We are in a really exciting position just now, of having three new wood sailing canoes. Each one covering a different sector of canoe sailing, that is lightweight day boat full 50/50, cruising canoe and outrigger Raid Boat.
Artemis is a lightweight full 50/50 sailing canoe, Nautilus is a cruising canoe designed as a modern version of the original 1890's sailing canoe and finally TriRaid 560 designed as a home build, larger more seaworthy version of the hugely successful Hobie Adventure Island folding outrigger trimarans.
Dealing with the larger boat first, TriRaid 560.
The engineering and design features of the Hobie Adventure Island are very impressive and I have spent some time watching my friend sailing, launching, landing back at the beach and threading his way easily through our crowded moorings. However she is plastic, very expensive and smaller and less seaworthy than needed for cold water sailing. We need a wooden design, still folding, still using the Mirage Drive but with a larger more seaworthy main hull.
The news is that Klaus Metz has completed the design of TriRaid 560 and 4 boats are now in build. This gives wooden boat builders the Coastal Raid boat that we need as an option for building at home.
http://www.metzboats.de/htm/designs/...triraid560.htm and pdf drawing here http://www.metzboats.de/pdf/triraid560_profile.pdf
News on Nautilus is also good. John Welsford writes in his blog, "So I’ve several small boat designs on the go, little Scraps is done, plans will be completed in a few days, SEI being the next set of experiments and those plans will be completed when I’ve done some serious sailing in her to find out how she goes both in build and in her performance. There are a couple of others which are high priority to complete including a sailing canoe, and then?"
With Howard Rice and John Welsford working together on Nautilus cruising canoe, the results will be very special indeed. here is the original thread on Nautilus
Finally, we have a lightweight rather special 50/50 sailing canoe Artemis. Axel Schmid has been working on a lightweight 50/50 sailing canoe and his design is coming on very nicely indeed. http://www.bootsbaugarage.ch/kit.htm
Here are his objectives with Artemis:
A versatile sailing canoe. As easy to paddle as to sail.
- For one person, camping gear, food and some water.A graceful boat with aesthetic lines that will glide over the water easily.
- Can be built DIY without expensive tools in about 100 - 120 hours in your garage.
- Very functional components.
- Light enough to carry it on your shoulder and lift it on the roof rack without help - about 20 to 25 kg.
- For lakes, rivers, bays and lagoons.
These are very challenging objectives, especially the light weight, quick build and sleep aboard.
These pictures show Axel is achieving his goals.