Boatbuilding experience with Epoxy vs other Glues – a 30 year review

I’ve been in and around wooden race and recreational boats for a few decades now. As a designer who sells plans I can really only direct people towards the most tried and true methods that work just about anywhere. This article explains a large part of experience that leads to my approach.
Fast plywood ferry boat in plywood - labuan island Malaysia

Philippine Boat Builders and Plywood – aesthetic and sophisticated

Slightly arrogant I! I vist the Philippines then Malaysia and also find a large community of Filipino boat builders there. I find they know much more than me about boat design and varieties. Stunning mix of different boats from curvaceous to plywood and boxy. But Gosh … the shapes they come up with!

Mark Milam’s gorgeous wooden Duck – an OzRacer RV sailboat

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.

Philippines Dugout Canoes for rapids and rocks – Pagsanjan Falls

I am in the Philippines at the moment. I took five days out to go to the area where one of my Australian Filipino friends has her hometown. The general area is Laguna, I was staying at Lumban and nearby was a canoe trip to Pagsanjan falls. I was really interested to see the local boats and to see how they might relate to the timber boats that existed previously. The boats are elegant and very well suited to their environment. Paddling and motor canoes are used on a daily basis.

Looking for plans of Rickard Sarby’s Olympic Finn Dinghy in wood

The Finn Dinghy has been one of the most important of the racing classes over the past six decades. It was always in the forefront of sailing developments. One fellow contacted asking if there were plans to build a Finn dinghy … and I was able to find a partial answer.

Book – “A lighter ton” – New Zealand racing yacht design in the 1970s

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

A week fast building two Quick Canoes for touring the Loire 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.

How much fiberglass will prevent most damage to my ply or timber canoe or sailing dinghy?

How much fibreglass is really necessary to prevent damage to a plywood boat for most users? For a long time I’ve been suspicious that both designers and builders are in a never ending spiral of more and more heavier fibreglass. I argue, with data from the Turner designed Jarcat, that the weights of glass are clearly excessive for most uses and users of small boats.

The Canon – Tools for thinking about sailing and boat design – Books and Articles

One of the most important things as a designer or sailor is to keep an open mind, but also to be able to analyze things in light of real experience and prior knowledge. This article, after a bit of a spiel, goes on to give some great resources that “opened my eyes” at different times in my life. They focus on areas of structural design, sailing, sail aerodynamics and touch on a bit more.

Rules of thumb for boat and yacht design – are they legitimate?

There are lots of tips for building and designing boats on the net. “Rules of thumb” are often quoted to help with the calculation of how much sail or how much keel or centreboard area or how big a mast is allowed to be and many other areas. Can a boat be stretched or shrunk or lengthened? But how correct are they? Are they the best guide?

Quick Canoe Precut Ply Kits Available in the USA

John Owen Woodworks in the USA is now producing kits for the Quick Canoe 155. This boat is designed to be a real alternative to a basic fibreglass canoe, but will be lighter and usually much cheaper. Some have built one in very few hours.