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Plywood boat building – scarfs or buttstraps

[Translate] Generally a designer will specify a range of joins that will suit the boat. Butt joins with Butt blocks for plywood boats. Also called Butt straps. I specify butt straps because they are simpler, faster and have a neat result for amateurs every time. But I do place them in the hull where they […]
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OzGoose – Inexpensive family sailboat or club training and racing boat.

The Oz Goose is now a fully self contained plan and building is booming. It can hit speeds of 13 knot, is an excellent trainer and teaching boat with three adults aboard or a family sailer with two adults and a bunch of kids. It is lighter than a Laser Dinghy and it is possible to build up to five or ten of them for the same price as that Laser.
speed with an electric trolling motor - simple boat designed specifically goes for family picnic

Joe’s family picnic on the Snohomish – Quick Canoe Electric

What is revolutionary about a day sightseeing? The boat is driven easily at reasonable speed with a small electric trolling motor – some are well under 200 dollars. It doesn’t require a trailer. It comes from three sheets of exterior plywood. Costs are down on every front. And the family is happy! Snohomish Estuary
OzRacer sails in Hungary

OzRacerRV plan available – more simplification – Nice photos Hungarian Ozracers

[Translate] Finally I finished the plan for the new OzRacer RV.  It is a much simpler build of the original OzRacer concept so will be very attractive to people looking for a first boat.  Plans are still the old $20 but even more detail than before.  Order the plans for the simple and cheap OzRacer […]

Book – “A lighter ton” – New Zealand racing yacht design in the 1970s

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

A week fast building two Quick Canoes for touring the Loire in France – Part 1

The above photo was taken on the third day of our Canoeing trip on the Loire River in France. The two black canoes didn’t even exist a week ago. When I wrote the original article on Disposable Canoeing I had no idea at all what it would lead to me and a bunch of adventurers, wine and cheese connoisseurs. Most of us didn’t even know each other! The picture above is the result of this adventurism, but what happened to make it happen? What technology was involved to make the boats faster to build than most stitch and glue boats and what weather conditions did we have to overcome to make it all happen.

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.

Video of Quick Canoe in Hungary.

A video of the Quick Canoe in action. My Agent in Hungary who sells plans in both English and Hungarian has launched the first Quick Canoe in those parts. It is designed as a very simple and easy to build boat. It is not a perfect high performance boat, but the numbers have been worked out to give good performance despite the simple shape. It won’t be as good as the best fibreglass canoe, but it will be better than many average ones. And much cheaper and lighter.

“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?

Setting up for performance – Balance Lug – Goat Island Skiff

John Goodman who recently spent 5 days semi racing a Goat Island Skiff in the Texas200 event got back to me with some observations and even some pictures of aspects of the boat and the sailing. I have responded with suggestions to make some further improvements. Between John and me there are some useful tips about setting up a boat for more speed. However the standard setup of the Goat is fine for most – it is still pretty quick in standard form. There is advice for both lug and sprit traditional rigs here.