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Michael Storer - boats

The designs of Michael Storer are efficient, inexpensive, quick and easy to build. These "INSTANT" boats use ply very efficiently, using carefully laid out plans to get the most panels from a sheet of ply with little wastage. Michael's boat are simple to build, using the epoxy method of joinery, so even an inexperienced amatuer can come up with a good result.

Goat Island Skiff Digital

The plans for the Goat Island Skiff are also available as downloadable PDF

Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 4.70 m - 15' 5"
Plan Price: AUD $100.00
(Product Code: 1-214-3)
 
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Drop In Sail Rig - Digital

The plans for the Drop In Sail Rig are also available as downloadable PDF.

Specs

 
Type: boats
Plan Price: AUD $20.00
(Product Code: 1-214-5)
 
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Drop in Outriggers - Digital

The plans for the Drop in Outriggers are also available as downloadable PDF.

Specs

 
Type: boats
Plan Price: AUD $30.00
(Product Code: 1-214-8)
 
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Handy Punt - Digital

The plans for the Handy Punt are also available as downloadable PDF.

Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 3.30 m - 10' 9"
Plan Price: AUD $80.00
(Product Code: 1-214-7)
 
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Venezia Canal/Riverboat

A compact trailerable motorboat with accomodation similar to the TC 35 Riverboat.

Not only does this boat have more room at very little extra cost but it will have better rough water handling. Not that these boats are meant to be taken offshore - their natural environments are rivers and calmer days on lakes.

Construction is in ply by a prefabrication method where the sides and bottom of the boat are built first along with the bulkheads.

The bottom is fully fabricated right through to being finished on the outside with the skeg and bottom runners fitted, fibreglassing and right through to painting.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 8.20 m - 26' 10"
Beam: 2.05 m - 6' 8"
Weight: 400.00 kg - 880 lbs
Displacement: 720.00 kg - 1584 lbs
Plan Price: AUD $180.00
(Product Code: 1-214-9)
 
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Venezia Canal/Riverboat - Digital

The plans for the Venezia Canal/Riverboat are also available as downloadable PDF.

Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 8.20 m - 26' 10"
Plan Price: AUD $150.00
(Product Code: 1-214-10)
 
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MSD Row Boat

A swift rowing boat, based on the Goat Island Skiff, for one person - with the capability of carrying an extra person (or two if they are not toooo heavy) for fishing or picnics.

Easy construction - but an easily driven shape that is rewarding to row.

Large enclosed buoyancy for safety.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 4.72 m - 15' 5"
Capacity: 2 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $96.00
(Product Code: 1-214-1)
 
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MSD Row Boat - Digital

The plans for the MSD Row Boat are also available as downloadable PDF.

Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 4.72 m - 15' 5"
Plan Price: AUD $75.00
(Product Code: 1-214-2)
 
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Handy Punt

The punt is one of the most common utility boats as they are fast under moderate power, have a huge carrying capacity and good stability.

The Handy Punt is designed around a simple 4 step construction method suited for a beginner.

It'll take between a 6 and a 15hp outboard, easliy planing with unbelievable speed and handling.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 3.30 m - 10' 9"
Beam: 1.22 m - 4' 0"
Weight: 50.00 kg - 110 lbs
Capacity: 4 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $96.00
(Product Code: 1-214-100)
 
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23' Dayboat/Launch

These boats are as well suited to quiet, shallow estauries or open lakes and rivers with plenty of cruising power. But they'll cut through a steep chop with no pitching, pounding or spray.

The launch can be fitted with a berth. galley and seperate loo. The Dayboat can be left open or fitted with canopy and seating ...it's all up to you!

They are built from ply using a jigless construction method and using simple steps from easy to follow plans.

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Type: boats
LOA: 7.00 m - 22' 11"
Beam: 2.13 m - 6' 11"
Displacement: 450.00 kg - 990 lbs
Capacity: 8 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $120.00
(Product Code: 1-214-15)
 
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TC35 Riverboat

The riverboats have the admirable qualities of being the easiest boats to build, having excellent performance with small powerplants and being very easy on the wallet.

These boats are easily trailerable, cruise at 10 knots using a near silent 4-stroke outboard, making the long stretches of Australian rivers easy going.

The internal layout can be designed to suit you or you can go with the stock plans for this liveaboard cruiser.

The shallow draft Storer Riverboat makes many places more accessible than your average riverboat.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 10.70 m - 35' 1"
Beam: 2.13 m - 6' 11"
Capacity: 4 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $190.00
(Product Code: 1-214-103)
 
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Beth

A boat that is fun to sail, has a classic appearence and is easy to handle on shore.

You can build one in about 3 weeks! And she'll go!

Micheal raced Beth in the Sydney Gaffers Race, on a 30min handicap in a 1hr and 15min race, passing all but two contenders to come in third! She's well behaved and less strenuous to handle than a Laser.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 5.00 m - 16' 4"
Beam: 0.80 m - 2' 7"
Sail Area: 8.10 sq m - 87.16 sqf
Weight: 32.00 kg - 70 lbs
Capacity: 2 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $125.00
(Product Code: 1-214-14)
 
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Wooden Raceboard

Recent years have seen the price of racing sailboards skyrocket to $4,000 plus, excluding many sailors. Now you can afford to join the race with a board thats inexpensive to build and be just as competitive.

