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Reefing a balance lug sail

How to reef a Balance Lugsail. A neat trick of using shock cord (bungee) for the intermediate ties makes it much faster to tie in a reef as well as remove the reef after. it also minimises the risk of damaging the sail if something major breaks elsewhere.
Beth sailing canoe heading downwind with little fuss in British Columbia - article on fleet racing BETH.

How does the BETH sailing canoe go in mixed fleets and handicap racing?

BETH sailing canoe – The designer has lots of fine things to say about the sailing performance of BETH – but Andrew Barclay has been racing his against mixed fleets in British Columbia where she sails equal with Laser Radials in light wind and gradually outclasses them in stronger. I provide some tips about getting a bit more from the boat.
Goat Island Skiff going fast downwind with heavy load - Texas 200

Strong wind downwind in unstayed Cat Ketches and Cat Yawls – more safety and efficiency

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.

Videos of my designs – Storer Boat Plans

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.

Table of Contents for Michael Storer Wooden Boats Forum.

It is a bit hard finding information on my forum as the list is not very ordered, so I have attempted to fix this.There is a general building section then each boat is in alphabetical order.To see all the images you may need to become a member, however, they are a good bunch and will […]

New Beth Sailing Canoe Video

Howdy, Beth Sailing Canoe Jan in Denmark found something interesting. Hi everyone After reading this forum for a couple of days, I realised I needed to register, fast. Lots of fantastic advice here, both from Boatmik and the rest of you. I am impressed. A few words about me: I have dubbed myself “the world’s […]

BETH Sailing Canoe being built by Norm in Toronto

Norm is putting together a BETH Sailing Canoe and documenting it on the WoodenBoat forum. He is going like a rocket, it is possible to drop in every day and see some big changes. He has departed a bit from the plan in both building method and detail. I’d suggest that most people who build […]

Lug rigs for racing performance

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. So […]

Non Skid for cockpit floor or decks of a boat.

One of the new launchings of the Goat Island Skiff had a problem with a slippery floor… Here is my favourite suggestion. Nice way to deal with it is the same way we did the PDRacers. I couldnt find he pics on the building thread. You varnish the cockpit floor normally. Then mask off the […]

BETH Sailing Canoe Pictures

I was up at Duck Flat a couple of weeks ago and had a bit of a poke around their computer. I found a whole bunch of new images of BETH my sailing canoe – Plan number one! The original BETH was launched about 15 years ago and the BETH Mk2 sailing canoe in the […]

Boat Trailers

I like boat trailers that have other functions too. One way is to adapt another type of trailer – like a conventional box trailer at least for smaller boats. An alternative is to go for something very “bare bones”. One thing that makes a boat trailer more useful for different boats is to have a […]

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 […]

Interview on Net of Designer Michael Storer at furledsails.com

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 linkhttp://www.furledsails.com/article.php3?article=760 […]

NEW Storer Boats Forum

Well, I’m excited. One of the biggest woodwork sites in the universe has decided that it is OK for the Storer Boat Plans FORUM to be on their site. This is great because there is already a lot of Storer Stuff about The EUREKA CANOEThe OZ PDRacerThe GOAT ISLAND SKIFFBETH Sailing CanoeThe NEW ROWBOAT that […]