New Peak Speed Record in PD Racer class held by OzRacer.

[Translate] The world speed record for PDRacers is currently 6.5mph. During the recent South Australian Wooden Boat Festival (pic of three of our five PDRS on the beach right) there was so much wind that many events were cancelled, but Michael Storer had a crack at the speed record for PDRacers. Actually we briefly thought […]
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New Photos on Handy Punt page – a basic utility/fishing boat

[Translate] A basic update to the Handy Punt page. A basic utility or fishing punt with good stability, very simple construction and large airtank buoyancy. Stability is so great because of the simple rectangular cross section that it is a safe and easy boat to stand up in. The flat bottom is well braced against […]
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Back from the Avalon Air Show 2007

[Translate] Though I am mostly concerned with boats it doesn’t mean I don’t have a strong interest in other fields – specially ones as highly related as aircraft design and performance. I’m just back from the Avalon airshow in Victoria. It’s the biggest airshow in Australia. The highlight for me was watching how all the […]
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Redesigning and restoration of a Murray River Cruising Boat

[Translate] Chris came to Duck Flat Wooden Boats with plans to fix up an old riverboat hull he had bought. Duck Flat contacted me for some help I helped go over the boat and work out how much it had deteriorated. Basically everything above decks was in poor condition but the inside of the hull […]
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Olympic 5.5 metre yacht "Kirribilli"

[Translate] This is the story as we understand it so far … “Kirribilli” was built for the 1956 Olympics by a consortium from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and built a few doors down from the club. She is a beautiful 5.5 metre yacht built by Bill Barnett, one of the great Australian boatbuilders from […]
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I’ll be at the South Australian Wooden Boat Show

[Translate] I will be on the stand with the Duck Flat Wooden Boats Staff at the SA Wooden Boat Show over three days 10/11/12 March at Goolwa on the Murray River. It is a great boat show and you can find the details from the article immediately below. I will also be attempting to win […]
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Tasmanian Wooden Boat Show and the Goolwa Wooden Boat Show

[Translate] Seeing that I am getting the two boats ready for the festival season here is some info about the two major ones. The Australian Wooden Boat Festival – Hobart, Tasmania The Tasmanian Wooden Boat show is definitely bigger but the Goolwa Wooden Boat Festival is much more hands on – as the grassy bit […]
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Not just beer and skittles!

[Translate] So you have seen me sailing around enjoying myself for a bit. Or at least that might be what you have been imagining after reading the previous post! I’ve been crazily getting Peter’s two Mk1 PD Racers ready for the long trip to the Goolwa Nationals. They are finally in their yellow paint, I’m […]
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GIS – Traditional good looks excellent sailing performance

[Translate] I’ve been up in Mooloolaba Queensland for around a week now doing some planning and groundwork for the PDRacer – a small cheap sailing boat that is easy to build. But that is not the focus of this blog entry. I’m staying with Peter and Jo Hyndman – Peter built the first Goat Island […]
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Wooden Boat Building – 10 day Autumn Class

[Translate] Duck Flat Wooden Boats in conjunction with Michael Storer Wooden Boat Plans will be running a 10 day boat building Autumn School. April 16 to 26th at Goolwa on the Murray River – Adelaide Australia. http://www.storerboatplans.com/Boatbuildingclass.html This image is from the class in October last year. For people who have never built anything before […]
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Is it OK to Stretch or Shrink an Existing Boat Design?

[Translate] A bit of a hobbyhorse here. The picture right is of my Goat Island Skiff (GIS) design. A nice, quick sailing, spacious, but easy to build sailing skiff. People tend to think it looks pretty nice too. A fellow who built one of the GISs wanted to shrink the boat because of limited building […]
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Using Fibreglass and Epoxy – the fiberglassing method

[Translate] Howdy, I have just updated my FAQ with some “How To” sections on different methods of using fiberglass. Storerboatplans FAQ It covers the different methods for small areas and large areas and also a method for getting glass to lie flat over complex curved surfaces. There are good photos for some of the sections […]
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Could we do it?

[Translate] Three PDRacer Basic Hulls Built in 4 working days? Before going our various ways at Xmas Robin Badenoch and I with considerable help from Geraldine and Nathan had a shot at getting three basic PDRacer Hulls together in four working days. Here’s the link 3 x PDRacers basic hulls built – thread on Oz […]
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International Star Class revisited

I wrote this because the Star Class is one of my all time favourite boats. Crazy, fast, wonderful.Would it be possible to homebuild a simplified construction boat in plywood and cedar strip and still hit a similar weight and stiffness as competitive boats, but at a much lower cost?
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118th PD Racer is OZ

[Translate] No Story about the DuckFlat Spring School is complete without a bit of a spiel about the first of the Mk2 OZ PDRacers being built. It was only one among the 12 different projects – but, hey, it is MY Design!!! (My other designs can be seen by clicking the links in the left […]
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