Is bamboo a good choice for small boat spars? As a professional designer I can’t specify bamboo because of a huge variation in density, wall thickness and diameter. However I can recommend some guidelines for bamboo for the Oz Goose to help with experiments.
A very easy to build boat from local materials might be a solution for sailing clubs in the developing nations as well as the advanced economies. The Philippines has a track record of building 10 Oz geese for the equivalent cost of importing one Laser Radial. 10 to 20 participants for the price of 1.
The OzGoose 2016 plans are available. One plan with all the detail. There is a free upgrade for those who have already purchased the original Storer Boat Plans PDGoose or OzGoose Supplement from Duckworks.
I’ve finished drawing up the plans for the new all-in-one-document Oz Goose plans. Lots of work and sailing to optimise the boat. Available in the next few days.
Order sails for your Goose or OzRacer or PDRacer if you don’t want to make them. Available “off the shelf” from Duckworks USA – delivered promptly worldwide.
What we have learned by sailing and racing the sixteen (now 27 as of last weekend) Oz Geese in the Philippines. Some money saving simplifications and some tweaks that will give a lot more performance to most lug rigged (and other boats). There is nothing unusual in these methods, just a translation of regular racing practice in more conventional boats. Don’t scoff – you can say “I’m a cruiser” – but there are times when everyone wants or needs to get upwind 10 or 20 percent faster.
The plans for the various Goose versions show timber spars. Some have contacted me asking about using aluminium tubing. I do like the timber spars because they look nice. But you can save a bit of weight on the yard by using an alloy tube. Brad Hickman did all the work on this and with […]
There are guidelines for making fillets or timber joins for strength to equal the original plywood. This is a guide.
Why the Goose makes sense for beginning sailors through to intermediate. And how it is fun for experienced sailors too. 12.9 knots measured top speed and plenty of time above 10, yet a docile boat that moves well with a family or instructor plus two students aboard.
What size of outboard for a simple little sailboat. Gordo has a specific reply.