Project Phoenix started out of a frustration with the disappointing results achieved with Moondog of Jersey the ex quarter tonner. Given Moondog's extreme IOR style the CHS and IRC rules seemed to give a rating that was difficult to race to.

The search then started for a hull design to make use of Moondog's sails and fittings. A number of designers were approached however given the cost of a one off design the discovery of Dudley Dix's stock designs on the web seems to give an appropriate solution.

Light weight, similar rig, sportsboat style with asymmetric downwind sails, allied to a lifting keel all seemed appropriate for our type of sailing and build budget.

The hope with the Didi 26 design is for fun sailing at much greater speed than the quarter tonner gives. Whether we achieve any better race results remains to be seen! The lifting keel will also make launching and recovery once a year a real low budget affair, not to mention ease of midseason scrub.

Building started in March 2004 after the arrival of all the timber. The hope is to have the new design racing in 2005. I will update the story as the build progresses and will keep a log of time spent and expenditure. This could be a route for others with modern sails on old quarter tonner hulls to get some fun back by building an inexpensive new hull. 


Progress Update:

January 2005 Bulhead Repairs May 2006
  April 2005  
  Winter 05/06  
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Purchase Of Wood Materials Rudder Cut Outs Ready For Gluing Keel & Keel Box Construction
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Bulkhead Construction Bulkhead Construction Rear Bulkhead Construction
Hull Construction Frame Hull Construction Tent Front Bulkheads In Place
Front Bulkheads In Place Keel Box In Place All Bulkheads In Place
Stringers Glued In Bulkhead Correction Outer Stringers In Place
Outer Stringers In Place Cockpit Floor Fitted Cockpit Sides & Floor Fitted
Sheer Clamps Fitted Transom In Place Upper Side Panels Fitted
Bow Preparation For Panel Fitting Bow Panels Fitted Rear Bottom Panels Fitted
First Layer Of Radius Chines First Layer Complete Second Layer In Progress
Epoxy Coating Hull Full Rub Down First Undercoat
New Cradle Completed Rolling Hull Over Rolling Hull Over
Rolling Hull Over Boat Lifted Onto Cradle Boat Lifted Onto Cradle
New APR 90 Cool Box Construction Epoxy Coating Interior
Epoxy Coating Interior Filleting Rear Panels Internal Construction
Filleting Rear Panels Rear Panel Fillets Complete Galley Construction
Epoxying Front Panels Backbone Reinforcement Cabin End In Place
Epoxy Coating Completed Forward Deck Stringers Fitting Bunk Fronts
Fitting Fore Deck Fitting Side Decks Fitting Side Decks
Fitting Bunk Fronts Fitting Side Decks Fitting Coach Roof Panels
Taping Coach Roof Seams Fore Hatch & Window Cut Outs Mast Support
Taping Internal Seams Fitting Chain Plates Sheer Clamp Capping
Fitting Seacocks In Heads Fitting Hatch Slides Log And Depth Sounder Installed
Fitting Floor Board Supports Fitting Floorboards Bow Capping Piece
Hatch Fittings Fitting Mast Step Fitting Door Frame In Heads
Epoxy Coating Deck Fitting Bowsprit Traveller Undercoating Centre Cabin
Fitting Rear Deck Stringers Fitting Rear Decks Fitting Toe Rail
Aft Corner Stanchions Tidying Transom / Aft Deck Re-Worked Pulpit
Building Keel Bulb Plug Building Keel Bulb Plug Painting Cabin Interior
Painting Cabin Interior Fitting New Spreaders Trial Mast Lift
Trial Mast Lift Galley Fitted Epoxy coating Rear Decks
Top Coat On Coach Roof Varnishing Transom First Top Coat On Hull
First Top Coat On Decks Instruments Fitted Antifouling
Keel Bulb Delivered Switch Panels & GPS Fitted Rear Berth Tops Fitted
Bilge Pumps Fitted Pullpit Fitted Fitting Deck Gear
Fitting Keel Bulb Fitting Keel Bulb Fitting Keel Bulb
Applying Logo Applying Boat Name Non Slip Decks Patches
Ready For Trailing Launching Moondog Christening
Launching Moondog Launching Moondog On Mooring