messing about in boats

Buccaneer 24 Trimaran Plans

Posted in Boat Building & Maintenance, Sailing by Joseph Moore on November 19, 2009

Full plans for Lock Crowther’s Buccaneer 24 Trimaran can be bought from oldsailor7 here. He’s also posted up a threeview, building instructions and materials list which I’ve reposted here as it never hurts to back up fantastic information like this.

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Buccaneer 24 three view

Buccaneer 24 three view

Buccaneer 24 Materials List Page 1

Buccaneer 24 Materials List Page 1

Buccaneer 24 Materials List Page 2

Buccaneer 24 Materials List Page 2

Buccaneer 24 Building Instructions Page 1

Buccaneer 24 Building Instructions Page 1

Buccaneer 24 Building Instructions Page 2

Buccaneer 24 Building Instructions Page 2

Buccaneer 24 Building Instructions Page 3

Buccaneer 24 Building Instructions Page 3

A Package From Australia

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on November 14, 2009
Buccaneer 24 Trimaran Plans

Buccaneer 24 Trimaran Plans

Guess what arrived in the post this week? A package from Australia – with boat plans inside! Plans for the Crowther Buccaneer 24 Trimaran to be exact. I figured the only way to make a sensible decision on whether it was the right choice of boat to build – or even the right choice to build a boat at all – was to get hold of the plans and see exactly what was involved.

It looks like fun, I reckon I’ll be giving it a go; Money permitting.

I’ll try and document times and costs as I go, including any ideas used to reduce the length of build and overall price as well as modernise the boat a little.

Another Buccaneer 24 Video

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on October 17, 2009

This is a really good video for anyone interested in the Buccaneer 24 Trimaran designed by Lock Crowther (What a cool name! Sounds like a pirate… actually I believe he’s an aircraft engineer). I’ve become a little obsessed with these simple little cruising trimarans lately, but haven’t got a hope in hell of seeing one in the flesh as I don’t know of any here in the UK.

Study plans and photos can only tell you so much and this video really fills in the gaps about how everything goes together, how big it is, how it sails, where useful places to keep stuff are etc.

I’m warning you now though, if you’re not curious about any of that, you’ll be bored to tears.

Got a real itch to build one now – I guess I have since I saw a couple of small trimarans anchored in the shallows off the south beach at Studland Bay earlier this summer. It just seemed a much more preferable way of arriving than the big yachts and motor cruisers way out in the bay, all struggling to get their tenders out to come ashore. The guy simply took his shoes and socks off, hopped off the back and paddled onto the beach to get an ice cream from the hut.

Arguably I could spend probably a lot less money and buy something that needs a refit, but nothing I can afford will have much space or speed. The Westerly 22 for sale not far from me is a prime example – it’s in reasonable nick, decent sized cabin, fairly seaworthy and strong little yacht – the sensible choice, but it just doesn’t excite me. Ok, speed isn’t everything, but it is useful to extend your cruising grounds and scare your friends.