Why are these plans FREE? Because I want people to know just how good correctly proportioned touring paddles can be. Most of the paddles sold commercially are based heavily on racing models, which are fine if you are in training and only want to go 500 metres at the highest possible speed. For the rest of us there is a better balance available when we might be paddling for several hours or where the boat may be loaded. The oars were drawn to fit the Goat Island Skiff, but will fit other boats of a similar width.
The MSD Rowboat is very pretty, reasonably light and easy to build. The specifications are here but the article also runs through the design process from client consultation including some of the designers missteps before a very nice boat is finalised.
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.
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.
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!
Jani is a friend of Perttu in Finland.Jani wanted a boat for rowing and fishing. He built a Quick Canoe and modified it with outriggers and also worked out a scheme where it can carry one or two people simply by changing the bow.Maybe it is so clever because Jani is an Industrial Designer!
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.
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.
Juan Carlos has been building his Goat Island Skiff for about a year.He has just put up a photo series of his boat launching.The rest of the words and pictures are from Juan Carlos.
I was sitting in Chuck’s car as we were driving to the Lake Conroe Messabout. I knew that he had some plans for the Texas 200 event – to extend the concept and starting a new small boat festival on the Texas coast in a couple of years.This is a podcast of that interview.
[Translate] Well a mind-boggling day today. Set is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/boatmik…7622312609441/ Some of the “Coots” boating group organised a joint trip for four of us to Astoria (named after the Astor Family who made their money in the fur industry a couple of hundred years ago. We got up early and went to meet Long 龍 […]
[Translate] It is a long weekend here and I have finally commited some time to developing up a boat that builds on the lessons from the PDRacer. We have seen three PDRacers sail 200 miles along the Texas coast fover an 5 day period and this prompted the discussion about what the lessons were. For […]
[Translate] One of the new launchings of the Goat Island Skiff had a problem with a slippery floor… Here is my favourite suggestion. Nice way to deal with it is the same way we did the PDRacers. I couldnt find he pics on the building thread. You varnish the cockpit floor normally. Then mask off […]
Interview with Michael Storer on why Australian boats are different.
[Translate] The Spring School is underway. About 15 people, around 10 projects. A couple of days ago it was just a big empty space. Now there are boats sprouting everywhere. Storer boats, Oughtred boats, Redmond boats, Bear Mountain boats You can see my pics on Flickr – about 600 of a whole bunch of different […]