Plans – Geelong

Build Geelong – a 4.7m Outrigger

A multihull yacht you can park in your garage. Narrow enough to walk along the footpath to the water.

10 minutes to assemble, and you are off sailing, taking your wheels with you. With tons of room inside for food, clothing and fishing gear, this boat is ideal for a day on the water.

Specifications - Geelong
  • LOA   (length over all)       = 4.7 m – (15.4ft)
  • Beam main hull (max at handrails) = 700 mm – (28in)
  • Beam assembled = 2.6 m – (8.5ft)
  • Height of sides  = 550 mm – (22in)
  • Estimated weight of boat = 60 kg – (132lbs)   (complete boat including pontoon, mast, sail and x-beams)
  • DWL (designed waterline) = 210mm – (8.2in)  (at the bottom edge of the middway hull sidepanel – chine)
  • Displacement at DWL  = 235 kg – (518lbs)
  • As this is a sailing boat no loading data is required
  • If you intend to use a motor and need data – contact me

Comfortable for 2 people to stretch out, and plenty of freeboard to handle choppy water. This boat is so easily driven, with a few strokes of a paddle she will coast for hundreds of metres. And, with the slightest of breeze you are off sailing. 

The video on the left gives you a good idea of how easily she moves.  And you will never be on your own when you get her out. She turns heads every time I walk her to the water, even catching the eye of the local newspaper (see above).

Rigging and Propulsion

Plans include all template and elevation drawings for the hull, outrigger, rudder, daggerboard and casing — material list for the major parts and specifications. 
The plans package provide all the information you need to build the boat, except for the Rig. What sails you use and how you rig the boat is left to your discretion.

Rigging – Geelong can be rigged as follows

  • Cat rigged in the same way as in the photos and videos.
  • Gaff rigged which is a practical rig type to use on this boat.
  • Electric drive (or outboard) – you could also not use sails at all. An electric drive makes for a great fishing boat. It is quiet, and there is plenty of room to stretch out inside. Her low resistance in the water means your batteries will take you a long way. Moreover, if they do die, she is easily paddled home.

NOTE – if you build the boat for electric drive, you can save yourself the building of a rudder, mast & sails and daggerboard, although the daggerboard helps if there is wind around. You don’t even need the kick up transom. You can steer with the motor, depending on the setup. Used in this way you have a boat you can build much quicker.

Other Boats being built

Here are some photos and video from Ralf, in Cyprus.

He has done a great job, building in a makeshift extension to his house, under tarps to give himself room to build, not just one but two boats. Starting with a Tewantin, and then onto a Geelong, which you can see here being launched.

Great workmanship, Ralf.

Tim Weston Boats

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