12/8/17 New 59' Steel Power Cruiser New 12/12/17 sailplans schooner & cutter Mary Read
To my pleasure and I admit, surprise, our Diesel Duck family seems to have captured a lot of folk's heart and today there is quite a following. Several are voyaging all over the world, and many are being built. These new Ducks are being built in all fashions; wood, aluminum, and steel, really highly finished yachts and funky homebuilts. I love it. I'm also very flattered that it is happening. Anyway, as I wrote on the Home Page, I decided this site was getting to large, so, I "relaunched" a new site, ww.dieselducks.com that is devoted just to my DUCK designs . Please check over there too! The Duck site has become quite large with lots of info including several series showing DUCKS being built. However, the rest of my power designs are here on this, our main site.
80' Alex's Boat: (above) An "Exploration Ship" able to comfortably carry three couples wherever they want to go.
102' Long Range Power Cruiser (added 8/14/2014) This is a preliminary concept of a very economical cruiser that in theory, a couple could handle alone but able to carry another couple in comfort. The idea was "proven" with the 71' ELLEMAID and this guy would carry it a step further!
48' Alcina: A rugged wood boat I originally designed for myself.
28' 6" Captain Eddy: A general messing around boat inspired by the comic strip Non Sequitur!
55' Diesel Swan: Based on the Evolution 48 DUCK, just a bit narrower than the 55' DUCK.
|The SWAN 55 framed up. Follow her construction at Peter's Blog|
59' Diesel Swan: Lots of glass, "portagee bridge," lots of room. There's two versions being worked up.
57' Egis: A heavy duty double ender for high latitude cruising, with plenty of interior living space. New 3/20/08 A new version with fwd. deckhouse and wood construction!
|Greg Nelson, who is building a wood EGIS, did this great 3-D rendering. I gotta learn how to do this sort of thing.....|
71' ELLEMAID: The original ELLEMAID (the Swedish name for the "Wild Women") is probably my favorite of my designs. While I'm not impartial of course, I think she's perfect! Her hull lines were reduced to create EGIS and stretched to make the 81' sister. But this version has a balance that really hits me. Plans now available for wood as well as steel. Watch a steel version construction progress "start to finish, at Asboat in Izmir, Turkey!
81' ELLEMAID: (New version 12/10) Just 16' beam and low profile, requiring very low power, yet long enough to make a hell of a liveaboard.
60' Goose: A very heavy duty boat, suitable for work for palatial living aboard.
55' Idelwild: A long and narrow cruiser. The first actually made the NW Passage in 2004-2005 and then continued on a around the world voyage. Check out the web site on my "links" page!
"We were informed that this is the longest passage ever completed by a Trawler Yacht. 29 days 6 hours, we can add another 6 hours for time zones if you like."
30' JULLIAN ADDERLY: The 30' power Cruiser who's plans you'll find in the first edition of my Building Book.
39' NW Cruiser: A simple boat for the NW or other semi-protected cruising areas where the weather can be unpleasant.
44' Old Dad 44: We don't dare say a "piknik" boat today because a plastic boat company got a trademark on a similar name and actually threatens lawsuits on dumb innocents who use the word. I don't think they invented it but these days that don't matter at all. SO, I shall call this a "day/weekend/vacation boat." Feel free to use the term too..... She's a simple 44' plywood cruiser with a big fishing cockpit and a fine interior.
44' Pilgrim: 8/25/15 Photo of almost complete hull & house. A simple plywood dory for the budget minded power cruiser. NEW Oct. 2001 outboard powered version.
25' River Walker: Float the Lazy River in comfort!
59' Steve's Boat: A heavy duty steel powerboat, designed for a guy doing serious ocean sports fishing
49' Tasman Sea: Simple and rugged with an interior really set up for comfortable living aboard. She even has a small hot tub on the aft deck.
50' Troller: This is a so far unfinished design based on an old NW fishboat. The guy had me do this steel version, but, it didn't get built designed. You'll have to read the story......
55' ULLIN: A plywood coastal cruising version of Idelwild.
55' BIG DADDY ULLIN: ULLIN "beefed up a bit with slightly more beam and freeboard.
45' Little Ullin A reduced version of ULLIN designed for comfortable coastal cruising.
71' WUNDERBURG: Warm weather and Islands was the thought behind this idea! See the wood deck on steel hull version in Random Thoughts. New profiles 8/7/06
All The DIESEL DUCKS! 2/18/09 the new 50' Sedan DUCK added
Part of the Diesel Duck Family is shown above. They just keep growing! Here they are centered around their roots; an "Old Timey" Pacific Northwest Salmon Troller built onto the 48' Diesel Duck hull. The DUCK line are TROLLER yachts, NOT Trawlers! For more about that, read my book The Troller Yacht Book, 2nd Edition, available HERE! And again, please visit our companion web site dieselducks.com
We want you to know how much we love the
Vicki Lynn. We lived on her from April to November the last two
seasons and we hate every minute of winter that keeps her on the
hard. We enjoyed Lake Michigan last summer and planned on heading
south in the fall, but once again a health problem got in the
way. Vicki needed to have a complete knee replacement, which doesn't
mix well with boat travel. However, surgery was Dec.1st and recovery
is well under way. We hope to leave Michigan this spring.
