Copyright 2017 - Woods Designs, Foss Quay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1EN, UK
  • home built Flica 37

  • 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

Lachlan Wilson, of Australia launched the second Gypsy and writes: "Have now finished running her in. We are off to the Whitsundays for Christmas and start serious cruising next year. All up the Gypsy cost us £10,000 including a new outboard. This I find very reasonable considering it took 17 months to build, part time. I feel a lot of this is due to the single chine design, enabling a speedy manufacture of the hulls. Thanks for being able to build this cat to your design. The simplicity, phone help etc has enabled this very amateur to finish the Gypsy. It has been a short, worthwhile project. We find the 3 cabin set up not a problem for 2 or 3 as one still retains privacy, not so easily obtained on a bridgedeck cabin cat of this size."

We sold our prototype Wizard to two ladies from Norway. They write "We are thrilled with our new boat. She is absolutely fabulous. We will probably call her Sea Witch because she has be-witched us and can do so many tricks."

Bill Richards in New Zealand is now sailing his Wizard. "I've been sailing it now for a couple of months and the performance of the design is excellent. Everyone who's had a sail so far has been really impressed with the boat. Even diehard speed-boat freaks who never wanted to go sailing before are asking for trips. I would recommend this design to anyone looking for a fast and stable cruiser racer."

The Mira "Timena of Sylt" sailed by Jurgen and Ines Kruger nearly made it round the world. "The boat was sold in Sicily. Tacking up the Red Sea and through the Med was not always fun. March and April in the Med was horribly cold for us "tropical softies". We were not very keen on sailing further to Gibraltar and home to Germany, especially as Ines is 7 months pregnant. We sold the boat for a very reasonable price. After 35000 miles the boat is still in perfect shape, actually as good as new and we never had any real problems with her. Thanks again for the nice design job of the Mira. It was for us an almost perfect boat for the tropics. Fast, easy and cheap to build and safe, easy and fast to sail. What else can you ask for?"

Geir Myhre of Norway finished his Janus last year "I want to thank you for the quality of the plans and great designs. Your plans are very detailed and easy to understand even with my bad English. I had a good time building the boat. We live on an island called Radoy on the west coast of Norway and the weather can be quite rough at times. The boat is fast and sails very good, is easy to handle either with sail or power. So we like our boat very much!!"

Beni von Daniken is building an Ondina in Sri Lanka "One hull of the Ondina is finished and we moved it out of the boatyard last week. Work like that always ends in a party and half of the fishing village is celebrating. I think the first hull is very nicely done and I am a little bit proud"

For the fourth time a Banshee successfully completed the grueling 2-Handed Round Britain and Ireland race. Unfortunately for the crews it was a heavy weather, windward race. Tony Purser and Pip Patterson did very well to finish 3rd in class and 3rd multihull on handicap. Tony is getting a lot of experience in offshore racing as he also finished the 1997 Fastnet race, the first catamaran ever to compete in this famous ocean race.