Like all of Michael's designs, they are easily built. The construction is similar to that of a model aircraft.

The comprehensive plan also incudes fitting a mast track and a finbox to take a standard Turtle fin.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 3.95 m - 12' 11"
Beam: 0.64 m - 2' 1"
Sail Area: 7.50 sq m - 80.70 sqf
Capacity: 1 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $110.00
(Product Code: 1-214-13)
 
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Goat Island Skiff

This is Michael's most popular design with the appearance of a real Australian Skiff.

She's the best example of the Storer "Instant" style construction. You cut out a few pieces of ply, from the easy to follow plans, glue them together with the epoxy "liquid joinery" technology and bingo! You've built a boat to be proud of.

There are two types of rig, a balanced lug or you use a new or secondhand Laser rig, which can keep the cost down.

You can row it, sail it or power it. This boat will become a classic.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 4.70 m - 15' 5"
Beam: 1.50 m - 4' 11"
Weight: 55.00 kg - 121 lbs
Capacity: 4 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $125.00
(Product Code: 1-214-17)
 
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Eureka 155 Canoe Digital

The plans for the Eureka 155 canoe are also available as downloadable PDF

Specs

 
Type: boats
Plan Price: AUD $75.00
(Product Code: 1-214-18)
 
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Eureka 155 Canoe

The 155 is, of course, the bigger sister of the 130. Both these canoes are simple to build and come with a step by step instruction book, illustrated by our own David Wilson, along with the easy to follow plan. Each kit contains the tools necessary for the construction.

They are 50% lighter than a fibreglass canoe, paddle beautifully and have an excellent appearance.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 4.72 m - 15' 5"
Beam: 0.86 m - 2' 9"
Weight: 19.55 kg - 43 lbs
Capacity: 2 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $96.00
(Product Code: 1-214-99)
 
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Canoe Add-Ons -
Drop In Sail Rig

Sick of paddling all the time? Let the wind do some of the work!

This simple drop in rig includes support for the mast and an attachment for a leeboard. The whole lot can be removed, leaving only two fittings attached to the hull.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
Plan Price: AUD $63.00
(Product Code: 1-214-101)
 
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Russki - A Modern Surfski

Surfskis come in two basic flavours. Long and thin for speed on smooth open water and short ones for manouvering on waves.

For every surfski you sea in the surf you see ten on flat water. Russki Is a bit of hybrid, he'll take to a moderate wave with good manouverability or he'll stretch it out easily over smooth water just as well.

And besides, it's light and about the third of the cost of a production ski.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 2.40 m - 7' 10"
Beam: 0.70 m - 2' 3"
Weight: 11.50 kg - 25 lbs
Capacity: 1 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $80.00
(Product Code: 1-214-28)
 
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Canoe Add Ons -
Drop in Outriggers

These are also design to drop in and come out of two sheets of ply.

None of the components weighs more than 4.3kg. Very elegant.

Specs

 
Type: boats
Plan Price: AUD $85.00
(Product Code: 1-214-98)
 
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Canoe Add Ons -
Touring Paddles

Touring Paddles Most paddles you buy are based around racing designs.

These ones are designed for long distance cruising - and the plan comes with information on how to fit the paddle to the paddler.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
Plan Price: AUD $ POA
(Product Code: 1-214-102)
 

Oz Racer
(formerly Oz PD Racer)

"Cheap, creative, and having fun on the water". That's the Oz Racer, a one design racing sailboat that is basically a plywood box with a curved bottom, and is the easiest boat in the world to build.

The Mk2 Oz Racer is designed to get kids, and adults, away from the TV and computer and back onto the water in boats that don't cost an arm or a leg. They are simple to build, easy to sail. It's that simple.

Michael has refined and improved the original design to make it easier to build and better to sail.

The home handy person could knock one up in no time. Even if you're not that handy, you could still manage it.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 2.50 m - 8' 2"
Beam: 1.20 m - 3' 11"
Sail Area: 7.50 sq m - 80.70 sqf
Capacity: 2 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $20.00
(Product Code: 1-214-16)
 
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PD Goose

Stretching the boat to 12ft allows two people to sit side by side as in the illustration. So it would be simple to share the sailing responsibility. One with the rudder and one with the mainsheet. Much better for sharing and learning.

The nice point about the PDGoose is that it uses ALL the bits the same as the Oz Racer so rudder, tiller, centreboard, mast, the same two sail options. So if you have an OZ ... you can build a OZ PDGoose hull and go sailing with friends.

The 12 footer will be able to carry quite a lot of weight and might make a good boat for events like the TEXAS200 event, though a lot of preparation and knowledge about the boat is necessary for tough events of this type. We recommend the lug sail with an extra reef point.

The PD Goose is the ultimate in cheap, light and easy. It is a boat that a sailor can dominate because it is so small, simple and light. Not to mention easy to store and transport.

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Specs

 
Type: boats
LOA: 3.20 m - 10' 5"
Beam: 1.20 m - 3' 11"
Sail Area: 7.50 sq m - 80.70 sqf
Capacity: 2 Crew
Plan Price: AUD $20.00
(Product Code: 1-214-104)
 
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