BETH sailing canoe is design #1. Light enough to cartop and at home in a club fleet of lasers. Much easier and lighter to set up and sail than a Laser. Really only recommended to experienced dinghy sailors.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The dot in the bay above is Perttu’s Microcruiser sailboat on a three day trip on the extensive Finnish waterways.The boat is tiny – 8ft long and is based on my successful OzRacer design (formerly OZ PDRacer)It is a brilliant concept and sails well upwind and down on inland waters.
This podcast/mp3 talks about why Australian (and New Zealand) wooden boatbuilding is different from the rest of the world..Click to listen to the talk. This is the third of three.
Invitation to a Talk by Boat Designer Michael StorerAt Clint Chase Boatbuilder, 25 Deblois Street, Portland, Maine Sunday Nov 1st @ 11am-1pm, Bring Boats and Questions After some food and chat, Michael will talk to us about making our boats better…
[Translate] It is the first boat he has built and Alex is not necessarily taking the quickest way. But he is reporting daily about his building and his ruminations on different subjects. It is a very popular boatbuilding item on the OZ woodwork forum. There have been around 13000 views of his thread already and […]
[Translate] From Koala in Slovenia! He launched his green PDR onto a local river and invited fellow PDR builder Theodor to the launch. Neither of them has sailed before … and they had a great time. Well, we had a launch day on monday!! Beautiful weather, nice wind at first. And it was great. Theodor […]
XXXX is a beer from Queensland. They decided to have a promotion based on home boatbuilding a few years back. This page was my attempt to capture some of the interest.The problems was … the promotion wasn’t very interesting. I think one bunch of blokes built one boat. It is on youtube I think.
[Translate] Some time ago I received this pic of the GIS that Olivier Chamel is building in Florida. Anyway, I was showing some of the PDR and GIS video clips to someone today and noticed that there are some mysterious new videos on youtube. I just tried to track some details down about Olivier, but […]
[Translate] Most quality boatbuilding epoxy manufacturers have a structural boatbuilding product. They normally are “high solids” boatbuilding epoxies that have uneven resin to hardener ratios (2:1, 3:1, 4:1 or 5:1) which you have to add powder to make a glue or filleting mix The same companies often produce pregelled products that are mixed in a […]
[Translate] Chris came to Duck Flat Wooden Boats with plans to fix up an old riverboat hull he had bought. Duck Flat contacted me for some help I helped go over the boat and work out how much it had deteriorated. Basically everything above decks was in poor condition but the inside of the hull […]