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  • 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

"I found her responsive, easy to sail and thrilling. But at no time did she give me the feeling of sailing on a knife edge" Practical Boat Owner Magazine (UK) Boat Test 1985

Here is a link to more of the report

An Italian Pixie builder wrote "I'm spending my Christmas holiday building your Pixie catamaran in my living room (as usual). See picture enclosed (note the Christmas tree!). I purchased ... and admired your beautiful old fashioned hand made drawings! "

Later he wrote "After a 6 months pregnancy the Italian Pixie has reached the sea on July 12. Don't look at the sail and boom which are borrowed from my 14' dinghy. The cat is wonderful and everyone on the beach stops to look at it."

David S wrote "Here is a photo of our Pixie close to finished (ha!) in Lima, Peru. As you can see space is at a premium, and the starboard bow is in the bathroom, which is the current workshop"


Late he wrote "Despite the small workshop the boat looks good on the water!" Note: This is the blue Pixie seen on the heading page

Then this from a student "I just thought you might like to see my completed Pixie catamaran, I finished it on the required date of the 25th of August, and it was marked a couple of days later. Thank you very much for all your help, the plans were excellent and I have recommended your designs to a number of friends who after seeing my completed cat are suddenly quite interested in doing a similar project for their HSC (Higher School Certificate). I love the shape and curvature of the hulls, especially their depth and sleekness."

and JS "I am almost finished with the Pixie.  I've enjoyed every minute of it."

"Thanks for the prompt reply.  You are always so good about that.  The plans sure were a bargain.  I've gotten ten times the cost in consultation."

On the Cullison Small Craft site I saw the following quote:
"This brightly coloured catamaran (Pixie) was built by my daughter Sarah, when she was 16, having graduated up from a kayak and desirous of something that would be considerably faster than anythingher Dad had.

The boat is the "Pixie" design by Richard Woods from England. It was designed to be a stitch and glue, home-built version of the Hobie 14, and is lighter and likely faster than the Hobie. The rig suits the boat well and she is a finesailor. The two hulls disconnect from the cross-beams and the whole rig can becartopped fairly easily."

From JC "I've been meaning to send you this photo (above)  for a while, and tell you what a great success Pixie was. It's incredibly fast and stable, the kids love it, and my parents, who are not avid  sailors, have a great time with it."

 

From M.S. "I finally finished her and the maiden voyage was last weekend. She sailed beautifully!"