Everywhere we go, people love the Diesel Duck. We have met all kinds of folks who just come up and ask to see her. She is the boat of our dreams and we are always thankful for your wonderful design and the Backyard Boat Building book that got us started.
63' ALCA i New Photo 8/25/15: A 3 masted round bilge wood schooner with research lab. Chine version under development
43' Archimedes A schooner who's plans are free in the first edition of my Building Book but large versions (with consultation) for sale.
53' 4" Barbarossa: Double ended schooner, low and sleek, with lots of ropes to play with.
60' Big Mel: A ship (that's her photo above) for charter or living aboard. The photo above is a charter sailing ship and B&B near Amsterdam. Staying aboard would make a fine vacation and contact info is given here in her description. Another Big Mel is now a sailing charter ship in Italy! Check out the Links page at the end of this site for more info on that!
35' Button: Flush decked plywood or steel gaff cutter with pilothouse option.
35' Button Number 2: A 2015 "update" of BUTTON, with a convential deckhouse and a gaff ketch rig. Check out here construction blog HERE!
36' Block Island Cowhorn: These fine cruising boats originated in the 1600s as an American sailing fishboat!
64' Coelocanth: Comfortable live-aboard schooner, beamy and stable.
43' Disolute: A junk rigged cutter with an unusual hull shape. 7/8/08 Marconi sailplan and Junk sailing tips letter added
50' Dragonfly: An unusual design. Plans are also in my Backyard Building Book.
30' EMILY: The smallest of my VAGABOND designs and a fine cruiser for a couple with "short pockets" or old guys who want to go miminalist!
43' Gandalf: This is a very early design of mine. Double ended and beamy, she proved to be a fine ocean cruiser
57' GETZ: A heavy duty round bilge double ended WOOD schooner (added 1/26/06).
30' Grizzly Bear: Very Heavy Duty cruising cutter. She has almost 80% more displacement than EMILY.
47' 7" Gulnar'e: A steel staysail schooner set up for day charter use.
50' (New) GULNAR'E: A wood (steel plans in the works) big schooner, what a Diesel Duck might look like if seriously rigged for sail.
28' Hagar: This is a very old design. Her plans are free in my Building Book but if you buy them from me, part of the deal, aside from the 24" x 36" (or about) sheets the plans are printed on, is any consultation help you might want. the EMILY design is newer and I think an improvement, however Hagars have been built and sailed all over and do work! Here's some photos of her. There's all sorts of drawings in Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding if you want to see more detail.
16' (Happy Camper of) Pogo Pogo: Created and named after a speech by vice president Dan Quayle... 4/3/07 new photos and letter from a builder. She floated right side up! Check out this 2015 video showing building and sailing a POGO, by Llew Hebbard, in Canada. http://youtu.be/PR3Uhd8tGRE
39' Hera: Juno blown up 15% all over gives added room. An older design but I still like her.
38' High Latitudes Drifter: Essentially a "finger In The Wind" to most ideas of modern sailing yacht design.....
42' High Latitudes Drifter: The 38 was almost too "gung ho" so I fine tuned her some. I like this version better!
30' JACK: Sort of a transom version of GRIZZLEY BEAR, which gives you more room for the length.
35' 6" JUNO: The original of my VAGABOND boats. The newer ones may be "improved" but old JUNO is still a fine ship.
37' JENNY: A transom version of JUNA, with a longer house and a different interior. She's a fine weekend and vacation cabin as well as ocean capable!
37' Juna Junosdautter: A trim double-ender for single handing or a couple to voyage in. July, 2014 A kind review lifted from a boat chat site... May 2017 photos of a gaff schooner and stern cabin version built in Russia.
25' 6" Little Big Man: A trailerable" small cruising sailboat designed to be towed to an area behind a big pickup, then cruised.
18' Schooner Mary Read: New Schooner & Cutter rigs 12/12/17
50' Melquiades: The older and smaller seester of Big Mel. Photos and You Tube video posted 3/17/17
33' Mynonie: "Junk schooner" rigged, Maine Peapodish on steroids, shallow, and able to stand on her feet if grounded.
28' Njord: A rugged small cruising boat, heavier and roomier than EMILY but 2 feet shorter. I admit to getting soft as I get older.... (!)
82' Oceans: A Schooner Yacht. Photos of an outrageous model made by Tim Reynolds, Fair Oaks, CA.
42' OLGA: A heavy duty chine version of a Old Timey Scandihovian workboat. Plans are free in the first edition of my Building Book but if you buy them, you get the large sheets and consultation help. 2015 PHOTO of an OLGA being built in Sweden! As I wrote in the first edition of the Building Book, I'd love to hear what The Old Farts up the fjord are saying about Fredrik's boat as it grows!
50' OTTER: The Largest of my VAGABOND designs. Interior drawing posted 11/2014.
44' Resolute: A schooner suited to be a buccaneer with.
43' Ruarri: 4/23/15 Construction photos added. Sort of like JUNA on steroids, she's a fine heavy double ender.
