Copyright 2022 - Woods Designs, 16 King St, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 2AT UK
  • production Strider 24

  • plywood Romany 34

  • lightweight 14ft Zeta mainhull

  • Strike 15 trimaran at speed

  • 28ft Skoota in British Columbia

  • 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy

  • 24ft Strider sailing fast

  • 36ft Mirage open deck catamaran


NOTE: These first photos show the Wizard being built, however Sango is similar

Temporary building frames are set up on building base. They are set up at a comfortable working height so that you can reach the keel, yet still get underneath the gunwale if required

Put packing tape or polythene over frames to prevent glue sticking to them

Brace frames diagonally as required, remember these frames will be used to build two hulls

Plank from gunwale towards keel on both sides. Leave planks overlong at stem.

Strips need to be trimmed narrower at aft end for approx 1200mm (4ft). Note scrap ply pieces so that temporary fastenings can easily be removed (or use long flexible strips as shown in the drawings)

After finishing planking sand and fair up hull before sheathing. This photo is of a Russian Sango under construction. Paper plans left my office Jan 2nd, and this photo was received Feb 1st, so they show less than 4 weeks work

"Wings" on inner hull sides double as walkways and in hull stowage spaces

2 finished Sango hulls ready for painting. Hulls are covered with peel ply for protection and to save sanding epoxy prior to filling

Detail of Sango transom and rudder slot. Rudder slot in transom allows rudders to kick up for beaching and trailing

A Turkish builder (below) wrote: "I have started to build Sango. It is going very well. Here is the latest photo which I took on the sixth working day."

NOTE: These photos show the Wizard under construction, the Sango is very similar. Aft decks are left off until beams have been fitted to simplify access. Note pivot bolt in aft beam. The beams are now ready to be glassed to the inner hull skins

Forward beam in position prior to cutting hole in hull. Note anchor locker hatch

Cut out hullskins in way of beam. Insert beam until it touches outer hullskin. Mark and cut beam to exact length

Aft beam now heavily glassed to inner hull skin

The cockpit and cuddy are initially built as two units to simplify building and reduce required space. They are now joined together as shown


Initial stages of final assembly, note the outboard bracket as part of the beam pivot bolt. The alternative is to have a small nacelle in the middle of the cockpit. A nacelle is better when motoring, an aft beam bracket better when sailing. Your choice