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OZ RACERS – family sailboats – Two versions and one kit of this simple to build 8footer.

There are two versions of the OzRacer and one Kit for family sailing, learning to sail or club racing. The Kit by J.O. Woodworks fits the PDRacer rules but carries just about all the OzRacer advantages of Performance, Lightness, Ease of building and that you can build the boat very cheaply and still get first class performance. The plans even show you how to make a proper sail from polytarp at home. All for $20!
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OZ PD Goose simple sailboat video. - storerboatplans.com

Oz Goose launch and sailing Video

Ian Henehan worked out this 12ft Goose Version and launched it into 20 knot winds. You can check the video to see that this is probably correct. It certainly is, despite the poor camera angle which changes a few times the boat is fairly smoking along on a reach at one point with fine drifting […]
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Beth reefed Sailing in Clayton Bay South Australia. Sailing canoe by storerboatplans.com

Reefing a balance lug sail

How to reef a Balance Lugsail. A neat trick of using shock cord (bungee) for the intermediate ties makes it much faster to tie in a reef as well as remove the reef after. it also minimises the risk of damaging the sail if something major breaks elsewhere.
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OzRacer wins PDRacer Worlds for the fourth time in five years

2013 – Once again an OzRacer wins the PDRacer World titles. That is four times in the last five years.An OzRacer does need to be modified to fit the PDRacer rules or as standard is an excellent boat for first time sailors. It sails REALLY well which aids learning. And doesn’t need to cost any extra money. Plans $20
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Sailing OzRacer RV in rough water – simple boat with two adults

This OzRacer mk2  has a number of changes from the original design, but Bob has pulled it off. The biggest risk is that the windsurfer mast might break because it is not meant to be supported in this way – it is meant to be held up higher by the arms of the sailor. Additionally […]
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The winter is harsh – so how about some boating?

Winter has been really harsh in North America.It has even been snowing in Texas – and not just a little bit.Kenny and family (more north than Texas) are really active on the PDRacer front but like many others are getting cabin fever from being icebound inside their houses.So during one of the better days … there was boating to be done – but not boating as we know it, Jim.
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Is the OzRacer or Oz Goose a good looking boat? Part 1

A little bit of writing how form in boat design seldom follows function in terms of what “looks good”. It was prompted by a discussion about whether the PDR is good looking or not.My Podcasts on design also cover this idea to a greater depth – they are in the menu at the top of each page.
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