Firebug

Firebug Downloads

Numerous articles relating to the 'Bug, it's designer John Spencer and associated events have been written. Some have appeared in various publications and are reproduced here with permission from the publishers: 'Australian Amateur Boat Builder', 'Boating New Zealand', 'Practical Boat Owner', 'Messing About in Boats' and 'Windling World'. Others have been written as a good tale that should be told. Just click the link to download and have a read!

The popular FireBug Newsletters appear twice a year and recent issues are now downloadable from the Newsletters page.


My  FireBug Build by Mike Harrison in Johannesburg   My FireBug Build by Mike Harrison in Johannesburg
Format: PDF - Size: 1.70MB
Mike in South Africa took great delight in learning boat building and sailing then misfortune struck..
Click here to download

  Southern New Zealand Sail with Gordon Caley
Format: PDF - Size: 1MB
Otago Yacht Club ex Commodore, FireBug fleet builder and lifetime keen sailor Gordon needed a crew to sail from Stewart Island (off the bottom of NZ) to Dunedin. Pete couldn’t say no..
Click here to download

  Building Bacarra – My first keelboat by Peter Tait
Format: PDF - Size: 1.12MB
As a young fella at the Blockhouse Bay Yacht ClubI learned to build a dinghy. Not too much later on I reckoned I could build a keelboat..
Click here to download

  The 2016 FireBug Season in Canterbury
Format: PDF - Size: 857KB
The summer of 2016 was a good year for Canterbury sailors. Good club racing and two very enjoyable reagattas..
Click here to download

New Zealand South Island FireBug Champs 2013   New Zealand South Island FireBug Champs 2013
Format: PDF - Size: 205KB
The SI Champs were once again sailed at the ideal ’Bug venue – Lake Hood.
Click here to download

Lindisfarne Sailing Club at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2013   Lindisfarne Sailing Club at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2013
Format: PDF - Size: 430KB
LSC family build 3 'Bugs at the show and sail the Tassie Champs in Dockland waters.
Click here to download

Cerebral Palsy FireBug builders in Portugal   Cerebral Palsy FireBug builders in Portugal
Format: PDF - Size: 94KB
Translation from Portuguese for the TV feature
http://youtu.be/Jcw7nWnkBiQ
Click here to download

Firebug South Island Champs   Irakli – My Sailing Journey Part One
Format: PDF - Size: 177KB
Irakli Kutsia builds a FireBug against-the-odds in the Republic of Georgia and learns to sail.
Click here to download

Firebug South Island Champs   Irakli – My Sailing Journey Part Two
Format: PDF - Size: 266KB
Irakli Kutsia makes friends in yacht racing circles, spends a night sailing on the Black Sea and wins a medal.
Click here to download

Firebug South Island Champs   LIndisfarne Sailing Club Mass 'BugBuild Success
Format: PDF - Size: 442KB
Lindisfarne Sailing Club in Hobart Tasmania gets a boost with lots of new, keen boat building and sailing members.
Click here to download

Firebug South Island Champs   FIREBUG SOUTH ISLAND CHAMPS 2009 - 2010
By Tom Arthur
Format: PDF - Size: 212KB
The forecast was atrocious predicting southerly gales with rain spreading…
Click here to download

Getting the best sailing performance from a FireBug   HOW TO GET THE BEST FUN OUT OF YOUR FIREBUG
By Ray O'Brien
Format: PDF - Size: 584KB
Ray O'Brien from the PPYC in Christchurch NZ advises on getting the best sailing performance from a FireBug.…
Click here to download

Mordialloc Sailing Club Melbourne   FIREBUG BUILDING PROGRAM - MORDIALLOC SAILING CLUB MELBOURNE
By Richard Lozell
Format: PDF - Size: 241KB
On the 6th of February 2010 we launched seven new FireBug dinghies…
Click here to download

2005 South Island Champs   SAILING WITH MOKO THE DOLPHIN
By Stepnane Tiedemann
Format: PDF - Size: 241KB
We do most of our sailing at Mahia, on the East Coast of New Zealand, which happened to be the home of Moko the dolphin…
Click here to download

