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After living on board our Romany for several months I realised that a few changes would improve what has already proven to be a very comfortable cruising boat.

1) Few people use chart tables these days, preferring to use a chart plotter. Thus a chart storage area (for of course one should still always carry paper charts) is all that is required. Therefore I suggest moving the starboard hull companionway hatch forward to line up with the chart table. Doing this means that the aft bunk area can become a cabin, rather than just a bunk.

2) When seated in the cuddy there is a lot of headroom, thus wasted space. The seats can be raised so they are in line with the top of the mastbeam. The space under can be used as extra storage. Obviously the nacelle will need a double bottom so your feet touch the floor. I suggest finishing the raised floor area in line with the forward end of the galley. See sketch HERE

3) A rigid Bimini can be fitted over the cockpit. The cockpit seats are shown HERE

4) A bigger roached mainsail will make a difference to performance, but does require extra battens and better quality cloth so is significantly more expensive than the standard rig. Dave Calvert made a great sail for us. If you want a similar one please contact him direct, or me for a sail plan.

5) The cuddy table can have an end flap that folds up and over onto the existing table top and is then a fiddled storage area. Folded down it allows 2 more people to eat at the table

6) A fold down flap can be added to extend the galley work surface on the port side, although I don't think it is a good idea to make it a fixed shelf.

7) Ventilators should be fitted in the transom steps

No detail drawings of these changes will be supplied, but photos of the modifications to our own boat will be posted as soon as possible.

It seems that the original builder of our Romany did not make a full glass joint between cuddy front and roof. There should be a minimum of three layers glass on each side. So small stress cracks appeared. Just to be on the safe side I suggest making the top of the kingpost as shown in the photo below. Note, the thinness of the post is an optical illusion! The post should be glassed in place all round.


Use the hull spacing dimension from the drawing, not the photosheet. It should be 3700mm

Round Bilge offset table

Although the full size patterns are correct I still include an offset table for use as a check. I recently discovered a couple of errors in the table:

Frame 3 WL2 should be 215
Frame 4 WL3 should be 188
Frame 5 WL3 should be 202
Frame 8 WL2 should be 217

Daggerboard Position

The drawings show the daggerboard cases fitted on the outside of the hull. That is so that they do not interfere with the wing lockers. However the photo sheets show the daggerboard case on the inside of the hull. The builder whose boat I photographed chose this position to make it easier to reach and adjust the boards.

If building hard chine Wizard hulls then the daggerboard case can be fitted on the aft side Bhd4

There is no real difference in performance between the two positions so the choice is yours.

Sango and Wizard Basic Hard Chine Materials List

Hull planking 12 sheets 6mm ply 3 sheets 9mm ply
Decking 6 sheets 6mm ply
Timber 2in x 1in 200m 1in x 1in 100m
NOTE: all plywood to be best quality gaboon (okume) marine grade
All timber to be best quality softwood eg Douglas fir, sitka spruce, yellow cedar or similar.
NOTE: Timber sizes are nominal. Planed all round (PAR)
Glass sheathing 300g glass cloth (hulls) 36sq m 200g glass cloth (decks) 12sq m Epoxy 30kg min Fastenings Either 1in counter sunk stainless steel self tappers or gripfast/anchorfast barbed ring boat nails Approx 2000 reqd

Wizard needs 3 fewer sheets 6mm ply

Raised hull cabins

These are removable and will fit nest one inside the other and fit on the cockpit for transport. Adds headroom and light to the hulls. CLICK HERE for basic drawings

Bulkhead dimensions

Bhd 4 sheer height is 684 (not 634)

Bhd 6 aft deck height above gunwale is 89 (not 97)

A builder has just pointed out an error in the upper panel sizes. I suspect that others have seen it already but he is the first to point it out to me. The error applies to both the Skoota 18 and Chat 18. The correct dimensions are given in the attached drawing. However, as the plans say, make this panel over size at the transom and trim it back after fitting to your own boat. It also seems that Bhd2 could usefully be reversed so that the framing is on the forward side. Or simply add an extra 2inx1in on the inner sides to take the hull planking.


The aft cockpit bulkhead, Bhd5 should be as shown 


The bridgedeck reinforcing drawing was misleading, below is the revised drawing

The cockpit drawing has also been revised

Then the Chat 18 kingpost has been revised, shown in two drawings below


 We can send you revised pdfs of these images on request

You can use Nacra 5.2 catamaran rudders on a Chat 18 instead of the ones shown. 

You can use a swing down outbaord bracket instead of a nacelle. But make sure the engine clears the tiller bar when up and prop is at least 100mm in the water when at rest

You can use standard 75mm 3in glass tape instead of cloth. But use 3 layers each side and double over the lower chine joint when sheathing the hull

For those who are inexperienced or who prefer gentle sailing a smaller sailplan is now available, see below. Which ever rig you chose a roller reefing jib is highly recommended. I use the Plastimo 406, in part because it can be fitted to an existing forestay. The basic jib furler as shown as an option to hanks does not allow the sail to be reefed, only rolled up.

