Monday, October 24, 2016

Threefold 6 Project in Michigan

Bill Blaisden has been building a Threefold 6 in Michigan the past few years and it is nearly complete. These photos show from early in the build through to getting wet. Bill's boat has the high-volume amas that we introduced a few years ago to replace the lower volume amas of the original design. 

The Threefold 6 is multi-chine plywood with stitch-&-glue joints at the chines. Construction is quite robust, giving a strong little boat with good performance, that can be built by any reasonably competent amateur builder.

Hull framing on building stocks
Hull skin done, wing framing in progress.
Wings skinned.
Interior lockers.
Deck & cabin.
Amas on demountable box-beams.
Stern view with amas on beams.
Bill put his new boat into the water to test flotation level.
He will do the launch when he receives his sails and
I will post more about this boat when Bill has her sailing.

DS15A Build in California

The prototype of the DS15A (Didi Sport 15 Adaptive) is being built in Santa Cruz, California. This design has been developed from our little sportboat design, the DS15, with modifications and features to suit handicapped sailors. 

This first boat is being built in plywood and will also serve as the plug for moulds to produce GRP boats. The men behind the project are George Arthur, who commissioned the design, and Luc de Faymoreau, the builder of the prototype, both from Santa Cruz.
First layer of radius fitted between bottom and lower side panels.
Same stage from aft
Hull framing, looking from below building stocks
Cleaning up the rebate to ready for the 2nd layer of the radius skin.
Sail plan of DS15A
We don't yet have a web page specific to the DS15A. That will come later. See the boat on which it is based on the DS15 page.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Didi 29 Retro at Georgetown Show

Bruce Mierke has built his custom Didi 29 Retro to a gorgeous standard. He is exhibiting her on the Wooden Boat Show in Georgetown SC this weekend. If you are in the area and want to ogle some beautiful craftsmanship, Bruce is there to chat about her.
Didi 29 Retro "Arabella" hits the road for Georgetown
"Arabella" on display in Georgetown.
After the show Bruce will trail "Arabella" to Oriental NC for launch and sail tests.

Congratulations to Bruce for a beautiful build.