Sunday, March 15, 2015

Outrigger Junior Kits Almost Ready

The builder plans for Outrigger Junior design by John Harris are 
complete and kits will be available soon.

The Outrigger Junior
Prototype Status:  Sailing
Kit Status:  Tested and ready
Plans Status:  Complete
Instruction Manual Status:  A work in progress
Pricing:  Kits will start around $2500, Plans TBD

The 15-foot Outrigger Junior has been sailing for just over a year.  We've built four prototypes and have been happy to find only a few minor things that required refinement.  Updates of note include a quick-assembly scheme for crossbeams and trampoline, cutting the setup time on the beach by as much as 75%.  While straightforward to build for someone with average wood-butchery skills, the parts-count is moderately high so the manual is an impressively thick volume.  We're taking our time to get it right.  The boat's page with lots of photos is hereDesign discussion is here.

8 comments:

Wade Tarzia said...

I pored over this boat at the Wooden Boat Show last summmer (2014) and loved it. It isn't for me (I prefer a part of the vaka to be open for various reasons) but I was so happy CLC at last came out with a tacking outrigger in a kit form. As a trailer sailor, the assembly and disassembly time at the ramp is what would prevent me from buying this kit (all those endless lashings) but this is good news that they have been working on a fix for this problem (I think this boat would have been a great case to use your folding aka hinge, Gary!).

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Collin said...

The boat looks heavy and overbuilt. It looks like it weighs a ton and would be a bear to set up to go sailing. They should have gone for efficiency over power and put together something light and fun instead of heavy and expensive

Doug Weir said...

I'd like to learn more about the lashing innovations. I have saved time using bungee cords to secure an aka to a wae. I have thought about using heavy duty webbing with ratchet spools, or cam straps, but haven't tried it out on the water.

Doug Weir said...

I'd like to learn more about the lashing innovations. I have saved time using bungee cords to secure an aka to a wae. I have thought about using heavy duty webbing with ratchet spools, or cam straps, but haven't tried it out on the water.

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