Please contact me for pdfs of these drawings if you do not have them.


Note: Many people fit a used beach cat rig instead of the gunter rig shown. A 14-16ft beach cat is suitable but a reef point at about 1500 is highly recommended. You can remove alternate lower battens to save weight and friction when hoisting.

If you use the gunter rig then to reef you will need to lower the mainsail completely and re-attach the halyard to another point on the gaff fitted 1500 below the standard position. And you will need another slot in the sail luff tube for that purpose. An alternative is to have a luff groove in the yard and a halyard so the sail can be adjusted as if it were a normal bermudian mainsail

Whichever rig you use you should certainly be handholding the mainsheet in winds over about 10 knots and start to reef in 15. The Chat is a small boat!


Tillers should be 700, not 480 long

Rudders can be 150mm shorter.

Glass layup can be 600g biaxial on each side of the strip cedar.

I have uploaded a revised sheet and some photos of the outrigger beam attachment blocks as a zip file

You can download it HERE The beams need to be glassed all round. The plans now have optional hard chine outriggers. These are more buoyant than the original rounded V hulls. I have also drawn drop in beams which are easier to make than the pivoting beams but take a few minutes longer to assemble.  The Strike cannot then be folded for storage of course, only completely dismantled. Please email for the drawings if you want them. A wood rudder drawing is shown here. All new plan buyers get the extra sheets of course.

Strike 18 Materials List

6mm gaboon ply (8ft x 4ft sheets) 10 sheets

2in x 1in 25m
11/2in x 1in 40m
1in x 1in 10m
5in x 1in 3m or laminate from 2in x 1in
3in x 2in kingpost 1.3m

Epoxy resin 10kgs min 200g glass cloth 2kgs min
Screws 3/4in counter sunk stainless steel 1000 (or use barbed ring nails)
Filler etc as required
Scrap timber for frame No allowance for waste Timber sizes nominal planed all round (PAR) use softwood, eg Douglas, fir, Sitka spruce etc

The outboard bracket sketch is HERE, see photo below. A 2hp min outboard is recommended, 3hp max. We use a 4 stroke Suzuki 2.5hp. Highly recommended, as it is the lightest small outboard available. Max speed is 6.5 knots.

The beam bolt plate is shown below.

The trampoline fastening is shown below

Note pocket at front end. Inner edge has a sleeve with 18mm (3/4in) dia aluminium tube inside. Lash this to the hull with lashings at about 300mm (12in) spacing. Either use eyelets or simply drill through the timber. Inner edge tramp should line up with beam bolts.

The removable cabin is made after completing the boat and is made to suit your boat. See sketch HERE and typical hatch below. This version gives more headroom below, but is awkward to get into when sailing to windward. A sliding hatch is a better option in that case. The "aft deck" of the cabin should be 200mm high max. It can be lower, but room inside reduces however it makes it easier to cross the deck when tacking. Adjust panels as necessary

To simplify raising the mast, chainplates can be added to the windscreen corners. Note these may need to be removable if cabin is fitted. Top hole for shackle to line up with mast step pivot.

Embarrassing note: I initially fitted mine in the wrong place, later they were moved forward, see photo below.

A method of reefing is recommended. There are two options. First, and recommended, is to have reef points installed about 1m (3ft) above the boom or as convenient. The second is simply to "roller reef" the mainsail by rolling it round the boom. Note this will probably mean lowering the sail completely first, but is obviously the easiest method if you rarely sail in bad weather. A roller reefing/furling jib is also recommended.

If the cabin is not fitted you will need a simple boom tent (approx 8ft x 6ft) to stop rain water filling the cockpit if the boat is left afloat.

To attach the aft corners we screwed small eyelets to the outriggers

It maybe that we have sailed our own Strike too much in the rain, but I have now decided that a longer windscreen is a more practical, comfortable arrangement for those not using the removable cabin. See sketch HERE. Of course the removable cabin can still be fitted, but the dimensions will have to be modified to suit the longer windscreen.

The photo below shows wire luffed screecher, mainsail downhaul and kicking strap details. Note mast rotation spanner can be forward or aft of mast. Blue lines are spanner rotation lines to eyelets on window joints, while vertical blue lines are temporary stays (left slack when sailing) to assist mast raising. These have now been changed to 2mm wires. Kicking strap only needs to be tight when offwind (otherwise mast rotation is difficult).

