23ft dayboat launch - easy build in plywood 10hp high thrust outboard - by wharf on sydney harbour

23ft (6.5m) Dayboat Cabin Launch – beautiful and simple

Dayboat Launch 23ft (6.5m) by Stephen Foster – great photos of a fantastic looking boat. It is a very simplified hull – basically a square box, but I’ve done my normal trick of making it look rather nice. And Stephen’s clever adaptation of the cabin is just excellent!

First Goat Island Skiff in New Zealand

The first New Zealand Goat Island Skiff has been launched by Ian Howeth. He has taken a year to build it as spare time became available. It was launched during the Xmas break

Goat Island Skiff in Victoria – Dete Hasse and his boys (and the value of reefing

Dete Hasse and his family built a Goat Island Skiff in Geelong, Victoria a while ago. He has just written to me about his experiences trying to sail on Port Phillip Bay and more happily on the recently refilled (the drought is over!) Lake Eppalock. Also he makes some good comments about reefing and how it changes an overpowered boat into a much more rriendly beast in stronger winds.

Boat Trailers

I like boat trailers that have other functions too. One way is to adapt another type of trailer – like a conventional box trailer at least for smaller boats. An alternative is to go for something very “bare bones”. One thing that makes a boat trailer more useful for different boats is to have a […]

Can the GIS be Roofracked?

Well, it is light enough, but maybe have a close look at this series of photos from Simon Wein. Actually the pictures of the boat upside down on the roof makes it look very much like some of the Australian and NZ racing dinghies – like a Cherub or NS14. That’s my sailing background – […]

A canal and river boat for Venice

The smaller 23ft Dayboat/Launch was expanded to make the 27ft Venezia Riverboat to create more space.  And it is more portable than the 35ft Riverboat. Pierangelo contacted me earlier this year.  He liked the strong aesthetics of my dayboat design – below, but wanted more space. He was attracted by the look and simple construction of […]