Malcolm Eggins, boat builder and designer has passed away. A small tribute to one of the many people that has influenced me and many other sailors and designers. He was a part of the development of Moths, NS14s, VJs, VeeEsses and many other Australian racing dingies as a builder and designer along with his son Darryl. He won several State Championships.
I used to work at DuckFlat many years ago. Now they are one of my main Australian plans agents. I visited them in Adelaide. Photo and text of a fast plywood trimaran, 40ft steam liveaboard boat, kayak, rowboat and a Hartley Powerboat restoration
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.
You can pay money for dry bags to store gear in when canoeing, kayaking or sailing. Or pay even more for buoyancy bags that keep you boat afloat after capsize. Here Ian tells us how we can make our own cheaply.
A few more pictures from the duckflat spring school. Boats from Oughtred, Storer, CLC, White and Wooden Boat Magazine
I am currently helping at the twice yearly duck flat boatbuilding school in Adelaide. There are boats designed by me, Oughtred, CLC Kayaks, Joel White and Woodenboat. People are from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Perth.
[Translate] We are 5 days in. the first pics show an empty area .. after day 6 now … we have boats everywhere. There is one GIS, two Eureka Canoes, an Oughtred Tamie Norrie, a Granny Pram and a stretched Fulmar, a rowing shell restoration and a Bolger diablo powerboat (pic below) More details later. […]
[Translate] There has been a fantastic discussion about some of the racing possibilities of balance lug rigs on my forum I have learned a huge amount from sailing my BETH sailing canoe and the Goat Island Skiffs over the years, but recently ran into Brian who uses a lug rig for racing traditional British boats. […]
[Translate] I am helping with the teaching in a ten day boatbuilding school in Adelaide Australia. 10 boats 12 students – all off to a flying start. Most are from interstate. Varying levels of skill. Most haven’t built a boat before. A couple have woodwork or home renovation skills. I will post more info here […]
[Translate] 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 […]
[Translate] Furled Sails – They call themselves the “World’s First Sailing Podcast” based in North America. Anyway, last week Christy and Noel called me up chatted to me for a couple of hours. So they have an interview with me on their site followed by a part 2 next week. This looks like the permanent […]
[Translate] The Spring School is underway. About 15 people, around 10 projects. A couple of days ago it was just a big empty space. Now there are boats sprouting everywhere. Storer boats, Oughtred boats, Redmond boats, Bear Mountain boats You can see my pics on Flickr – about 600 of a whole bunch of different […]
[Translate] Duck Flat Wooden Boats in conjunction with Michael Storer Wooden Boat Plans will be running a 10 day boat building Autumn School. April 16 to 26th at Goolwa on the Murray River – Adelaide Australia. http://www.storerboatplans.com/Boatbuildingclass.html This image is from the class in October last year. For people who have never built anything before […]
[Translate] A bit of a hobbyhorse here. The picture right is of my Goat Island Skiff (GIS) design. A nice, quick sailing, spacious, but easy to build sailing skiff. People tend to think it looks pretty nice too. A fellow who built one of the GISs wanted to shrink the boat because of limited building […]
[Translate] I was asked by the people at Duck Flat Wooden Boats whether I would be interested in teaching at their Spring School. It is their first one for a few years and has the purpose of “getting people excited about boatbuilding”. I must admit that was pretty well how it went. 12 different projects […]