Mark Milam’s gorgeous wooden Duck – an OzRacer RV sailboat

The OzRacer RV sailboat is meant to be a very simple boat that can be homebuilt. Most build it to get on the water quickly, but Mark Milam has done an amazing job of overseeing a project combining his work with that of a boatbuilder friend. Wonderful woods, some great detail design and the very best fitting of a windsurfer rig to a dinghy that I have ever seen.

The Canon – Tools for thinking about sailing and boat design – Books and Articles

One of the most important things as a designer or sailor is to keep an open mind, but also to be able to analyze things in light of real experience and prior knowledge. This article, after a bit of a spiel, goes on to give some great resources that “opened my eyes” at different times in my life. They focus on areas of structural design, sailing, sail aerodynamics and touch on a bit more.

Rules of thumb for boat and yacht design – are they legitimate?

There are lots of tips for building and designing boats on the net. “Rules of thumb” are often quoted to help with the calculation of how much sail or how much keel or centreboard area or how big a mast is allowed to be and many other areas. Can a boat be stretched or shrunk or lengthened? But how correct are they? Are they the best guide?

WIKI for setting up and tuning Lug and Sprit Rigs

The conservative viewpoint is that traditional rigs are not very efficient. However allied to efficient hulls and set up correctly, lug and sprit rigs can be very efficient indeed – not too much slower than “modern” rigs, particularly when the same lessons are applied to trad sails and way cheaper. This is a WIKI drawn from the group on the Storerboats forum discussions on setting up lug and sprit rigs for best performance building on the information in my webpage.
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“All boat design is a compromise” – Rubbish

Reprint of an article I wrote a few years ago for Watercraft magazine in the UK. The article points out why I think most of the discussion about boat design being a “compromise” is rubbish and taking that point of view means that the design is sure to be compromised. What happens if we don’t accept the compromise?

Goat Island Skiff Launching 2 – Woodeneye in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

Bruce in New South Wales, Australia has launched his Goat Island Skiff plywood sailing dinghy at Port Stephens. They had a nice day sailing around but capsized the boat by accident when someone tripped up. Ooops. I am still not sure who is to blame! We are still waiting for launch day pics to be retrieved from the waterlogged camera.

Is the OzRacer (formerly Oz PDRacer) a good looking boat? Part 1

A little bit of writing how form in boat design seldom follows function in terms of what “looks good”. It was prompted by a discussion about whether the PDR is good looking or not. My Podcasts on design also cover this idea to a greater depth – they are in the menu at the top of each page.

Podcast Online – Wooden Boat Design by Michael Storer – 1 of 3

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.

Gyula Launches his OzRacer (formerly Oz PDRacer) in Romania

Gyula Ferencz (hope I have remembered his family name correctly) has launched the second OZ PDR with the lug sail. The boat sails very nicely and seems to pass the other boat easily. Gyula should be proud. (he does look proud in the close up!) That is one great looking boat!!!! The sail looks fantastic […]

Second interview up on FurledSails.com

The first part was up last week. This week we talk about traditional vs modern sailtypes – everyone knows I am a fan of trad rigs because of their low cost – but here I go into the influences on the other side. I love the efficiency of modern rigs so I use all the […]