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Boats Bring Us Together


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

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A larger Small… The Dayboat, Robert Olson


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.      

A Harrier for Venice


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  

Pacific Northwest Harrier, Wilbur Larch


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.          

Harrier Plans Available


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.    

Plans for the Dayboat Robert Olson now available!


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!

Kathleen Gee, Final Sail Plans


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.    

Kathleen Gee, closing in!


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!

Kathleen Gee, a new 24′ Tabloid Cruiser


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.        

Katherine Ann, a 24′ Gaff Yawl


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

Teaser on the Robert Olson, 15′ Dayboat Project!


Closing in on the final drawings for the 15' Dayboat Robert Olson design. Like Small, this boat can be "dialed in" in a range of over-all lengths. This design can be built at either fifteen or sixteen feet. There will also be a few rigs available. This Sail Plan shows a sixteen foot Lugger and … Continue reading Teaser on the Robert Olson, 15′ Dayboat Project!

Reviewing Finding North by George Foy


Navigation is at the heart of everything we do on the water. I've been asked by his publishers to review George Michelsen Foy's new book: Is disaster… always envisioned geographically, is it always navigational in the deepest sense? Finding North, page 22 George Michelsen Foy asks this question early on in his extended ruminations in the … Continue reading Reviewing Finding North by George Foy