Follow the duck – plans and boatbuilders’ stories at Duckworks magazine

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Duckworks - the best site for home-built boating enthusiasts

Duckworks Magazine’s monthly bulletin linked to an reference to Joe Dobler yesterday, and I’d like to repay the compliment.

For years now, Duckworks Magazine editor Chuck Leinweber has maintained a steady stream of fascinating posts about boats and boating, mainly concerning small boats and in particular home-built boats and occasionally restored older craft.

What makes it stand out is that it’s a real miscellany, and that it’s made up of so many obviously genuine stories about real people. Some of the material is inspirational stuff about building and cruising small boats, but you can also find tutorials on how to perform particular tasks and dire warnings about how to avoid repeating someone’s mistake.

If you’re inspired to get into building small boats, I think it’s essential reading – as is Duckworksmagazine’s sister site Duckworks Boat Builders Supply. A good place to start might be the Duckworks BBS plans page.


Duckworks Boat Builder’s Supply


My Mouseboat appears on the Wikipedia!

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A Mouseboat doing what it does best – providing a light, easy to build and stable platform for a kid learning to use a boat, though it has to be said that they’re also popular with adults. This one was built by John Hellwig. I must say the skiff in the background looks very fine. Could it be a Whisp, like the one the Slipway Collective were selling recently?

My Mouseboat design for a small boat for kids has earned a mention on the Wikipedia!

This is a long way off topic for, but I had to report the news nevertheless, and who knows – a few people who drop by here might be interested in building a little stitch and glue paddler that’s eminently suitable as a first boatbuilding project and is a lot of fun to use by everyone from five or six years upwards, so long as they don’t weigh much more than 200lbs.

Small enough to be built on many people’s kitchen tables, it props out of the way under any 8ft garage roof and it’s also light enough to be carried and roofracked by an adult. She’s a plain little puppy, it has to be said, but I don’t think anyone could regret building a Mouseboat, and getting on for 200 people have done so.

There’s a rowable version also at the Yahoogroup devoted to Mouseboats, by the way, and various sailing and flat-bottomed developments.

Here’s the Wikipedia link:

And here’s a link for the Mouseboats Yahoogroup:

SketchUp models of some of my free boat designs

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Little Breton

Flying Mouse Oarmouse

Lapstrake tender Little Breton, kids’ small sailing boat Flying Mouse (there are details for a rudder too!), and the Mouse-derived small rowing skiff Oarmouse

I’m very tickled this morning to hear from Kellan Hatch, who got in touch to deliver the news that some little boats I designed for home building a few years ago (the lapstrake tender Little Breton, the Flying Mouse and Oarmouse) have made it into Google’s SketchUp galleries. I think they’re a hoot – even if they aren’t very classic! Go to the Google 3DSketchUp gallery for more – I got these by searching on my own name, Gavin Atkin. I have to say that this is the first time following up my own name on the Internet has ever led me to unexpected nudity, but there’s a first time for everything.

The boat designs are available free from various places, including Continue reading “SketchUp models of some of my free boat designs”