Perttu took his recently built “Quick Canoe” on a trip down a river in Finland. We don’t have rivers like this in Australia! To see them is quite exciting. The Quick Canoe is designed to be very cheap and easy to build, but still work OK.
Jim Post has built the hull of his PD Goose – a 12ft version of the OZ PDRacer. He has done a nice job with a couple of nice additions. A seat in the middle and a stylishly angular splashboard on the foredeck. I am dying to hear how it sails!
Melanie in the UK wrote to me. She has just bought an old Mirror dinghy and started sailing for the first time. Problem is that the boat leaks and she doesn’t want to stop using the boat until the end of the season. I have a philosophy of keeping older boats on the water and not pulling them off for months on end until you have the time to do the job. So the article here is useful to see what can be done with an old leaky plywood sailing dinghy to keep it going. It is perfect sailing weather at the moment in the UK and it is better she is out there learning but with the worst of the leaks gone. With a disciplined approach she should be able to get all of this done in a week or so. The general leaks fixed permanently and the rotted area reinforced so that the boat won’t break.
Finally after many years of selling the plan I have a photo of a boat with the outriggers from the drop-in outrigger plan. Every part of the outrigger is very light. The first one we built had each component under 10lbs. It can make a canoe or kayak into a killer sailing boat. Or can convert a canoe, kayak or suitable dinghy into a stable fishing or diving platform for paddle or outboard.