Sailing the Duck Punt

I have now been sailing the duck punt for several months and have mastered the skill needed to truly enjoy the boat in any wind condition.   Without the stability of a rudder and centerboard the key to control is really learning to balance your fore and aft position in the boat along with proper sail trim.   It takes some practice but once you have it it becomes quite intuitive .   The duck punt is fun to sail, inexpensive, and easy to build.  My Ebihen 15 took two years to build, but this duck punt was turned out in 4 weeks; with a vacation in the middle.   With a proper rack on your car you can transport her easily.  My duck punt was built for lightness, weighing in at 87 lbs.   I used low cost sandply plywood from HomeDepot for the hull,  and cedar fencing for the frames and gunwales.   A few left over oak and douglas fir pieces from the building of “Alice Gale” where used in critical spots for strength and toughness.   I sheathed the hull exterior with 4 0z cloth.  I  painted the whole boat with inexpensive porch paint.  The sails and spars can be purchased on the internet either new or used.   You can also build your own spars and sails if you want.  The duck punt makes a great first boat to build, and even a better second, third, or 10th boat.

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