[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 […]
The Oz Goose is now a fully self contained plan and building is booming. It can hit speeds of 13 knot, is an excellent trainer and teaching boat with three adults aboard or a family sailer with two adults and a bunch of kids. It is lighter than a Laser Dinghy and it is possible to build up to five or ten of them for the same price as that Laser.
[Translate] Every year we do a Calendar of the Goat Island Skiff. This is the cover of the 2017 Calendar 2017 Goat Island Skiff Calendar is UP! Featuring the boats the places, the builders and the sailors. Discount code ZCUSTOMGIFTS may work for a discount until tomorrow midnight. 12 photos voted on by the Goat […]
A chance to vote on the BEST Goat Island Skiff Photos from the last year. The most popular will go into the yearly Calendar
A two and a half week project – The Taal Stand Up Paddleboard is very different from the majority of SUPs out there. Light stable and quick with much less effort than the normal surfboard shapes used. This shows the building method to help those who have purchased plans.
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
Sailing lessons 1 1/2 hours south of Manila on beautiful, natural Taal Lake. Boats, SUP boards and instruction, food, accommodation and Volcano and Eco Knowledge tours.
By far the bulk of Goat Island Skiffs are built as one sail boats. Is the complication, labour and expense of the extra sail on the yawl/ketch option worth it? What types of sailing does it assist or hinder?
A great article from the Open Goose website on setting up lug rigs of all types.
Getting rid of a familiar crease in many lugsails.
I’ve been in and around wooden race and recreational boats for a few decades now. As a designer who sells plans I can really only direct people towards the most tried and true methods that work just about anywhere. This article explains a large part of experience that leads to my approach.
Traditionally we were all told that chines were draggy, induced vortices and were slow. But in restricted dinghy classes where different hull designs are allowed chines predominate. And now chines are appearing on yachts as well. Sailors seem to be voting with their feet. Is there evidence?
Year four of the high quality Goat Island Skiff Calendar is out! Boats from the USA, France, Uruguay, The Netherlands and Greece
The OzRacers are steadily growing in numbers in Hungary. This increases the chance of meetups like this occasionon Lake Valence. Two very experienced sailors participate and enjoy the boats.
[Translate] Amatőr Hajóépítők Közössége has launched his Quick Canoe Electric. Well done! Egy szuper kis SecPerc Elektro hajó épült. Remekül evezhető, és 4 lovas motorral is repül. Trans: A super small SecPerc (Instant) built in electric boat. Great stabliity and 4 Horse Motor flying It should go fast with 4hp … it is designed to […]
A camping get together for Goat Island Skiffs, other storerboats and friends and fans and other boats. Three or Four days camping by the water with friendly people. Interesting in building a Goat or actually building one … all are very welcome.
[Translate] 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 […]
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.