These pictures are from Gene Lueg. His family and their new Skiff
First three in Eufaula at Sail Oklahoma last one in Beaver's
Last week we my pathfinder "bleu noddy" hit the water
for the first time! Everything went fine and despite the very
light wind and a lot of rain she sailed beautiful, thanks for
the design John! The break-back trailer works very nice, with
the wheels just touching the water it was no problem at all to
winch her back on. Just hope we get some more days of sailing
weather before winter. Is this the first Pathfinder in Holland
or are there any more out here?
Greetings from a very happy builder/owner of a Welsford Boat.
This June I launched my Paul Gartside designed Blue Skies. She's
a 20 ft. 3in. long live-aboard pedal boat built to solve the problem
of finding waterfront camping when exploring the Chesapeake Bay
envrions (much of the bay waterfront is either private or marsh)......
and maybe doing that dream trip down the intercoastal waterway
to Florida one fall. Loaded with a week of provisions (3 days
water), she comfortably cruises at 3.5 knots. Propulsion is from
a Hobie Mirage Drive. Bimini
hardware are from Duckworks. She is constructed of 3/4 in. wide
cedar strips under 6 oz. glass/epoxy. The project took two and
a half years of (mostly) enjoyable evenings and weekends.
Construction photos are posted on https://www.flickr.com/photos/doooo/.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions or comments.
The launch of SCAMP. She moved well, came through all her tacks,
and was rock solid.
Note to John Welsford by Josh
HERE with more pictures.
For what it's worth, I recently built a Dubber from 1/8"
luan (good one side, 3 ply, aka doorskin - $15 +/- per sheet)
with non-marine epoxy coated inside and out. The inside was painted
with latex enamel and the outside with three coats of spar varnish.
I keep it in the garage, haul it in the van and drag it up onto
gravely beaches. So far I have not seen any problems with using
this material. I looked at Hydrotek but felt that it was too stiff
to make the severe bends required by the plans. Dubber; 9' 3"
length, 32" beam, 30# weight, capacity I adult + 1 small
child. I found that a local lumber yard had the doorskin in stock.
KD 860 Surprise
Here is the first correct built KD 860. The owner of this KD
860 is an experienced catamaran builder and a keen sailor.
On the day the picture was taken more multi hulls where sailing
on the Foerde. All where bigger as the KD 860. He was sailing
in the first part of the crowd, but before the wind she was the
fastest boat (a surprise to me in the way).
For more information concerning the design please look at the
August 2006 article HERE.
The boat has not changed besides some cosmetics at the transom
which is more or less as shown in the picture.