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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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23ft dayboat launch - easy build in plywood 10hp high thrust outboard - by wharf on sydney harbour

23ft (6.5m) Dayboat Cabin Launch – beautiful and simple

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!
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Mark Milam’s gorgeous wooden Duck – an OzRacer RV sailboat

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.
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Visit to Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide.

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
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Video of Quick Canoe in Hungary.

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.
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What I was busy with last week – building a Quick Canoe

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.
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Goat Island Skiff Launching 3 – John’s CNC yawl version in Texas

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.
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Goat Island Skiff Launching 2 – Woodeneye in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

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.
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PJ and Cliff build a plywood Quick Canoe for the Tinaroo Raid in one week

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.
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First baby of the New Year – Handy Punt – Stable for Fishing

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.
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New article out on PDRacers on Duckworks.

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.
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