Videos of the Goat Island Skiff, the
PDRacer Sailing Boat and the Eureka Canoe.
and Canoeing Videos
taken in Mooloolaba, Queensland.
As happens most years I
part of January 2008 staying with my friends Peter and Jo Hyndman.
Not only do they have a serious menagerie of Storerboats (2
PDRs, 1 GIS, 1 Eureka Canoe and the new Rowboat on the way) but we had
a BBQ and invited other storerboat builders along for some sailing,
chat and food.
The couple of days after that were
spent by Peter getting the hang of some basic Video software including
processing some we had taken previously - and here are the results.
Eureka Canoe built by PhilW in
the water for
the first time.
Eureka Canoe - as confidence
grows a bit more
speed - and everyone wants to go out - the paddles are not quite long
enough but Phil is making wooden ones (Give the guy a break - he was
varnishing hours before!)
Goat Island Skiff
aboard - good speed and handling. The conditions were a bit
at times, but one experienced sailor can take a couple of beginning
sailors out with no trouble.
- Sailing the boats with the revised mast - much better! Good
gust response and not even looking like breaking. We have had
them out in up to 25 knots.
- Learning to Sail - Two men who have
not sailed before (actually one had sailed catamarans a couple of
took the PDR out for an hour and wandered around the river.
only defect is that the fellow in the front is sitting a little too far
forward so the bow is plowing a bit. This is Steve's one
week old Orange PDR.
- A more instructional capsize video showing the proper way to get no
water in the boat and how little effort it is to get upright.
wind - More SPEED! Footage of the Goat Island Skiff with me
single handed going for
speed (in very little space!) - planing - February 2007
Goat Island Skiff - The GIS
showing its paces.
A traditional boat with modern performance. It goes
upwind fast too. I was trying to see how fast I could go in
the confined space of the river. If I had been cruising a
second person would give a lot more stability (or I could have reefed).
launching of our original two PDRacers, Queensland - March 2006.
Launch - we didn't know how these boxboats would go.
- They went very nicely
winds, quick to turn and accelerated well when the sail was trimmed
- We needed to check that
from capsize would be OK. I tried the wrong method
first - then it was easy. A surprise was the boat came up without any
- CRASH AND BURN - there
was a bit more wind
for a bit more speed and a capsize -
we redesigned the masts after this!!!
- But still had time to
in the sunset in the spare boat.
Adelaide Sailing of PDRacers - 2008.
Clip Showing speed comparison between the PDRacer
modified Nutshell Pram. The OZ type PDRacer has
been biased strongly toward sailing performance though you can row or
motor it quite well.
The obvious thing is the PDR has more sail - but
it also has other efficiencies such as a good centreboard/rudder shape
and efficient sail/mast interaction and great stability that give it
great performance in strong winds too.
Other pics of local sailing events are here. (with emphasis on trailers -
people were asking) and here at an event a couple of
hundred miles up the road.