Michael Storer Boat Design
Not long ago, Michael Storer, the australian
boat designer, approached us about offering his plans through
Duckworks. Naturally we were excited to hear this as we are
big fans of his work. His idea was to avoid the extra costs
of printing and overseas shipping by offering the files in
PDF format. We began with the brand new OZ
Racer and are slowly adding more of Michael's
plans as they become available. If you are anxious to see
a particular Storer plan offered here (such as Goat Island
Skiff or Beth the kamakazi canoe) please be patient as we
are adding more plans here as they become available.
To order Storer plans not offered here,
or to read some of what the designer has to say, visit the
Storer Boatplans Blog.
What makes Michael Storer boats
A light boat is easier and more fun to use. We really
understand lightweight structures so our boats are often
half the weight of similar types that you may see elsewhere.
And we do this without sacrificing strength. It also makes
them cheaper and faster to build - fewer parts!
Our plans are step by step in most cases and include full
instructions on how to use all the materials involved.
As we understand boat structures so well we eliminate
parts wherever possible. You will find the total number
of parts involved in our boats can be half or a third
of some similar designs. We have put a full
free plan for paddles up to download so you
can see the detail for yourself.
Take a boat that is light and strong and you can't stop
it from being fast! Our boats might have a strong traditional
character, but they don't behave that way. We like sailing
fast boats - our "character boats" will sail,
row and paddle rings around others. With our motor boats
they have excellent performance with smaller motors and
excellent fuel economy.
We have spent years designing boats and selling materials.
As a result we have seen most problems that people come
across when building their first (and subsequent ) boats
and have set up the plans to make that job as easy as
possible. We also listen to builder feedback and incorporate
the best ideas into the plans.
I ordered the plans for the Goat Island Skiff and the little PD Racer awhile ago. Now I have ordered many mail order sheet plans before and that is what I expected to get from you. Not so. This was my first set of plans that I was able to download to my computer and print out. I was amazed! To all first time buyers, make sure you have a fresh ink cartridge and lots of paper. It was like printing out a book! Even the smallest details are covered. I put the whole set of plans in a three hole binder. I still cannot get over the detail and quality of these plans. ANY first time builder should have no problems building these boats. It is so nice to see a designer who takes the guess work out of building a boat. Makes it a fun family project. That's the whole point of home boat building. Well done!