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.
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First sailing photos of low cost sails for Storerboats

After a week or so of bad sailing weather, Daniel in Uruguay got out on the water in Piriapolis harbour to try out his new sail from ReallySimpleSails.com in the Philippines. The idea is to halve the price of sails for my plans so that it is even more economical to build a storerboat. This can save $300 plus

Making Balance Lugs faster 2013 – setting up sails, spars and rigging

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

Mark Milam’s gorgeous wooden Duck – an OzRacer RV sailboat

The OzRacer RV sailboat is meant to be a very simple boat that can be homebuilt. Most build it to get on the water quickly, but Mark Milam has done an amazing job of overseeing a project combining his work with that of a boatbuilder friend. Wonderful woods, some great detail design and the very best fitting of a windsurfer rig to a dinghy that I have ever seen.

Sailing OzRacer RV in rough water – simple boat with two adults

[Translate] This OzRacer mk2  has a number of changes from the original design, but Bob has pulled it off. The biggest risk is that the windsurfer mast might break because it is not meant to be supported in this way – it is meant to be held up higher by the arms of the sailor. […]

Setting up a recovery line to right a leeboard OzRacer or Goose sailboat

[Translate] A sharp eyed customer notified me that I hadn’t included a method to right the OzRacer RV. The nice thing about the OZ series is that all the boats come up with very little water inside when righted from capsize. Also the wooden mast doesn’t allow the boat to turn completely upside down making […]

OzRacers, PDRacers, PDGoose, Ocean explorer .. Lug vs Sprit sails

[Translate] Ok … lug vs sprit We finally had two PDRacers with either rig option on the same stretch of water. The event was the Goolwa Wooden Boat Festival. The Sprit sail design and making method is in the plan for the PDRacer (a whole $20 for 90 pages – really a course on modern […]

Towing a PDRacer behind a larger boat

[Translate] Howdy, Towing behind another boat can be one of the highest loads that a small dinghy can face. Imagine if it fills with water and the mother ship is surging ahead in bad weather. So how to distribute the load into a lightweight skinned structure like the OZ PDR. OK … here is how. […]

ORacer (formerly Oz PDRacer( sailboat – first optional lug rig launched

[Translate] Just got an email from Dan Taylor in Washington State, USA. He is the first to provide pics of the OZ PDR with the lug rig option. The sail looks very nice indeed and the light wind and a perfect sunny day were the other necessary ingredients. Here are his email and the pictures […]

An alternative solid mast for the OzRacer and PDRacer

[Translate] The OZ hollow mast is the bee’s knees – the nicest mast we can come up with at this stage. A simple long box with the faces made of 4 planks 12mm (1/2″) thick with a taper. Easy enough to build about 35% to 40% lighter than a solid mast. Making the mast out […]

Boat Trailers

[Translate] 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 […]