Sailing takes place in a finely grained, nuanced Now. Skimmer brings together elements of two of my most rewarding designs. I must say that by rewarding I mean that they have brought me friendship and priceless time on the water. I designed and built SparHawk in the early Nineties. Recently, after more than twenty years … Continue reading Skimmer, a 24.5′ Expedition Beach Cruiser
Avalon is a large craft! Today we consider a sailing vessel this size to be an extremely challenging proposition. It's not just what it takes to handle such a vessel. The cost and complexity of construction makes a boat like this a precarious investment even for a state or municipal government or a large non-profit … Continue reading Avalon
I wrote this post just over a year ago. At the time I held back, fearing it might be…, too much? Now it seems quite tame and so here it is: Revamping this site has led me to a new tagline: Simple, general statements like this can so easily fall into cliché. But boats … Continue reading Boats Bring Us Together
I've been asked to design a larger Small. I've wanted to update the design for a while. The result is shaping up. Have a look: Take a look at Robert Olson's page on Boats for difficult times.
Detlef Dücker has chronicled the building of his Harrier, Falcone de Palu, Marsh Harrier in Italian, in the following article in Water Craft Magazine. Take a look, or better yet, get a copy and then see all the photos he's been kind enough to share with us on my design forum. The Harrier Project
Andy McConkey has sent me some recent images of his Harrier, Wilbur Larch sailing in his home waters in the Pacific Northwest. Find more on the Harrier Project Page.
I've redrawn Harrier, developing the lines by hand from the earlier CAD model. Similar to the Dayboat Robert Olson and the Gaff Yawl, Kathleen Gee, these plans are available as .pdf downloads. Details on the Harrier Project Page.
I've been working on a design to follow on and update Small. This boat is the result. Check out the Project Page. This design can be built over a range of water line lengths from 14' - 6" to sixteen feet. There is a choice of rigs: Gunter Cat, Gunter Sloop, Lug Sloop, and a … Continue reading Plans for the Dayboat Robert Olson now available!
I've just completed the drawings for the Kathleen Gee Gaff yawl. This is the first illustration: There is also a Cutter Rig option shown here with a 6' - 6" Dinghy stowed on the housetop: For more take a look at the updated Project Page.
Closing in on the final draft. The hull form is dialed in. Have the Center of Buoyancy and the Prismatic Coefficient where I want them. The interior has a bit more headroom and a larger house. The companion ladder is in two parts. I'd leave the upper section out and climb down, leaving the wrap-around … Continue reading Kathleen Gee, closing in!
A new Project: Kathleen Gee. There's also a Cutter Rigged version along with a detailed design commentary. Take a look at the updated Project Page.
This design was first drawn in the early nineties. I've just received a commission to revise and complete the earlier cartoon for a boat to be built in Australia. The revised sail plan: And an illustration… This was the earlier version: No major changes. Just a subtle re-working. Next will come a similar pass with … Continue reading Katherine Ann, a 24′ Gaff Yawl