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  • 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


The Strider is built using stringers and bulkheads with ply hull skins. The round bilge bottom is double diagonal, two layers 3mm (1/8in) plywood. That finishes at the topside knuckle and above that it is sheet ply. That speeds construction while the knuckle also adds vital extra space inside (every little counts on a small boat!) and helps deflect spray when sailing



Looking forward from the aft deck to the main companionway hatch. It is also possible to have a side entrance hatch if desired.

Beams are held in place with vertical beambolts. So the bolts are in sheer, and there are no holes in the beams themselves

The daggerboard case is offset on the inner hull skin. So it doesn't interfere with the interior and its easy to pull up and down. Beam box knees take the loads down into the hull. Bunk boards still to be fitted


As an alternative, Strider hulls can also be built in strip plank cedar. Either strip plank just below the knuckle or, as here, all the way to the gunwale. Advantages of the strip planking are a cleaner interior with stringers and possibly a higher resale value. There is no real structural difference between the two build methods

Always paint the hull while it is still upside down!! Much quicker and easier and it has to be done sometime anyway

These children also feature in some of the Strider sailing photos