23ft dayboat launch - easy build in plywood 10hp high thrust outboard - by wharf on sydney harbour

23ft (6.5m) Dayboat Cabin Launch – beautiful and simple

Dayboat Launch 23ft (6.5m) by Stephen Foster – great photos of a fantastic looking boat. It is a very simplified hull – basically a square box, but I’ve done my normal trick of making it look rather nice. And Stephen’s clever adaptation of the cabin is just excellent!
Tornado - composite NS14 by Malcolm Eggins - composite hull, inlaid plywood deck

Thankyou Malcolm Eggins, designer and builder of sophisticated racing dinghies

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.

Visit to Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide.

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

Goat Island Skiff Calendar 2012 – sunsets, UK, USA, Australia

We have a Calendar for the Goat Island Skiff! It was created in the last month from photos provided by owners and builders and friends of the Goat Island Skiff. Out of 60 images we voted for the best ones using facebook. And now we have a really nice Calendar!

Slideshow of boats from the Lake Macquarie Classic Boatfest

AlexN, who is building an Oz Racer and I drove up to Toronto at Lake Macquarie for the Classic Boatfest 2011. I think I will go again in 2012 and try to have a boat to sail around. Shows on the water are the nicest type and this one has good access for small sailing boats and canoes. We met up with Bruce (Woodeneye on the storerboats forum) who had is “for sale” Goat Island Skiff.

Photos from Goolwa Wooden Boat Show 2011 – looking forward to 2013!

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.

Goat Island Skiff in Victoria – Dete Hasse and his boys (and the value of reefing

Dete Hasse and his family built a Goat Island Skiff in Geelong, Victoria a while ago. He has just written to me about his experiences trying to sail on Port Phillip Bay and more happily on the recently refilled (the drought is over!) Lake Eppalock. Also he makes some good comments about reefing and how it changes an overpowered boat into a much more rriendly beast in stronger winds.

12sq metre Sharpie (Heavyweight Sharpie) for sail in Australia.

A rare beast, a circa 1960s 12 square metre sharpie with some of the original rig is for sale. I am not involved, but in the interests of helping preserve a little bit of Australian sailing and boat design history I would like to help find it a good home. The 12sq metre (heavyweight) Sharpie came to Australia for the 1956 Olympics. NZ first, Oz second. However the boat totally changed the approach to the design of Australian skiffs. Thought you might be interested to read my understanding of the design issues and influence. How the Sharpie name went from the USA to Europe and then to Australia – and how it changed our boats.

Lunar Eclipse and Plywood Canoe

A nice little reverie from Clinton who built a Quick Canoe this year. After a hectic day in the city he paddled out into the middle of the lake to watch the eclipse in his $300 canoe.

Sailboats and canoe hire on the Murray Lakes – an hour from Adelaide.

My friends Rob and Jane Hylton run sailing boat and canoe hire on some of my favourite sailing waters – the lower Murray Lakes – just an hour south of Adelaide. The boat hire is quite cheap but linked with you overnight staying in the small town of Clayton Bay – on the edge of the Murray River. There are a number of different options. My favourite is a tent or an on site caravan on the river’s edge camping area. But there are classier (?) options as well. Low season is quite cheap and the days down there can be very beautiful in winter with a good weather report. They also offer sailing lessons which can include a picnic and/or a tour of the fascinating Murray wetlands.