Extraordinary photos of Coastal Life – Pearling Luggers and more

My friend Peter Hyndman (architect, boat builder, photographer, artist – someone has to get all the short straws) has been putting an amazing set of boat and boating life photos up on flickr. He grew up on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait in the ’50s when the Pearling Industry was still in existence. Torres […]

Jamie’s Boat Building Blog – GIS in Walnut Creek, CA

Actually, When Jamie mentioned his goat island skiff building blog I went … oh yeah … another blog … but it is really rather a nice bit of writing. He had a shot at getting one of the Lumber Yard Skiffs from Woodenboat Magazine underway first. His experience was in line with my confustification about […]

Pics of historic Finn sailing

This Finn is owned by OZ wooden Boatbuilder and Designer Ross Lillistone. The boat was built for the 1956 Olympics and has been restored by Ross. The photoset of the restored wooden Finn Dinghy are here This is what Ross says They are of my wooden 1956 Oympic Finn which I took out for a […]

Taiwanese Aboriginal Boat Launching on Lanyu Island

More Taiwan Boats. People may or may not be aware that Taiwan has its own aboriginal people belonging to quite distinct groups. Some lived inland, but others were coastal and some live on the smaller islands around Taiwan. Their culture is distinct from the prevailing Chinese culture. There were rumours that the people were headhunters […]

Burning Boats in Taiwan.

My friend Mao travels around her home country of Taiwan and takes wonderful photos. Some are boat oriented! Here is a wonderful series of a religious festival in Taiwan. The details of the boat are exquisitely correct! Originally Posted by MaoPoPo The series you asked is a local religious activity called “Shao(burn) Wang(Wang Ye, God […]

Olivier’s Videos of his GIS in Florida. “Watch the Goat Go”

Some time ago I received this pic of the GIS that Olivier Chamel is building in Florida. Anyway, I was showing some of the PDR and GIS video clips to someone today and noticed that there are some mysterious new videos on youtube. I just tried to track some details down about Olivier, but it […]

Gyula Launches his OzRacer (formerly Oz PDRacer) in Romania

Gyula Ferencz (hope I have remembered his family name correctly) has launched the second OZ PDR with the lug sail. The boat sails very nicely and seems to pass the other boat easily. Gyula should be proud. (he does look proud in the close up!) That is one great looking boat!!!! The sail looks fantastic […]

BETH Sailing Canoe being built by Norm in Toronto

Norm is putting together a BETH Sailing Canoe and documenting it on the WoodenBoat forum. He is going like a rocket, it is possible to drop in every day and see some big changes. He has departed a bit from the plan in both building method and detail. I’d suggest that most people who build […]

Lug rigs for racing performance

There has been a fantastic discussion about some of the racing possibilities of balance lug rigs on my forum I have learned a huge amount from sailing my BETH sailing canoe and the Goat Island Skiffs over the years, but recently ran into Brian who uses a lug rig for racing traditional British boats. So […]
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Chad Launches Goat Island Skiff – Essex, UK

From Chad, Launched my GIS, Sailormade, tonight after work. Just had enough daylight left as you can see! Boat was very light and responsive. I rowed out away from the jetty but drifted back towards it as I set the sail due to the current. I had not lowered the rudder and by the time […]

Non Skid for cockpit floor or decks of a boat.

One of the new launchings of the Goat Island Skiff had a problem with a slippery floor… Here is my favourite suggestion. Nice way to deal with it is the same way we did the PDRacers. I couldnt find he pics on the building thread. You varnish the cockpit floor normally. Then mask off the […]