The OzRacer RV sailboat is meant to be a very simple boat that can be homebuilt. Most build it to get on the water quickly, but Mark Milam has done an amazing job of overseeing a project combining his work with that of a boatbuilder friend. Wonderful woods, some great detail design and the very best fitting of a windsurfer rig to a dinghy that I have ever seen.
Fyne Boat Kits has an excellent reputation for customer service and quality. I am happy to announce that they will be gradually phased in as the UK Agents for storerboats kits, plans and materials.
Csaba Mezai, storerboatplan’s agent in Hungary translated my plans into Magyar (Hungarian). He also runs by far the biggest website in that language - www.hajoepitok.hu which includes a very active forum. It is seven or 8 minutes long looking at the Eureka, discussing the Quick Canoe and OzRacer simple sailboat and discussing the plans are at about [...]
This OzRacer mk2 has a number of changes from the original design, but Bob has pulled it off. The biggest risk is that the windsurfer mast might break because it is not meant to be supported in this way – it is meant to be held up higher by the arms of the sailor. Additionally [...]
Some basic questions were asked on my forum about the design of amas. There are so many permutation of ama length, crossbeam width, ama volume with performance ranging from very poor to very good. But what are some of the basic criteria?
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A few photos and a short report from Hungary. They held their first wooden boat messabout. 30 people, 10 boats and a big pot of homemade goulash!
Paul Haslett is putting together a google map showing as many Goat Island Skiffs as possible. If you want to be on the map you can contact me.
I used to work at DuckFlat many years ago. Now they are one of my main Australian plans agents. I visited them in Adelaide. Photo and text of a fast plywood trimaran, 40ft steam liveaboard boat, kayak, rowboat and a Hartley Powerboat restoration
There are a number of different suppliers in different areas. You can of course build direct from the plan and mark out the shapes. We have a system that minimises the chance of errors. However these suppliers all produce very good kits for Storerboats.
OzRacerRV plan now available – sailboat simplicity simplified – Nice photos of Mk2 OzRacer in Hungary
Finally I finished the plan for the new OzRacer RV. It is a much simpler build of the original OzRacer concept so will be very attractive to people looking for a first boat. Plans are still the old $20 but even more detail than before. Order the plans for the simple and cheap OzRacer RV [...]
The Quick Canoe Electric is a simple to build cartoppable square back canoe. It can be quickly and simply built in plywood. Peter Caspari’s boat is shown here.
OzRacer-RV … new version – simpler build, leeboard and better for kids or adults (still not a PDRacer)
The OzRacer Mk3 has been rebranded as the OzRacer RV. Detailed plan – a boatbuilding course in a book for $20 each. So now racing sailors can use the OzRacer Mk2 and cruising sailors can use the OzRacer RV plan. The RV is no slouch though – it won the World titles in 2010.
The rudderbox design I use has distinct advantages over normal swinging rudder setups. Once you try this design you will never be satisfied with a swinging blade again. But some of the details are important!
In the late 70s as a sailing teenager I drew boats on every available paper surface. A new book “a lighter ton” describes the exciting development of racing yachts to create newer, lighter, faster and cheaper and FUNNER boats. Many of the developments were from New Zealand designers such as Bruce Farr, Paul Whiting and Laurie Davidson. A new book by Richard Blakey covers this exciting experimental period in yacht design
From the 2012 Goat Island Skiff Calendar. Goat Island Skiff Coffee mugs.
We have a Calendar for the Goat Island Skiff! It was created in the last month from photos provided by owners and builders and friends of the Goat Island Skiff. Out of 60 images we voted for the best ones using facebook. And now we have a really nice Calendar!
Fast building two plywood Quick Canoes in one week to paddle touring the Loire River in France – Part 1
The above photo was taken on the third day of our Canoeing trip on the Loire River in France. The two black canoes didn’t even exist a week ago. When I wrote the original article on Disposable Canoeing I had no idea at all what it would lead to me and a bunch of adventurers, wine and cheese connoisseurs. Most of us didn’t even know each other! The picture above is the result of this adventurism, but what happened to make it happen? What technology was involved to make the boats faster to build than most stitch and glue boats and what weather conditions did we have to overcome to make it all happen.
The first New Zealand Goat Island Skiff has been launched by Ian Howeth. He has taken a year to build it as spare time became available. It was launched during the Xmas break