Pierangelo contacted me earlier this year (2008). He liked the strong aesthetics of my dayboat design but wanted more space. The result was this 27 foot riverboat. As Pierangelo will use it in Venice for travelling in the lagoon and along the canals the name became Venezia. I’ve just added many more photos to the article.
Why are these plans FREE? Because I want people to know just how good correctly proportioned touring paddles can be. Most of the paddles sold commercially are based heavily on racing models, which are fine if you are in training and only want to go 500 metres at the highest possible speed. For the rest of us there is a better balance available when we might be paddling for several hours or where the boat may be loaded. The oars were drawn to fit the Goat Island Skiff, but will fit other boats of a similar width.
The Dayboat/Launch is 23ft long and intended as a Dayboat or Camp Aboard boat for a small family. It has space for an enclosed toilet. The design is complete drawings for hull but final decisions are left to the builder. It is not step by step instructions like my smaller boats. It cruises at near 8 knots with a 10hp high thrust Yamaha outboard.
A sit on top paddleboard or in Australian a “Surfski” is one of the simplest lightest boats possible. Here is my take of something that comes out of a couple of sheets of plywood and is very light.
A outboard powered Punt is dead easy to build, light enough to be roofrackable for camping or caravanning travel
Buying plans in Australia has changed. Duck Flat Wooden Boats in Adelaide are no longer my plans agents. We have alternative arrangements for buying plans as books and plans as PDFs. Duck Flat are growing the Boat Restoration and Repair side of their business.
BETH sailing canoe is design #1. Light enough to cartop and at home in a club fleet of lasers. Much easier and lighter to set up and sail than a Laser. Really only recommended to experienced dinghy sailors.
The MSD Rowboat is very pretty, reasonably light and easy to build. The specifications are here but the article also runs through the design process from client consultation including some of the designers missteps before a very nice boat is finalised.
Eureka Plywood Canoes are Light and very Pretty. They also paddle well. Standard build comes out around 45 to 50lbs. But weights of around 34lbs have been achieved with care. Stitch and glue method.
The finally famous Goat Island Skiff is the lightest and simplest 16ft sailing boat I could come up with. Simple to Build with Modern Performance. She will sail well and handle impeccably at all times with 4 adults and is fastest with one or two aboard. Plans are extremely detailed and there is an active community of builders on Facebook.
Building boats from older plans often adds a lot of labour and materials cost. Some old plans are great. But many are utter rubbish. Having a living designer or other people building the same boat is really useful for most builders.
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.
Fyne Boat Kits has an excellent reputation for customer service and quality.I am happy to announce that they will be gradually phased in as the UK Agents for storerboats kits, plans and materials.
The Finn Dinghy has been one of the most important of the racing classes over the past six decades.It was always in the forefront of sailing developments.One fellow contacted asking if there were plans to build a Finn dinghy … and I was able to find a partial answer.
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.
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.
An economics graph on a wooden boat plan website?I am talking about getting out on the water in hard economic times – wooden boats can be very cheap and very, very good.Do a Huck Finn and drift down the Mississippi in a light and simple plywood canoe or sailboat. Adventuring is cheap!
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.