible speed. For the rest of us there is a better balance available when we might be paddling for several hours or where the boat may be loaded. The oars were drawn to fit the Goat Island Skiff, but will fit other boats of a similar width.
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23ft Dayboat Launch on Hawkesbury River; storerboatplans.com

Dayboat/Launch 23 – trailerable cruising outboard motor boat

The Dayboat/Launch is 23ft long and intended as a Dayboat or Camp Aboard boat for a small family. It has space for an enclosed toilet. The design is complete drawings for hull but final decisions are left to the builder. It is not step by step instructions like my smaller boats. It cruises at near 8 knots with a 10hp high thrust Yamaha outboard.
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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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