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Final preparations before leaving home

A beautifully designed Somes Sound 12 1/2 by John Brooks, of Brooks Boats Designs.

I’d like to say I built it — but without the help and support of John Brooks (International help line!), friends and family and members of the WoodenBoat Forum, “PEG” as we called her would not have been launched last Sunday 10th May 2015 in Lough Ree Yacht Club, Ireland.

Launching Date:
Sun, 05/10/2015


ZIP the DragonFlyer on her second voyage

John Brooks and Ruth Hill and their four children at Brooks Boats Designs designed and built a new plywood kit boat last summer. The DragonFlyer design is meant to be a trainer for beginning sailors and then grow with their skills, offering lively sailing as their own skills are developed. This is Brooks Boats first kit desing. The framework on which the hull built—looking sort of like an egg crate—stays in the boat strengthening it and forming air chambers. Very little material is thrown away at the end of the hull building process.

Launching Date:
Sun, 09/01/2013
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