A couple of years ago, the Goat Island Skiff Julie B was donated by her builder to the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center. The intent was to sell her to some lucky sailor and use the proceeds to help support the Center's programs. What … [Read more...]
Restoring the stray goat Julie B after she followed me home one day. The Goat Island Skiff is a lightweight sailboat designed to be simple, fast and fun to build and sail. Goat Island Skiff Plans are available on designer Michael Storer's website.
When the stray goat Julie B followed me home, she did it on my wife's trailer. The bunks were just the wrong distance apart and I didn't feel like moving them. As a result, one runner broke free from the bottom of the boat and a piece of it was lost. … [Read more...]
With the runners on the bottom replaced, there was still a bit more work to be done before painting the Goat Island Skiff Julie B. The problem that concerned me most was the daggerboard trunk, where I could see some pretty large gaps in the epoxy … [Read more...]
I don't like trying to get varnish to flow upward so I decided to put a few coats on the underside and outside of the Goat's rails with the boat upside down. A thunderstorm came through while I was varnishing and my ever-vigilant dog ran … [Read more...]
As the 2020 summer drew to a close, I got the last bits of needed work done on the Stray Goat, or so I thought, so I decided it was time to do a little "yard sailing" and check out the rig before my first launch. Here's how it looked when I raised … [Read more...]
After my abortive first sail back in 2020, I had a small list of projects to accomplish prior to a second attempt. The first two were related: One of the trailer bunks is directly below the daggerboard trunk so reworking the trailer bunks to better … [Read more...]