Ian Henehan worked out this 12ft Goose Version and launched it into 20 knot winds. You can check the video to see that this is probably correct. It certainly is, despite the poor camera angle which changes a few times the boat is fairly smoking along on a reach at one point with fine drifting […]
Just for the hell of it, Stephen put a 2hp outboard on the back of his Electric Quick Canoe. Watch the boat fly in the video. Speed with little or no fuss. Also a discussion of hullforms for different speed ranges.
Over the years we have been slowly and carefully developing the balance lug rigs we use.on the OzRacers, the BETH sailing canoe and the Goat Island Skiff. For a long time we have offered the best page on the net to assist setup of small boat lugsails. Now a new page with many updates
Nice little video showing the easy speed of the Goat Island Skiffs in moderate conditions. Venue is the Small Reach Regatta. It also shows the standard cat rig and the optional Yawl rig.
OK … it IS a rant. But it was prompted by the very legitimate question about why have a mizzen sail. But sadly I descend into a rant about how expense is a really poor predictor of performance.
Csaba Mezai, storerboatplan’s agent in Hungary translated my plans into Magyar (Hungarian). He also runs by far the biggest website in that language – www.hajoepitok.hu which includes a very active forum. It is seven or 8 minutes long looking at the Eureka, discussing the Quick Canoe and OzRacer simple sailboat and discussing the plans are at about […]
Some examples of sailing nicely in the Goat Island Skiff, reversing, sailing at nice speed in comfortable conditions. Locations are San Diego, Australia, Texas, Florida and Maine
A small collection of the many videos of the Goat Island Skiff Planing fast in different places around the world.
Gyula, who built the first European OzRacer in 2008 wants to modify it for an outboard motor. This modification will work for most OzRacers, Oz Goose, PDGoose and PDRacers.
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 RV […]
John Goodman and I sailed the immaculate Goat Island Skiff he built from my plan in the Texas 200. The boat showed itself to be one of the faster in the fleet despite loading up such a short boat with food, water and camping gear for six days with little outside support. We played with sailing the boat by the lee – a method used by racing boats to gain both speed and control. I document the method here including a video showing how the angle of heel can be controlled using the mainsheet.
More videos of John Goodman’s Yawl Rigged Goat Island Skiff. He is trying out some rigging variations to see if we can simplify the building of the yawl rig version. At the moment this is inconclusive, but wow, he got some good videos
Cameras, digicams, video cameras are fun on boats, but it is hard to get good pics of yourselves sailing the boat or the boat doing its stuff nicely. John Goodman and Family built their Goat Island Skiff GIR and sailed it in the Texas 200 event as well as some solo river cruising. They used a camera boom to great advantage – to move the camera away from the boat. Another alternative is a wide angle lens which can produce dramatic effects for marine photography but the toom seems much more useful. It works well with the steadying of anti-shake electronics.
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.
A new plan specifically for an electric trolling motor. 5 to 6mph from a 34lb thrust Minn Kota. This is a purpose designed low power boat for daytrips and fishing. The plans are $30 and many will be able to build the boat for less than $200.
For the Goose – a first sailing report in moderate winds – and it works. Also a free plan for a ketch/yawl version, and … … Michael goes on a bit about the real differences between a ketch and a yawl
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.
Robert Hoffman has been busy using his BETH sailing canoe that he built over a cold Polish winter. There are now videos. I have also linked to all my videos on youtube – so you can see many storerboats sailing.