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

My apologies for the very poor photos. This was the prototype Windsong, Cockleshell Hero, built in 1000 hours and launched in the UK in 1980. It is seem here, below, sailing in a gale in N Denmark on a trip to Norway and the Baltic. We used it as a liveaboard cruiser for 5 years. It was then sold and sailed to West Africa, and was last heard of in the Azores

Note the Crayfish dinghy and windsurfer on the foredeck

Plenty of room on deck - count the heads and include the cameraman!

This plywood hulled Windsong was built on a very low budget and used a second hand masthead rig. That didn't stop the owner from making two Atlantic crossings, one singlehanded

The aft platform has room for a dinghy

Two Windsongs at anchor, note the cuddy on the nearer one, see below

Setting off to cross the Atlantic




A masthead screecher can be used to increase sail area in light winds. This Scottish boat sailed round Britain and to Norway.


This Windsong has an owner built cuddy, much like that used on the Merlin/Strider and Saturn. Even so, it still has a high bridgedeck clearance



The owner of this Windsong wrote: "Photos are of her maiden voyage down the river Avon and then into the Bristol Channel for a day sail. The boat is not really properly tuned but she went really well ( about 11- 12 knots on a reach and 7-8 knots to windward and coped with some very bumpy (Bristol Channel chop) seas on the way back. Very very pleased"


A Canadian Windsong