2005 South Island Champs   2005 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Format: PDF - Size: 241KB
2005 South Island Firebug Championships
Click here to download

AABB Article 30   AABB #30 Article
Format: PDF - Size: 222KB
The FireBug Introduction, The clever design, The FireBug project, The design and the designers.
Click here to download

AABB Article 31   AABB #31 Article
Format: PDF - Size: 287KB
Building the 'Bug, Getting started, Glossary, Assembly on the building jig, How it goes together.
Click here to download

AABB Article 32   AABB #32 Article
Format: PDF - Size: 294 KB
Finishing and Rigging. Centreboard and Rudder, Painting, Attaching the fittings, Rigging it for the first time.
Click here to download

AABB Article 33   AABB #33 Article
Format: PDF - Size: 260KB
Head for the Beach! Clever design features again, Racing and tuning your Firebug, The basics of How to Sail.
Click here to download

John Spencer   John Spencer 1931 - 1996
Format: PDF - Size: 288KB
John Spencer, the FireBug designer was renowned worlwide for radical dinghies and keel boats.
Click here to download

PPYC Firebug   PPYC FireBug Building Scheme
Format: PDF - Size: 260KB
Ray O'Brien writes about how the 'Bug reversed a b membership decline at the Pleasant Point Yacht Club.
Click here to download

The Scow Owhiti   The Scow 'Owhiti'
Format: PDF - Size: 191KB
One of NZ's last sailing scows 'dead on the beach' after two careers, one in shingle, the other with Hollwood!
Click here to download

Ron Wilkinson   Ron Wilkinson - Real Sailor
Format: PDF - Size: 159KB
Ron's first job was on a scow under sail Auckland - Tauranga twice a week with a cargo of drums full of petrol.
Click here to download

The Plywood Car   The Plywood Car
Format: PDF - Size: 116KB
John Spencer best known for designing boats puts his skills to making himself a plywood car!
Click here to download

How to Sail   Ray O'Brien 'How to Sail'
Format: PDF - Size: 159KB
Ray O'Brien from the PPYC in Christchurch NZ advises on getting the best sailing performance from a FireBug.
Click here to download

Dutch Regatta   Dutch Regatta
Format: PDF - Size: 340KB
Peter Tait describes a 3 day Old Boat Regatta in Holland on board with Koos Winnips and Bert. 250 amazing old ships and even the Queen was there with hers. Published on the web with permission Boating NZ Magazine.
Click here to download

Baltic Sea   Baltic Sea Part 1
Format: PDF - Size: 381KB
Peter Tait describes the first part of a 700 mile cruise in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, including Wilhelshaven and the Kiel Kanal !
Click here to download

Baltic Sea   Baltic Sea Part 2
Format: PDF - Size: 378KB
Peter Tait describes the second part of a 700 mile cruise in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, including Stralsund, Rugen and parts of the old Communist East Germany.
Click here to download

BugBuild in the Netherlands   BugBuild in the Netherlands
Koos Winnips describes building a FireBug in the living room of his 4th floor apartment then the delights of sailing a self-built boat. Photo galleries too.
Click here to view article

Building Boats at School   Building Boats at School
Build a boat at school and see new life in the classroom. The ministry of Education provides full funding for FireBug building at school and YNZ can assist with Learn to Sail programs.o.
Click here to download

 



Click to order Planpack


 
Subscribe to the Newsletter
Name
Email
Get Acrobat Reader

These articles are in Acrobat PDF format. You can download Acrobat by clicking on the button below.

Get Acrobat Reader

Buy a Planpack NOW!

If you would like to become commercially involved with FireBug activities contact us.
HOME | ABOUT US | FUN BOAT | BUILDING | DESIGN | SAILING | NEWSLETTERS | COMMUNITY GROUPS
BUY PLANS | DOWNLOADS | BOAT TEST & COMMENTS | SCHOOLS | SCALE MODELS | GALLERY | CONTACT US
© Copyright Peter Tait 2001-2008. All Rights Reserved.
Website by Go Cyber Limited