I’ve written about the stupid statements that get put on the net elsewhere. Here someone took the wrong advice “that you can stretch or shrink a boat a percentage” and applied it to one of my Goat Island Skiff plans. It wasn’t OK … the boat was useless after.
How do you rig your Goat Island Skiff or other balance lug rigged boat? This page will be useful for everyone, but specifically assist Goat owners in selection of rope, rope lengths and show all the rigging details. We have also found a number of cheaper ways of doing things from our experience in the Philippines. Halyard, downhaul, outhaul, lashings, rope fittings, rudders, centreboard.
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.
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.
I was writing about this around 2004 when Paulownia first started becoming available from Plantations in Australia. Well before the current boom in its use for framing and hulls of dinghies, yachts and other boats. Paulownia is a very lightweight timber from China that has started to become available in quantity in Australia and many […]
This is a reprint of an article from the OzGoose website with a preamble by me and some reorganisation to make it more useful to owners of other boats. As you may now we are one of the main developers of the knowledgebase for lug rigs, setup, rigging, control and performance. See the list of […]
All the Goat Island Skiff videos on one page. Around seventy. Sailing, building, fishing, family, distance events and classic boat festivals.
Every year we do a Calendar of the Goat Island Skiff. This is the cover of the 2017 Calendar 2017 Goat Island Skiff Calendar is UP! Featuring the boats the places, the builders and the sailors. Discount code ZCUSTOMGIFTS may work for a discount until tomorrow midnight. 12 photos voted on by the Goat interested […]
A chance to vote on the BEST Goat Island Skiff Photos from the last year. The most popular will go into the yearly Calendar
By far the bulk of Goat Island Skiffs are built as one sail boats. Is the complication, labour and expense of the extra sail on the yawl/ketch option worth it? What types of sailing does it assist or hinder?
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.
Getting rid of a familiar crease in many lugsails.
Year four of the high quality Goat Island Skiff Calendar is out!Boats from the USA, France, Uruguay, The Netherlands and Greece
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.
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
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
Nice little video showing the easy speed of the Goat Island Skiffs in moderate conditions. Venue is the Small Reach Regatta.It also shows the standard cat rig and the optional Yawl rig.
Some examples of sailing nicely in the Goat Island Skiff, reversing, sailing at nice speed in comfortable conditions.Locations are San Diego, Australia, Texas, Florida and Maine