Boat design and designers
Listings are generally in alphabetical order. Comments in quotes are from manufacturers' sites or from members. The appearance of any link here does not imply JRA endorsement.


Alan Boswell of Boswell YachtDesign, the designer behind Sunbird Yachts and Sunbird Marine Services and latterly head of design for Oyster Marine is returning to the freelance life. Alan has designed over 250 junk rigs for conversions of existing boats. Contact or at The Corn Barn, Shotley Hall Barns, Church Walk, Shotley, Ipswich, IP9 1DN, UK, Tel +44 (0) 1473 788790.

Michael Kasten is a yacht designer who is keen on junk rig: 

Duckworks Magazine is loaded with info on small junk rigs like those developed by John Welsford and Paul Fisher.

Bruce Roberts provides information about junk rigs for his boat designs. is one of the websites run by JRA member Dave Ziegler. Dave's mission statement is, "TriloBoats are formula designs for simple, DIY (Do It Yourself) plywood box-barges (scows) for sail, power and/or mooring. Their intent is to help your home-built boat onto the water in the shortest possible time, with the most possible bang for the buck (return on investment). To this end, TriloBoats are optimized for DIY home builders. As such, they are relatively inexpensive and quick to build using basic carpentry skills, tools and materials.Whether as sailing barge, power scow, or shanty boat; whether as gunk-holer, protected water cruiser or live-aboard houseboat; TriloBoats intend to provide a commodious, stable and seaworthy platform for living large on the water."

Pete Hill's catamaran Oryx is a much-modified Bernd Kohler plywood design for DIY-ers. Pete's KD 860 is hereBadger inspired many members to follow in Pete's wake - maybe Oryx will do the same!

       " ...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in junk-rigged boats" 
                                                               - the Chinese Water Rat

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