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.
After a week or so of bad sailing weather, Daniel in Uruguay got out on the water in Piriapolis harbour to try out his new sail from ReallySimpleSails.com in the Philippines. The idea is to halve the price of sails for my plans so that it is even more economical to build a storerboat. This can save $300 plus
ReallySimpleSails.com saves $300 or more on your Goat Island Skiff, OzRacer or Ocean Explorer. These are full quality sails that we all have worked hard to keep the price down on.
Peter’s Blog about building two quick canoes. Includes a couple of camping/touring photoessays. The Quick canoe is very quick to build.
The new dinghy design is now called the S-12. Launched into light winds, there’s not a lot to report, but a photo essay. And some comments about the staying of the rig and keeping boats cheap and simple.
A new lightweight 12ft plywood dinghy under development. This prototype by Canadian Rick Landreville. It won’t have a cloud of sail area,but will be light enough low drag enough to hit consistently high speeds relative to other boats of this length.
Dave Lafontaine built his Goat Island Skiff in New York over the last couple of years. He’s now using it for some of the things he had planned.
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!
What is revolutionary about a day sightseeing? The boat is driven easily at reasonable speed with a small electric trolling motor – some are well under 200 dollars. It doesn’t require a trailer. It comes from three sheets of exterior plywood. Costs are down on every front. And the family is happy! Snohomish Estuary
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
Just for the hell of it, Stephen put a 2hp outboard on the back of his Electric Quick Canoe. Watch the boat fly in the video. Speed with little or no fuss. Also a discussion of hullforms for different speed ranges.
Over the years we have been slowly and carefully developing the balance lug rigs we use.on the OzRacers, the BETH sailing canoe and the Goat Island Skiff. For a long time we have offered the best page on the net to assist setup of small boat lugsails. Now a new page with many updates
The number of my boat designs that have been built has reached some sort of threshold, and a few are starting to get involved in weekly club racing. I did an article on my website a couple of weeks ago about how a BETH sailing canoe sails about equal with club level Laser Radials in […]
Slightly arrogant I! I vist the Philippines then Malaysia and also find a large community of Filipino boat builders there. I find they know much more than me about boat design and varieties. Stunning mix of different boats from curvaceous to plywood and boxy. But Gosh … the shapes they come up with!
Nice little video showing the easy speed of the Goat Island Skiffs in moderate conditions. Venue is the Small Reach Regatta. It also shows the standard cat rig and the optional Yawl rig.
Malcolm Eggins, boat builder and designer has passed away. A small tribute to one of the many people that has influenced me and many other sailors and designers. He was a part of the development of Moths, NS14s, VJs, VeeEsses and many other Australian racing dingies as a builder and designer along with his son Darryl. He won several State Championships.
BETH sailing canoe – The designer has lots of fine things to say about the sailing performance of BETH – but Andrew Barclay has been racing his against mixed fleets in British Columbia where she sails equal with Laser Radials in light wind and gradually outclasses them in stronger. I provide some tips about getting a bit more from the boat.
OK … it IS a rant. But it was prompted by the very legitimate question about why have a mizzen sail. But sadly I descend into a rant about how expense is a really poor predictor of performance.