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.
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.
Pierangelo contacted me earlier this year (2008). He liked the strong aesthetics of my dayboat design but wanted more space. The result was this 27 foot riverboat. As Pierangelo will use it in Venice for travelling in the lagoon and along the canals the name became Venezia. I’ve just added many more photos to the article.
Buying plans in Australia has changed. Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide are no longer my plans agents. We have alternative arrangements for buying plans as books and plans as PDFs. Duck Flat are growing the Boat Restoration and Repair side of their business.
A whole bunch of strategies for lightweighting a plywood stitch and glue canoe. In this case a Storer Boat Plans Eureka Canoe. Standard build is around 44lbs. Ten lbs were saved to bring the weight down to 34 or 15k
Eureka Plywood Canoes are Light and very Pretty. They also paddle well. Standard build comes out around 45 to 50lbs. But weights of around 34lbs have been achieved with care. Stitch and glue method.
The finally famous Goat Island Skiff is the lightest and simplest 16ft sailing boat I could come up with. Simple to Build with Modern Performance. She will sail well and handle impeccably at all times with 4 adults and is fastest with one or two aboard. Plans are extremely detailed and there is an active community of builders on Facebook.
The Oz Racer led to the Oz Goose. There was discussion about whether the OzRacer would plane and just how light it would be possible to build. Extrapolating from the Moth Scows in Australia I made a guess.
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.
How sailing and paddling canoe shapes differ. How traditional canoe designs work really well and a lot of modern ones don’t. Building a canoe – is ply or cedar strip better? How to build a lightweight canoe – selection of materials – ply vs strip plank and timber species Books for canoebuilding.
Never join boat decks the way you join up panels in a house. Cracks and big failures will result.
[Translate] Where restoring a traditionally built boat it is important to replace parts of the structure of a similar size to those that are being replaced or missing. Those sizes are termed “scantlings” The dominant source of this type of information for traditionally built workboats in Australia is the USL Code. It would probably be […]
An older wooden or plywood boat you want to repair. And oil or diesel fuel have soaked into some of the areas you want to work on. There are no easy solutions. But this one might work.
How to repair and improve Plywood Boats – Dents, holes, replace bottom in 24 hours, making paint and varnish non skid
All the best material on boat repairs. From restoring old sailing dinghies for racing, fixing holes in canoe, replacing whole hull panels or the neatest and easiest way of doing a really nice texture of nonskid using sugar. And the non skid can be done in paint or varnish
All the Goat Island Skiff videos on one page. Around seventy. Sailing, building, fishing, family, distance events and classic boat festivals.
Kits for Storer Designed Canoes and the Texas Duck which is an Ozracer derived kit.
[Translate] Generally a designer will specify a range of joins that will suit the boat. Butt joins with Butt blocks for plywood boats. Also called Butt straps. I specify butt straps because they are simpler, faster and have a neat result for amateurs every time. But I do place them in the hull where they […]
A new design for a “Stand Up Paddleboard”. It is designed for excellent travelling speeds for less effort but retains the stability of a beginner/intermediate board. It can be built much lighter than the standard weight of 12 to 14kg (28lbs). Strategies for major weight saving are in the plan