43' Ruarri NEW VERSION: The original (above) was always one of my favorites; the last in my "Vagabond Series" mentioned somewhere (I forget where...) on the site. When the new edition of the Building Book was being planned out I decided to include RUARRI's plan but modified the stern a little to make her simpler to build. She still looks great. The plans are free in the Building Book but if you buy them you get the 24" x 36" sheets, the CAD file, and any consultation help you might want!
32' Ruby B.: One of my older designs, this little ship is a very simple pilothouse cutter.
33' Rufus: A plywood sailing barge for big rivers and bays.
54' Seal: Round or chine hull, cutter or ketch rig. She's a big double ender designed for a family with a child to live aboard.
19' 9" Stuart Little: A safe small ship for kids.
28' Uncle Sam: A little schooner.
71' WUNDERBURG: Originally listed as a power design, she became a motorsailor too so is also listed here!
More coming soooooon......
|CARITAS was a grand motoryacht from New York that ended up on the west coast. During WW11 she was seized by the government and used for coast patrol. After the war she kicked about, and in the late 1950s, a guy bought her and dragged her ashore to make a gift shop. I've stopped and looked at her many many times. If she's open when I pass I go in. This boat was one of the first I knew that interested me in the long and narrow idea of a seaboat. She's off hwy 101 just south of the Oregon-Calif. border.|
|Jim Rogers sent me this photo showing CARITAS before WW2. She was built by Krupp in Germany, in 1925, designed by the US firm of Cox & Stevens.|
I was present when the ship was towed into
the mouth of the Smith River by Joe Sierka just after the war
ended (WWII). It was a floating restaurant gift shop for years
before it was raised to the hard. I actually worked there as the
"dock boy" etc. It brings back some wonderful memories.
I just finished reading "Troller Yacht" and really enjoyed it. I'm getting a little old, but have always dreamed of building such a boat. I've owned many boats but few that I really liked. I love to browse the fishing ports on the Oregon coast for old boats.
|This is a model of a WW1 coastal patrol boat. Like the yacht above, she's long and narrow, making her fuel efficient and seaworthy. This model is in the small museum inside the ship above!|
A "Stock Plan" is a set of building plans that is already drawn so is the least expensive way to get a set of plans. I offer quite a variety, so hopefully you'll find one of them is exactly what you want. Most people end up making some changes; for instance, the interior is almost ALWAYS changed to suit people's particular needs. That's fine; no reason not to.
If you think one of these boats is what you want but you want to see more, you can order Study Plans. These are printed from the actual building plans, are 24" x 36", and will consist of the profile and any versions, the interiors drawn so far, various construction details, and a sheet showing the top and side views with no interior which you can use to sketch in your own ideas. The study plan price (see order form) is refundable if you order the complete building plans within 30 days. If you can read AutoCad r.14 .dwg files I can send you study or building plans on CD, as well as email them to you. In fact, if you order the study plan on CD we will include two other designs of the same general size if possible, no extra charge. Please note not all my designs are available in CAD. If you see this symbol (*) on the price list it means the plans were done in CAD so available on CD.
I'm willing to do redrawing on many of my designs but of course would need to charge you for it. In practice, you and the builder can usually work out most changes you want and I'm always happy to give my opinion if you'd like. Any consultation help I can give is part of the deal when you decide to build one of my designs.
. We're slowly (very slowly I'm afraid) getting the entire Stock Plans Catalog posted here, but it isn't even close yet. To see them all, for the time being ya gotta order my catalog!
Note! October 2014 the New Editon of my Backyard Boatbuilding Book hit the streets. It includes building plans for Mary Read, Jenny, Njord, Ruarri, Gulnar'e, Captain Eddie, Diesel Duck 38, Diesel Duck 48, and Little Ullin. However, while the book does show complete plans for these boats, the advantages in buying the plans from me are: 1) you get large scale plans drawn on 24" x 36" paper to scale, 2) you get any consultation/help you might need, and 3) you get the most current complete plans. Some of these boats have other detail sheets not shown in the Book. Ill also give you addresses for supplies. The plans in the book are certainly buildable; guys have done so from the first edition's plans and I'm the same will be true with this new edition. But I dont get involved in any consultation at all unless Ive sold the building plans. Then, Ill be as much help as you need!
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102' Long Range Cruiser* ................. Write
ALCA i.* (64') .................................
BUTTON Number 2: ..........................
CAPTAIN EDDIE* ............................. 595
DIESEL SWAN 55* .........................
GULNA'RE (new)*............................ 995
GULNAR'E (Old) .............................. 895
HAGAR includes all versions .............
HIGH LATITUDES DRIFTER* .......... 895
HIGH LATITUDES 42* ...................... 995
IDLEWILD ............................... ...... 2,995
JACK .................................................. 895
JENNY* .............................................. 995
JUNA JUNOSDAUTTER ....................
MARY READ* ...................................... 395
JULLIAN ADDERLY ...........................
STEVE'S BOAT *................................
TASMAN SEA 49* ...........................
BIG DADDY ULLIN ............................ 2,295
ULLIN 45* .........................................
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