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 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.
Full list of storerboat plans for sail, rowing, paddling, fishing and overnight stays. Plans for most boats are very comprehensive and the boats look just right despite simple construction methods.
Jani is a friend of Perttu in Finland.Jani wanted a boat for rowing and fishing. He built a Quick Canoe and modified it with outriggers and also worked out a scheme where it can carry one or two people simply by changing the bow.Maybe it is so clever because Jani is an Industrial Designer!
Clint Chase in Maine is about to make a batch of oars that are suitable for Storerboats. They are nicely balanced with the right amount of spring.He needs to do a batch to make it cost effective, so if you are interested in some handcrafted oars contact him to see which sizes he will be making first.
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.