Ross Lillistone’s PHOENIX III

I truly like the designs from Ross Lillistone.  PHOENIX III is one such.



(Renderings, photo courtesy

She’s a a 15 ft 1-1/2 in x 4 ft 9 in x 6 in beachcruiser which carries 104 sq. ft. of sail in an un-stayed sprit-sloop rig.

Some of her features:

* Designed to be sailed, rowed, or powered by a small outboard
* Lightweight glued-lapstrake construction (clinker plywood)
* Built-in buoyancy tanks
* Pivoting centerboard and rudder
* Rig stows within length of boat for trailering.

Alternate rig:

Phoenix III

If you’re at all familiar with Ross’ study plans, building plans, and instruction manuals, you will know how complete they are.  Just bring the wood and get building.

Phoenix III Design

Free study plans for PHOENIX III are available on his website:  And full plans are Aus$155.00 or US$155 (from Duckworks).

I’d love to hear from those of you who have built some of Ross’ boats.  I’m currently lusting for FLEET.

Thanks so much, Carl

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One Response to Ross Lillistone’s PHOENIX III

  1. My students built a P3 (SPINIFEX) in 2012 and were amazed at their efforts with the hull going together very easily and the plans set certainly made this a whole lot easier. Construction took about 10 months with some extra time put in to do some fancy detail work. The class used 9mm pink marine ply for the hull and it followed the curves easily with Hoop Pine used for all the structural timbers. Gunwales and other oiled components were mostly NG Rosewood. Hempel paints used throughout. At the same time they also built Alby, another of Ross’s designs.

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