Dylan made me do it, Week 1


If you don’t follow Dylan Winter’s Keep Turning Left video diaries you need to start.   Dylan is slowly circumnavigating the coast of Britain and has dozens of video logs of his journey.   Very entertaining.   Read more about Dylan and Keep Turning Left.   Recently Dylan has built a duck punt sailboat and his building videos and sailing adventures have given me the bug to build a similar duck punt too.  I just completed building Alice Gale and was looking for a sailboat for use on a shallow stretch of the Colorado River below Parker AZ.

My first job was to clean the garage and build a new storage cabinet to store my tools and supplies.

Wood to build cabinet

Now that the cabinet is finished and loaded with tools and supplies it is time to start the duck punt.   This duck punt is based on the plans for the West Mersea Duck Punt by John Milgate.   Free plans are available here as posted on Keep Turning Left.     I have maintained the general lines of the boat and assembled a building jig as specified in the plans.

Details of building jig and temporary frame

Next I will be removing the duck punt from the building jig,  install interior frames,  sheath the hull and build out the floatation spaces.   The duck punt is looking more like the stitch and glue version designed by Flo-Mo as I am using lightweight 6mm plywood and cedar frames along with other design cues shown in Flo-Mo photo’s.