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Design No. 165

165165Latest plans issued for this design include a sloop rig and a cutter rig sail plan; and drawings for the main hatch.

All the CNC cutting files (for the doghouse version) are on site too in DXF format. At the moment, these come included free with the standard design package.

Several of these boats are building now and there is a slideshow on site showing one of them (in build in Australia). I've just added the latest photos to this, which show the foredeck all fitted and the cockpit under construction.

Date posted: Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 | Comments (0)

Spritsail Rig for Design 035

For one of these small sailboats in build in South Africa, we have just designed a spritsail rig. This provides a smaller loose-footed main (no boom) and a small jib set out on a very short bowsprit.

This particular project is to give sailing lessons to local people, many of whom are disadvantaged.

The spritsail rig, with its two smaller sails and no boom to dodge is ideal for this purpose and there is the added advantage of a small sail for a crew member to control as part of the learning process.

The new sail plan can be found on the 035 plans page – scroll down to the bottom of the list of plans for the Spritsail Rig Plans.
Date posted: Thursday, 06 Aug 2015 | Comments (0)


Recently I have issued corrections to drawings for both Design 055 and 073.

On Design 055 there were a couple of incorrect dimensions on the Jig drawing; the current drawing 055/003/04 i03 is the corrected issue.

On Design 073, there were not any dimensional errors but some of the drawings were mis-labeled in the title boxes. These have also been corrected.

I am very grateful to builders who point these errors out to me, so that I can correct them.

I make the point in the instructions with every design that if something seems wrong it may not be you, the builder, at fault or not understanding – it can just as easily be me who is in error. There are literally thousands and thousands of pieces of data that go into even quite a small design and errors do creep in however careful one tries to be. And self-checking everything is never very easy.

So please do let me know if something seems wrong, inconsistent or unclear.


Date posted: Thursday, 06 Aug 2015 | Comments (0)

'Tis the season

Here in Maine for Fiddleheads, Dandelion Greens, Asparagus and Chard! Wonderful!
Date posted: Monday, 01 Jun 2015 | Comments (0)

More No. 165 plans

I've just added plans for the lapstrake planks – Plank Nos. 1 through 7. The rest will follow shortly.

These are fully dimensioned drawings of the developed shapes of the planks, which should enable them to be set out and made without taking the shape off the frames and floors set up in the building jig.

The developed shape is the shape that has to be cut out of a flat sheet (in this case a flat sheet of ply), to be the correct shape when bent around the boat. Determining the developed shape of lapstrake planking is one of the more difficult processes as they don't exactly follow the hull shape because the bottom edges of each plank lap over the top edges of the previous plank.

To further complicate things, there is no hard and fast rule about how the planks should run, so there is a degree of choice about the matter.

The upshot is that I am recommending the builders of the first few boats which are currently in build to at least check the first two or three plank shapes from the frames etc. in the jig, in the traditional fashion. Both to ensure their accuracy and to make sure that they are pleasing to the eye.

I have also re-issued the sidedecks and foredeck plans to correct some dimensional errors. Issue 02 of both are on site now.

Again these are fully dimensioned drawings that enable builders to set out the shapes of the decking without reference to the boat itself.

Date posted: Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | Comments (1)

Design 165 – More Rocker

In finalizing the stability and ballast keel I added a little more rocker (curve) to the underwater profile, so that I could get the ballast keel where I wanted it.

This has resulted in changes to the following drawings:

165/003/001 – Profile. New plan is Issue 03.
165/003/005 – Stem. New plan is Issue 02.
165/005/001 – Centrecase. New plan is Issue 02.
165/005/002 – Centreboard. New plan is Issue 02.
165/005/004 – Centreboard Pivot. New plan is Issue 02.

It is important that builders download the new plans. For any builder who has laminated the old-style stem, there is a change drawing available to modify the final part of the stem and a special forward deadwood..

This now allows us to finalize the ballast keel, deadwoods, sail plan and rig.
Date posted: Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 | Comments (0)

Design 165

I've just completed Instructions Book 2, which covers making the frames, floors, transom and the building jig – including setting everything up ready for fitting the shelves, laminating the hog, stem and keel, and skinning the hull.

Several builders are at least keeping pace with me or getting ahead of me as far as instructions go, using No. 119 instructions as a guide.

As I write the instructions there are several minor changes and corrections made to the drawings – builders please check for the latest issue Nos. Also, with these instructions I am making use of Timber, Tools, and Devices much more than previously – I have updated this several times recently and added new sections.

Timber, Tools and Devices can be downloaded under the "Articles" menu on the website, or as Plan 165/002/011 for builders of No. 165 – the two documents are exactly the same.
Date posted: Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | Comments (0)

Happy New Year!

To all those building my designs, or interested in them, or just visiting this website my very best wishes for 2015.

Above all may it be peaceful and bring happiness, satisfaction and success in your endeavours.

Date posted: Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | Comments (0)

First do no harm

We are in England this year over the Thanksgiving celebration and working too hard to think about a special meal!

But as we approach the end of the year it always seems a good time to pause for reflection.

Being a humanist doesn't stop you enjoying the traditional aspects of Christmas, especially the music, a christmas tree, the giving of presents, and the celebration of family. After all a festival around the time of the winter solstice is probably as old as humanity itself.

And being a vegan vegetarian doesn't stop you making special food to celebrate – just different food.

At its core the vegan way of life can be summed up in the Latin phrase "Primum Non Nocere" – First Do No Harm. You try to look at everything you eat, everything you use and everything you do, from this perspective.

We share the Earth with many many thousands of other species and we all of us have this one life to live and enjoy.

As probably the most intelligent and certainly the most developed, of these species I think we have a special responsibility not to cause harm to, or shorten the lives of, any of them, including our own.


Date posted: Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | Comments (0)

Design 165

The drawings for this design are proceeding steadily. Plenty of study plans are available on the Plans page of the design.

At the moment I am concentrating on the Laminated Frame, Doghouse version. Pretty much all the plans needed to build the hull and cockpit are now on site.

Many of the plans suit all versions – Saloon and Doghouse; Laminated and Ply Sandwich. The plans also suit either a cold-moulded or a ply lapstrake hull. Sail plans for Gaff Cutter, Gaff Sloop, and Gaff Yawl with a lug mizzen will be available.

The boat would also work very well with a cat rig, probably with a lug mizzen. I will be taking that into consideration when designing the rudder – cat rigs usually need larger rudders because they get unbalanced more readily.

Before drawing the interior furniture plans, I will take time out to write up the construction instructions.

Plans for ply sandwich frame and backbone construction, together with CNC files will follow.

I'm happy to say that the design is proving remarkably popular!

Date posted: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Comments (0)