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.
Torture boards are used for the highest grade of smoothing for visual smoothness of the whole structure. Fairing a strip planked hull. Fairing a join between adjacent plywood sheets in a hull or deck. Fairing a composite structure Fairing deck substructure. Deckframes and deck stringers ready to take plywood.
When is it worth fixing an old racing dinghy and when is it best to ditch it?
I’ve been in and around wooden race and recreational boats for a few decades now. As a designer who sells plans I can really only direct people towards the most tried and true methods that work just about anywhere. This article explains a large part of experience that leads to my approach.
Dayboat Launch 23ft (6.5m) by Stephen Foster – great photos of a fantastic looking boat. It is a very simplified hull – basically a square box, but I’ve done my normal trick of making it look rather nice. And Stephen’s clever adaptation of the cabin is just excellent!
The OzRacer RV sailboat is meant to be a very simple boat that can be homebuilt. Most build it to get on the water quickly, but Mark Milam has done an amazing job of overseeing a project combining his work with that of a boatbuilder friend. Wonderful woods, some great detail design and the very best fitting of a windsurfer rig to a dinghy that I have ever seen.
I used to work at DuckFlat many years ago. Now they are one of my main Australian plans agents. I visited them in Adelaide. Photo and text of a fast plywood trimaran, 40ft steam liveaboard boat, kayak, rowboat and a Hartley Powerboat restoration
The first New Zealand Goat Island Skiff has been launched by Ian Howeth. He has taken a year to build it as spare time became available. It was launched during the Xmas break
I am currently helping at the twice yearly duck flat boatbuilding school in Adelaide. There are boats designed by me, Oughtred, CLC Kayaks, Joel White and Woodenboat. People are from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Perth.
A video of the Quick Canoe in action. My Agent in Hungary who sells plans in both English and Hungarian has launched the first Quick Canoe in those parts. It is designed as a very simple and easy to build boat. It is not a perfect high performance boat, but the numbers have been worked out to give good performance despite the simple shape. It won’t be as good as the best fibreglass canoe, but it will be better than many average ones. And much cheaper and lighter.
I built the Quick Canoe in a day and a half. This is way slower than some of my customers. It is the first time I have been disappointed building a complete boat this quick. The risk of high expectations! But a day and a half with the problems I had is pretty good.
John in Texas built his Goat Island Skiff from a kit made by Clinton Chase. They are experimenting with a yawl version of the Goat. They had a launch and a capsize by the dock. The boat is a great lime green. I used to have a lime green NS14 dinghy that I enjoyed so much some of the design input went into the goat.
Bruce in New South Wales, Australia has launched his Goat Island Skiff plywood sailing dinghy at Port Stephens. They had a nice day sailing around but capsized the boat by accident when someone tripped up. Ooops. I am still not sure who is to blame! We are still waiting for launch day pics to be retrieved from the waterlogged camera.
Cliff and PJ live in Warm Queensland and Wintry Tasmania. However they both like to go the the yearly (June) wooden boat festival in tropical Far North Queensland. This year they decided to build one of my Quick Canoes. They started on Saturday and finished including putting the canoe on the car roof by the following thursday. They are experienced woodworkers so added some very nice details.
Jim Post has built the hull of his PD Goose – a 12ft version of the OZ PDRacer. He has done a nice job with a couple of nice additions. A seat in the middle and a stylishly angular splashboard on the foredeck. I am dying to hear how it sails!
Juan Carlos has been building his Goat Island Skiff for about a year. He has just put up a photo series of his boat launching. The rest of the words and pictures are from Juan Carlos.
Fiona Harbison and friends have just launched their new Handy Punt for fishing and family outings. Fiona is the sister of Helen (hope I have that right) who built a Nutshell pram in a number of the Duck Flat spring or autumn boatbuilding schools. It is called Farnark, which will strike a chord with Australians and New Zealanders through the work of John Clarke. There is a picture of the boat and a clip of John Clarke reprising his farnarkling spiel.
A nice little article by Jackie Monies who is turning into the writer in residence for the PDRacers. It posits the idea that because of its cheapness, ease of building and the creativity in the group that it qualifies as the “All American Boat”. Actually I think it is the perfect boat for places that are water rich and cash poor. Anyone can afford to go sailing in these cool little sailing boats. The options of material and design solutions allow the boats to be built of local material just about anywhere. Very cheaply.