Reefing a balance lug sail

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.
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First sailing photos of low cost sails for Storerboats

After a week or so of bad sailing weather, Daniel in Uruguay got out on the water in Piriapolis harbour to try out his new sail from ReallySimpleSails.com in the Philippines. The idea is to halve the price of sails for my plans so that it is even more economical to build a storerboat. This can save $300 plus

Goat Island Skiff Calendar 2012 – sunsets, UK, USA, Australia

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!

Ocean Explorer – a micro cruising sailboat for inland waters from Perttu Korhonen

The dot in the bay above is Perttu’s Microcruiser sailboat on a three day trip on the extensive Finnish waterways. The boat is tiny – 8ft long and is based on my successful OzRacer design (formerly OZ PDRacer) It is a brilliant concept and sails well upwind and down on inland waters.

A few more pics of the GIS yawl in the Texas 200 Mile event.

[Translate] Plan info – yawl rig info, please contact me. John and Mark are pretty happy with the Goat Island Skiff Yawl. You can see some of the story here Goat Island Skiff Plywood Boat sails 200 miles up the Texas Coast. There are some more pics Nice woodworking detail in that one above! For […]

Goat Island Skiff Launching 3 – John’s CNC yawl version in Texas

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.

New plywood “Quick Canoe” plan builds in as little as 4.5 hours (or a couple of weekends)

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.

MSD Rowboat in Brisbane. Built by Tom

Tom has built his MSD Rowboat in Brisbane. I met up with him recently and we drove down to the coast towing the rowboat to the river at Nudgee. A bit of wind and a lot of current because of all the rain. Tom has trimmed down the skeg to get the boat to balance nicely in all directions. Before the modification the bow used to blow around – now it behaves nicely. I took quite a few pictures.

An Epic Poem about the PDRacers that sail 200 miles up the Texas coast each year

[Translate] OZ Racer plan information The PDRacers have a saga published at Duckworks about the Texas 200 (the 200 mile sailing event up the Texas Coast). It is not by a Ducker but by one impressed by them. EXTRACT The Mighty Ducks clung to the port, with all manner and various sort of other craft […]

Podcast Online – Wooden Boat Construction by Michael Storer – 2 of 3

This is the second of my talks in the USA. It focuses a bit more on construction and some of the methods that can be used to keep a boat light and simple, but very strong and stiff. It also discusses how there is a “creep” in boatbuilding and design that increases the weight of boats way over what is really needed for a strong structure.

USA Day 14 – Walk up a Slot Canyon in the Colorado River Canyon

[Translate] Well after a chatty night around the fire and a feast (killer broccolli salad, Michelle and Mike not to mention about 5 other dishes contributed by others) we all headed to bed and this is what I saw out of the tent door in the morning. I am sleeping on rock (using an air […]

USA Day 13 – Salt Lake City to Lake Powell

[Translate] Well … this is the section where I leave Oregon and go to Utah to paddle a canoe on Lake Powell .. a dammed in section of the Colorado River. This is the travelling bit … where I meet new friends and old internet friends. Thanks particularly from the people in Salt Lake City, […]

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

[Translate] 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 […]

BETH Sailing Canoe being built by Norm in Toronto

[Translate] 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 […]