The optional screecher is for experienced sailors only. Luff 7.5m, leech 6.5m, foot 4.6m, area 15sqm. All sizes are approx, depends on own mast. It is fitted to a bowsprit which is two 11/2in (37mm) dia aluminium tubes 1.8m total length. Fit each side of forestay fitting, so tubes are slightly bent - which helps hold them stiff. Attached on the inner end by a horizontal through bolt which goes through a large eyelet bolted to a deck pad. Note blue rubber pad to stop chafe. Outer end is bolted together with a 2in x 6mm x 4in long (50mm x 6mm x 100mm) aluminium plate which takes dolphin striker (below) and screecher furling drum (above)

3mm (1/8in) wire dolphin striker is taken to a chainplate bolted through solid stem just above WL. Screecher furling drum at bottom and swivel at top to suit a beach cat screecher. Halyard take off at mast head.

Screecher halyard is pulled to masthead. Then lower end is tightened by rope through block at bowsprit end to convenient cleat by windscreen (cleat shown on right with thick rope). Furling line to small cleat as required (above beam). Screecher is sheeted to small swivel blocks initially lashed mid way along aft beam. Adjust position to suit own rig after trial sails. (Because the boat uses a variety of beach cats for rig and outriggers you have to expect a degree of experimentation to get the boat optimised.)

NOTE: If using the cabin or if sailing in Category C (coastal) rather than Cat D (sheltered water) then "waterstays" are recommended to help stiffen the beams. If using Quattro hulls then make both the fore and aft beams from the same section and fit both vertically to maximise stiffness. See sketch HERE. Note, you may be able to use the existing dolphin striker fitting on the front beams.

For those who want better windward performance, particularly when using a boardless beach cat, I have drawn a main hull daggerboard. Note, this can be retrofitted if desired. Click HERE for a drawing

If you sail regularly in shallow water you may prefer a main hull centreboard. See HERE for a pdf basic drawing

The bottom of Bulkhead 1 needs trimming off square to suit the keel stringer. It probably isn't that clear from the drawings, but the building manual sheet 2, top photo, shows it well.

You can reduce the beam mounting extensions as shown in the photos below. Note: When drilling the pivot holes ensure that they are the same distance above the WL (or wing base) +/- 30mm or the beams will not fold up easily. There is an updated Sheet 18 HERE

Note bevelled wood block above beam bracket that helps support beam when folded up

We started with a rope mainsheet horse. Simple, but awkward and irritating. So we have now changed to the proper horse shown below. All made from scrap 4in x 2in, as always. Note simple car adjustment. Track height will depend on your own tiller. Ensure it can tack properly!

The simplest mast supports are as below. We made ours from scrap 4in x 2in timber, soon to be remade properly, but even so they would be neater in aluminium!

The advantage of this mainsheet system is that the aft mast support slots neatly in position (note the locating blocks glued to the transom step) with no lashing required.

Mast supports should result in mast resting approx 100mm above mast step

Note: The aft support should be wider than the diamond spreaders to simplify moving the mast. The roller helps. This support comes under high twisting load as you push the mast to/fro so bolt it together securely. The forward support is less loaded. Again note supports which stop support moving. Also note vital carpeting! Alternatively (depending in part on towcar used and local trailering laws) you can fit a pad on top of the mast step and use that as the forward support (we use a fender). Saves weight and time.

We fitted U bolts through the cockpit sides (pads on the inside of course) to take the hold down straps, see below.

The white rope holds the (std) outrigger in place, obviously there is another on the other side of the trailer for the port outrigger. We also have a security strap holding the forward end of the outriggers together.

The hull securing straps are cut to length and marked, one port and std aft, one forward (not strictly necessary) plus the trailer winch which also holds down the front mast support. The mast is held down by two straps, again cut to length and marked. It all speeds assembly/disassembly.

Although we have had no problems with our standard trailer (even though we live up a very steep bumpy track and launch from a rough shingle beach) I recommend getting a trailer with as wide a wheel base as possible. That will give a more reassuring ride, especially on main roads busy with large vehicles.

Although it is feasible to raise the mast in one go, as shown on the video, you can use a temporary supporting pole to give yourself a breather. See photo below showing our pole, made, as always, from 4in x 2in and about 1.5m long. Note "U" shaped notch to hold mast securely. Pole slots between mainsheet track and transom step

To make it easier to tack the jib and prevent snarl-ups I remove the mast raising stabilising wires and clip them to a eyelet on the front of the windscreen (hidden inside the tube in the photo below). Then I cut a 600mm (24in) piece of 37mm dia (11/2in) water pipe and slid it over the wires as shown in the photo below. Works a treat

One idea that I should have thought of are the wing lockers as seen on the Strike built by "Nealfromtexas"

A 100+kg (20 stone, 240lbs+) man was helping us rig our boat on shore. He jumped onto the cockpit wing and cracked the joints. So I suggest adding an underwing stringer running full length between the beams. You can download a pdf of the revised drawing HERE

To help counteract the pull of the trampolines when several people are sitting on them I now recommend adding some extra reinforcing as shown in the sketch below

Please ignore the 640 measurement between Bhd 5 and Transom on Sht6. Clearly a 540 hull panel cannot stretch to 640mm!