I received my books and
the study plans for the Lillistone Phoenix
today. Thank Sandra again for me for putting
all that together and saving me a few bucks on shipping.
I appreciate it.
In the past, I had always ordered plans vs study plans...
generally not ever finding plans I couldn't use. But a
few years ago, I ordered plans from [another designer]
and all that changed. He's a great designer with wonderful
vision... but I somehow can't read his stuff. I'm sure
it's just me... but there you go. It's a pity though,
as I did like the lines of his boats... but several attempts
at reinterpreting the plans assured me that I'd be wasting
I've built an Amesbury Dory from Gardners offsets, and
was spoiled with the detail of Iain's Oughtreds plans
on the Seahorse skiff--- but I've seen nothing like Ross
Lillistone's stuff. The plans seem complete enough to
just place them near my pile of wood and watch the boat
happen. And the redundency may be unnecessary, but is
welcome: every page has every number you want. The building
notes are gravy.
Needless to say, I'll be ordering the plan set for the
Phoenix III shortly. Please pass on my thanks to Ross
(I don't speak Aussie).
Just received Ross Lillistone's plans for the Phoenix
III...and I honestly think I ripped him off.
The plans are spectacular in their clarity and detail---but
then there's the bound build book that's gotta be worth
$30. all by itself.
The photos throughout both the plans and the book are
also amazing. My cat could build this boat (damn, I probably
just blew my excuse if I screw this up, eh?)
You gotta tell more people about this guy, especially
the newer builders. Just don't tell Ross yet--no sense
having him raise his prices until I buy the rest of his