Michael Storer has removed the OZ PDR from sale. We have two other PDR plans available from John Welsford and Jim Michalak. Michael is currently working on a Mk3 version that should only be a few weeks away.
Printed Plans - $45 + p&h
(the same plans - printed by us)
Instant Download: $20 (the same plans - you print)
A few years ago, David
"Shorty" Routh designed the original PDRacer.
He laid out the basic simple design parameters in a Duckworks
article. About that time, he set
up the pdracer.com
website to organize information about the new class of
Shorty's first PDRacer
Shorty's idea was for a
simple, inexpensive sailboat that anyone could build in
their garage or backyard with commonly available materials
and carry on the top of their car to race with other similar
boats at a local lake, pond or bay. His idea was an overnight
success. From the very first race,
the idea spread until soon there were over a hundred boats
in most of the fifty US states and a dozen countries.
When Michael Storer, an
Australian small boat designer heard about the PDRacer,
he was impressed with the possibilities the little boat
represented and when his mate, Peter Hyndman, and he designed
and built a couple of the boats, they were convinced that
the simple, little sailboat had tremendous potential.
But Michael thought that
there ought to be a more comprehensive set of building
instructions. He noticed that most of the previously built
boats were fairly crude in construction and therefore
did not live up to their potential in terms of weight,
strength and sailing performance.
the first Oz PDRacers
So with the idea of filling
this gap, he set about refining the design in a way that
would be within Shorty's original parameters yet provide
builders a better boat than many of the ones that had
been built up to that time. He documenting his version
with detailed instructions all to be offered in a PDF
document for the incredibly low price for twenty bucks.
The result is the Oz
Michael further went on
to recruit a few online plan sellers to take care of the
merchandising and distribution of these plans - Duckworks
being one of the first. We are delighted and honored to
be able to offer these plans to our customers who want
to build a competitive PDRacer and join this growing worldwide
movement of similar minded folks.
want to take a minute to emphasize how good these plans
are. These are not your run of the mill cheap plans. There
are three PDF files totaling 3 megs. The first is a set
of excellent drawings suitable for printing. Those are
followed by instructions for making a high performance
sail from polytarp. Finally, there is the main construction
file. Even if you already have a PDRacer, this file contains
information that you can use to improve its performance.
For instance, the masts, rudderstocks and foils are lighter
(and still economical) than most found on PDRacers. Isn't
it worth twenty bucks to win your next race?
For more information on
this boat here are a few more links:
You are right, these really are
excellent instructions and worth every penny. (The exchange-rate
in the UK makes it even better, hardly the price of
a pizza for two, and the trimmings, when delivered at
Much obliged, Tony.
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!