Copyright 2022 - Woods Designs, 16 King St, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 2AT UK
  • production Strider 24

  • 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

Once the right way up you need to fit out the interior, make the beam boxes and then deck the hull. The order can vary according to personal preference, but many people start near the bow and work aft. Ensure that the boat stays square and does not twist along its length

Detail of the knees forming the corners of each beam box

The forward bunk base, narrow but a comfortable single bunk and with sitting headroom over. The aft bunk is similar, a bit narrower and less headroom

And finished with locker lids

The forward beam box is finished and deck framing and stringers added (note the builder in the photo above has not yet fitted the outer stem)

Ply foredeck fitted. It is best to fit this in one piece and then cut out for deck hatches later as that ensures a fair deck curve

The aft beam box and aft deck being fitted

The raised aft deck makes for a more comfortable cockpit seat

Framing the cabin roof

Fitting the aft decks and cabin sides


The Shadow has a side opening hatch, but an aft opening is used on Strider so is an alternative


The alternative aft entry hatch. Easy to get into the hull from the helm and to store long items, but it does mean everything tend to pile up at the aft end of the hull. The central hatch means you store stuff forward and aft and also you don't need to get so close to the gunwales when getting into the hull. Better for families with children?

The mast beam fits onto a simple wood bracket on the hull side

The window bolts still need to be cut back flush

The aft beam assembly. No holes in the beams and the beam bolt loads are sheer loads, not a vertical pull. Much stronger and no chance of rot

The deep mastbeam add a surprising feeling of security when in the cockpit and obviously is also stiffer and keeps the crew drier.



The rudder stock is st steel and fits to a plywood rudder blade

The cockpit floor and mast beam with owner added side benches. One advantage of the Shadow over similar boats is that the rig was deliberately designed to keep all sheets and ropes out of the cockpit area - leaving it clear for non-sailors to enjoy

Lockers built into the mastbeam


the completed aft hatch

Almost ready to launch! (not the vertical wood pole is not a mast! It isn't part of the boat)