Copyright 2017 - Woods Designs, Foss Quay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1EN, UK
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First a couple of interior shots. These are of grp boats and show what can/should be done if you plan to cruise and life onboard for longer periods instead of just daysailing.

Just visible is a third child on the forward bunk.

A wood Shadow ready to rig and launch

Ready to sail! The owner reported "There is no winch on the boat, but a brilliantly designed rig that enables one to sail solo with ease.  She showed 6.1 knots GPS in 6 knots breeze on a dead beam reach.  She sails hands off pretty well, too. I am starting to complain about hard labor since I am now 65."

 

This is the boat in the building photos on launch day

 

Off at last and lots of people having lots of fun. What it's all about!

Plenty of room for 6-8 people day sailing. The jib sheets to the mast beam thus leaving the cockpit clear of ropes.

A detail of the simple forestay bridle. you can fit a bowsprit or netting beam to make a stiffer rig or to fly bigger headsails.

 

This is the classic shot from our Day Sail to Russia trip. Somewhere off SW Finland. One of the best sailing days I've ever had.

While this one is of us sailing across the English Channel (120 miles non stop)

 

Another shot of that day in Finland

The Shadow can also have a bigger rig, as shown here. Recommended for more experienced helms, or in light wind areas. Still needs no winches and the cockpit is still clear of ropes.

 

 

The tent takes only a few minutes to put up and has been used in gale force winds. The result is a nice dry comfortable extra cabin with room for a double bunk. The one above has a metal hoop system, the one below (also seen on the video) just has a single (aft) tent pole.

 

Shallow keels and fixed rudders make it safe and easy to dry out. Note, even in the hard sand of Holland, the keels have sunk in several inches

And at the end of the day you take it home....