A whole bunch of strategies for lightweighting a plywood stitch and glue canoe. In this case a Storer Boat Plans Eureka Canoe. Standard build is around 44lbs. Ten lbs were saved to bring the weight down to 34 or 15k
Eureka Plywood Canoes are Light and very Pretty. They also paddle well. Standard build comes out around 45 to 50lbs. But weights of around 34lbs have been achieved with care. Stitch and glue method.
Planing and downwind speed is a practiced skill. But the 8ft OzRacer and the 12ft OzGoose have strikingly different behavour. Goose planes easily in light wind. OzRacer needs a lot more wind and jumps up and down in speed.
A discussion about basic pros and cons for swinging centreboards. And dagger centreboards. Centre Board means the board is in the centre. Which is different from a Lee board which is too the side.
Traditional Sailing Rigs and Cost/Performance – Balance lugs, standing lugs and sprit rig sails – Tuning setup
A guide for choosing cheaper alternative rigs. Balance Lug, Standing Lug, Sprit, Lateen and more. These rigs typically save a lot of money over conventional sailplans and set up right offer much the same performance. They respond to the same principles. Are boomless sails OK?
How sailing and paddling canoe shapes differ.How traditional canoe designs work really well and a lot of modern ones don’t.Building a canoe – is ply or cedar strip better?How to build a lightweight canoe – selection of materials – ply vs strip plank and timber speciesBooks for canoebuilding.
FAQ – Building a strip canoe or kayak that can handle some impact in the surf or with rocks. Cedar Paulownia
[Translate] This was a discussion about how to build a boat in terms of impact. Such as beach landings in sea kayaks or hitting rocks in rapids in strip canoes or kayaks. Quote: In Nick Shades “The strip-built Sea kayak” there is a great analogy of the timber/glass construction with a metal I-beam and the […]
Building boats from older plans often adds a lot of labour and materials cost. Some old plans are great. But many are utter rubbish. Having a living designer or other people building the same boat is really useful for most builders.
[Translate] I was writing about this around 2004 when Paulownia first started becoming available from Plantations in Australia. Well before the current boom in its use for framing and hulls of dinghies, yachts and other boats. Paulownia is a very lightweight timber from China that has started to become available in quantity in Australia and […]
FAQ – Discussion about what materials to select for a strip planked boat in Australia – cedar, paulownia, jarrah, Hoop pine, Poplar
Ultralight strip planked boats using Paulownia, Balsa and Western Red Cedar. Superlight Eureka Canoe and Goat Island Skiff and the amazing 12lb balsa canoe
When is it worth fixing an old racing dinghy and when is it best to ditch it?
Canoe Video resource. Paddling canoes, Electric canoes, Sailing Canoes. Drop in rigs to make any canoe work as a sailboat.
Full list of storerboat plans for sail, rowing, paddling, fishing and overnight stays. Plans for most boats are very comprehensive and the boats look just right despite simple construction methods.
Peter’s Blog about building two quick canoes. Includes a couple of camping/touring photoessays. The Quick canoe is very quick to build.
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!
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.
[Translate] 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 […]
David Graybeal of Harbor Woodworks in Portland, Oregon built a pair of my wooden paddles from the free plansSee the link in the left column. Simple, but look way nicer than other simple paddles.