A bunch of photos of Robert Hoffman sailing his Beth Canoe.He built it over winter but now is enjoying Spring.
Exciting News, John and David Goodman finished the Texas200 event in their lime green Goat Island skiff.Five days and 200 miles up the Texas coast dodging huge barges and commercial traffic.They had a great time and are very happy with the performance of the Goat
Another Quick Canoe built in less than a week. This time by Clinton.He shows how quick and cheap the boat can be. Probably our friends from the Americas can build for about half this price for the same materials quality.
John in Texas built his Goat Island Skiff from a kit made by Clinton Chase. They are experimenting with a yawl version of the Goat.They had a launch and a capsize by the dock.The boat is a great lime green. I used to have a lime green NS14 dinghy that I enjoyed so much some of the design input went into the goat.
Bruce in New South Wales, Australia has launched his Goat Island Skiff plywood sailing dinghy at Port Stephens.They had a nice day sailing around but capsized the boat by accident when someone tripped up. Ooops.I am still not sure who is to blame!We are still waiting for launch day pics to be retrieved from the waterlogged camera.
Bobwes has been using his Goat Island Skiff over the last weeks.It is brightly coloured and looks pretty great.
Cliff and PJ live in Warm Queensland and Wintry Tasmania. However they both like to go the the yearly (June) wooden boat festival in tropical Far North Queensland.This year they decided to build one of my Quick Canoes. They started on Saturday and finished including putting the canoe on the car roof by the following thursday.They are experienced woodworkers so added some very nice details.
Christophe has launched his Goat Island Skiff in New Hampshire. A very nice looking boat.
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.
Clint Chase in Maine is about to make a batch of oars that are suitable for Storerboats. They are nicely balanced with the right amount of spring.He needs to do a batch to make it cost effective, so if you are interested in some handcrafted oars contact him to see which sizes he will be making first.
Perttu is building his Quick Canoe in almost impossible conditions.The middle of the Finnish Winter.But the boat is going together well. He is building it very cheaply out of ply and polyester resin.
Clinton Chase in Portland Maine has just delivered a precut kit for the Goat Island Skiff to John in Texas who is building the boat.The kit arrived in a big box.This little article tells how his kids are involved in the boatbuilding starting with attaching the framing to the accurately cut plywood. He knows the rule that it is more important what the kids learn and experience than it is to minimise the use of wood!
This is a list of the latest posts on the Storerboats Forum.It has information about building, discussions about design, photos of buildings and launchings and much more.A main interest is tweaking the best possible performance out of traditional looking boats.
Winter has been really harsh in North America.It has even been snowing in Texas – and not just a little bit.Kenny and family (more north than Texas) are really active on the PDRacer front but like many others are getting cabin fever from being icebound inside their houses.So during one of the better days … there was boating to be done – but not boating as we know it, Jim.
The plywood “disposable” canoe (see here) has been renamed the more salubrious “Quick Canoe”. I quite liked the name of “Disposable Canoe” but I agreed with the critique that it hinted at something that was poor quality rather than simple and Easy.It has been designed to be as easy to build as possible while keeping some of the qualities of a good paddling canoe – in particular the ability to track.