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New boat designs, new kits, and MkII projects that need your interest and support to get out there into the world. Learn more about how my crowdfunding scheme works.
An enlarged version of the already popular CIY 16, this will offer great capacity and more sail area. The rig will likely stay as a lug-yawl. The CIY 18 will represent the top end of the sail-and-oar spectrum, as far as size of boat is concerned. There is another boat that could come from this, more of a daysailor, with a deck and coamings and perhaps a sloop rig.
This is an outboard skiff designed to teach as much as it is to be a great platform for picnics and fishing or just planing around. The side planks on this boat will use the tab-n-lock construction method, but the final step will be a sheerstrake that laps over the side plank...a good intro to the concept of glued-lapstrake construction.
Time to apply a great deal of learning from over the years. The Drake was my first design/build project. With support, I would like to refair the hull lines, redo the strongback to reflect current practices, and redraft the set of plans to bring them up to spec.
I took the John Gardner Pram from his book and made a kit for a student. The boat was built and looks great. This would be a nice project for someone wishing to build their own tender. But some development time remains. I'll need an order or two or someone to help fund the rest of the work needed to make a kit.
A List of Completed Projects that were Crowdfunded
Calendar Islands Yawl 16
Thanks to Barry of Bedford, New Hampshire and Michael near St. Paul, MN for sponsoring the mkII CIY project!
Caravelle Skiff Mk2
2015 COMPLETE! Thanks to Ross, Niko and Iain for helping sponsor this project.
- Hull improvements: shift volume in hull aft to improve sailing trim, increase freeboard
- Refine the slot & tab construction of hull sides
- Draft a brand new set of plans
Deer Isle Koster Mk2
2015 COMPLETE! Thanks to crowdfunders Alec, Bill, James, and Dan. Also, thanks to my friend Bruce Elfstrom for drawing the originals!
- Refined hull shape to best reflect the originals but refaired for easier planking
- Strongback included in kit
- New plans