Supplement to OZ Racer Plans only
Instant Download: $20
Full Package including OZ Racer Plans
Instant Download: $40
Note: You will download either full plans for the Oz Racer and the Puddle Goose Suppliment or the Puddle Goose Suppliment only. Be aware that the Oz Racer plans will not result in a class legal PDRacer.
Note: If you do not alreadyhave the OZ Racer Plans (formerly the OZ PDRacer), you will need the full package above. If you do have the OZ Racer plans you only need the Puddle Goose supplement.
The OZ Racer plans contain the detailed step by step instructions for the rudder, centreboard, rudderbox, mast, boom and sail. The Goose suppliment shows you how to build the larger 12 foot hull that uses the same rudder, sail and board as the Oz Racer. Everything is there, but building the Goose requires fairly careful reading between the Goose Supplement and the plans for the Oz Mk2 Racer.
If you have already built an OZ Racer this can be a second hull for your existing parts.
The PDRacer international forum started discussing a longer version of the humble PDRacer - and I had some drawings on hand already for a 12ft version because of Bob Alston. He actually thought up the name, which I quite like.
We really do recommend the OZ Racer for most people and you do need to purchase the plan for the OZ Racer to build the new almost 12ft PDGoose. If you are interested in the shorter, lighter, simpler boat, look at the OZ Racer.
Bob Alston contacted me a couple of years ago wondering how to change the just under 8ft (2.4m) Oz PDR into a just under 12ft (3.5m) boat more suitable for two people. The standard OZ does take a passenger fine and sails well, but it is not a particularly participatory place to sit.
However, stretching the boat to 12ft allows two people to sit side by side as in the cover 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 (Bob’s name for it) is that it uses ALL the bits the same as the OZ PDR – 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.
A bigger boat when friends drop round
The PDRacer 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.
There are lots of arguments for not getting a bigger boat if you really don't need it. Listen to them! The great thing about the original PDRacer is that it is so simple and quick to use. The hull only weighs about 65lbs.
However I think some PDRacer owners will enjoy having a PDGoose as well as more people can go sailing with you and it will be a little bit faster than the PDRacer which might be useful sometimes.
The goose has the same enclosed side tanks as pioneered on the OZ PDR so if you do capsize the boat will float on its side and then will come upright with very little water aboard. See the capsize sequence for the PDR here.
Uses the same bits as the OZ PDR
Everything for the OZ PDRacer and the OZ Goose is identical except for the hull. This means if you have a PDRacer, you can just build the Goose hull and transfer all the working bits across.
The mast for the OZ is strong enough for one person leaning out hard – so you can sail the PDGoose very hard singlehanded. However when sailing Two up I would recommend that the crew only sit comfortably on the side decks and not lean out hard – otherwise the mast might break. If you do want to build a real two person OZ PDGoose mast I will be designing a new mast for it later.
Some videos from Ian Henehan (pictured above)
I will bet you thought I dropped off the end of the world when I never got back with the results for the PDR Goose version.
I must confess I did not take the boat out at all last year, but, the goose is FANTASTIC!!! I had a bout with the "big C" last year, and didn't get much done at all.
However, the hull you designed is so great I intend to build another one just for use with a motor.
In 2007 I took the PDR GOOSE out a couple of times with a motor before my health probs kicked in, and I went in the water, on purpose, and brought all 155 kilos of me up over the side of the boat with NO problems. got caught out in a sudden blow where the wind was hitting 38 miles and hour with my wife on board and took no water in. the hull design is fantastic.
(Michael says: this is probably an exaggeration as to wind speed and probably represents a high point for the day taken from the weather report in the evening. I don't recommend that beginning sailors go out in that wind strength and some experienced sailors will probably decide not to as well!)
Do I owe you something for the hull I am building now? this one is only for use with a motor, but adhering closely to your design.
Sorry I took so long to get back in touch, but just thought you would like to know about the goose.
Have a great day, and have some FUN with it
Here is a video of Jim Post's "Swift Boat" sailing:
Always remember: Without the Puddle Duck Racer, there would be no PDGoose". Here is a suggestion for goose builders: purchase a HIN plate from PDRacer.com. We know they don't have hull numbers, instead they use born on dates in the YYMMDD format, which you can put right there on the HIN plate when you attach it to your boat.