A Fenwick Williams catboat carefully reinterpreted in Cedar Strip. Includes cleaner structure, optimised foils and a tabernacle rig that allows raising of the mast by one person. Built by David Wilson at Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide.
Achieve best Cost/Performance with Traditional Sailing Rigs – Balance, standing lugs and sprit rig sails
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?
Wearing lifejackets and how to get kids to wear them too! Personal Flotation Devices – PFD1, PFD2, PFD3
Three times in my life I have gone sailing in small boats without a lifejacket. Two times the boat sank. One time I capsized and found that swimming and trying to get back on the boat is very difficult in FRESH water. Also a hint about how to get kids to wear their lifejackets … wear YOURS!
[Translate] Many people want to learn how to sail or have done a course in sailing and want to get their own boat. The two best options are below – this page concentrates on the second one! 1/ You can build one of my boats (I know … you were expecting me to say that!). […]
[Translate] Birdsmouth masts are a really neat method of making a hollow round or elliptical mast. The mast is made of staves which have a 90 degree notch cut out of the stave’s side with a router or using a table saw. For a round mast, identical staves are made up then held together with […]
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.
Never join boat decks the way you join up panels in a house. Cracks and big failures will result.
[Translate] Where restoring a traditionally built boat it is important to replace parts of the structure of a similar size to those that are being replaced or missing. Those sizes are termed “scantlings” The dominant source of this type of information for traditionally built workboats in Australia is the USL Code. It would probably be […]
When is it worth fixing an old racing dinghy and when is it best to ditch it?
The rudderbox design I use has distinct advantages over normal swinging rudder setups. Once you try this design you will never be satisfied with a swinging blade again. But some of the details are important!
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
John Goodman and I sailed the immaculate Goat Island Skiff he built from my plan in the Texas 200.The boat showed itself to be one of the faster in the fleet despite loading up such a short boat with food, water and camping gear for six days with little outside support.We played with sailing the boat by the lee – a method used by racing boats to gain both speed and control.I document the method here including a video showing how the angle of heel can be controlled using the mainsheet.
Photos and slideshow from the Goolwa Wooden Boatshow 2011.Over 250 boats – mostly in the water. Wooden hydroplanes, “restricted 21s”, riverboats, putt putt launches, classic sailing boats, kayaks, canoes and more.I had the quick canoe, the eureka canoe and the OzRacer on the stand that was shared with Duck Flat Wooden Boats and Boatcraft Pacific. Good time was had by all.
This talk is the first hour of my exposition on boat building and design. There are two more parts to come. This covers some of the background and design issues. The second is more on the building side and the last is a bit more about why the Australian (and New Zealand) wooden boat tradition is different from the Northern Hemisphere.You can stream the talks over your internet connection or download them as a podcast.
[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] Duckflat have started work on Kirribilli for a consortium of owners. Keel is off – boat is upside down – hull is half stripped and half splined – starboard side. I’m assisting with the technical side. If the end result is as nice as the work Duck Flat and I did on our last […]
[Translate] This is the story as we understand it so far … “Kirribilli” was built for the 1956 Olympics by a consortium from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and built a few doors down from the club. She is a beautiful 5.5 metre yacht built by Bill Barnett, one of the great Australian boatbuilders from […]
I wrote this because the Star Class is one of my all time favourite boats. Crazy, fast, wonderful.Would it be possible to homebuild a simplified construction boat in plywood and cedar strip and still hit a similar weight and stiffness as competitive boats, but at a much lower cost?