Duckworks Magazine

>>> Duckworks Magazine

The Online Magazine for Amateur Boat Builders

Chuck & Sandra Leinweber started in 1999 as a online magazine. After about 3 years, it grew from a hobby site to a business, with paid subscriptions and an online store. A year or so ago, they began to reduce the cost of the magazine, and have finally reached "free" again, supporting the site from sales at the store.

The magazine consists of regular articles posted by different people concerning their boating designs, building endeavors and other small-boat geared themes.

Duckworks sells a wide variety of hard to find boat-building supplies. Epoxy, cloth and tape, sailmaking supplies, tools and boat plans are just a start of what’s available. Check them out!

First purchase

Well, made it to Home Depot…

This is just going to be a "lumberyard" type, out of whatever plain-jane wood I come up with. Its going to be painted, not varnished, and may look like crud, but we’ll try.

First item was a metric tape measure… harder to find than expected, but did find a combination english/metric.

Then a couple of 1x6x8′ boards as a starting point.

One splinter in Dane’s hand and off we go.

Item Item Price Total
1x6x8′ XVP 2@7.99 15.98
5M Tape 10.77
tax 1.87
Total $28.62

 

Time: 30 min. 

Buehler’s Backyard Boatbuilding

Since we’re on a Beuhler roll, I’ll toss a quick mini-review in here.

This was one of the first "building" type books I picked up (ordered actually). Its an easy read, with a very down-to-earth style. Beuhler believes in a simple, rough and ready building style. Over build it, make it strong enough, and go boating. That’s my own take, not his words 🙂

Anyway, lots of good details, reasonable ideas, pointers to materials, terminiology and even several small plans in the back that you can build if you want (and have good eyes to read at that scale).

Check Amazon (click the book icon) and see other much more detailed reader reviews.

Beuhler’s Backyard Boatbuilding

Since we’re on a Beuhler roll, I’ll toss a quick mini-review in here.

This was one of the first "building" type books I picked up (ordered actually). Its an easy read, with a very down-to-earth style. Beuhler believes in a simple, rough and ready building style. Over build it, make it strong enough, and go boating. That’s my own take, not his words 🙂

Anyway, lots of good details, reasonable ideas, pointers to materials, terminiology and even several small plans in the back that you can build if you want (and have good eyes to read at that scale).

You can read Amazon’s excerpt or check their web page (click the book icon) and see other much more detailed reader reviews.

George Buehler Yacht Design

>>> George Buehler Yacht Design

George Buehler has some really nice designs, both power and sail. He is heavily influenced toward home building and isn’t just talking, but has actually done it (his latest, nearly finished craft is currently for sale on his site).

He also has a power line called Diesel Ducks… really nice craft available as plans for home building (wood or steel), or pre-built in steel.