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.
The OzRacer Mk3 has been rebranded as the OzRacer RV.Detailed plan – a boatbuilding course in a book for $20 each.So now racing sailors can use the OzRacer Mk2 and cruising sailors can use the OzRacer RV plan. The RV is no slouch though – it won the World titles in 2010.
The first New Zealand Goat Island Skiff has been launched by Ian Howeth.He has taken a year to build it as spare time became available.It was launched during the Xmas break
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.
Jim Post has built the hull of his PD Goose – a 12ft version of the OZ PDRacer.He has done a nice job with a couple of nice additions. A seat in the middle and a stylishly angular splashboard on the foredeck. I am dying to hear how it sails!
Tom has built his MSD Rowboat in Brisbane.I met up with him recently and we drove down to the coast towing the rowboat to the river at Nudgee. A bit of wind and a lot of current because of all the rain.Tom has trimmed down the skeg to get the boat to balance nicely in all directions. Before the modification the bow used to blow around – now it behaves nicely.I took quite a few pictures.