A wood 38' DUCK
Jerry Price sent me these photos in Jan 04
showing that he is about finished building his 38' DUCK out of
wood. He's doing a beautiful job; the boat is a little ship and
shows a simple and seamanlike approach that has an appeal of its
own. Don't get me wrong! I love the high end professionally built
boats. But I also love the home built ones. They are every bit
as valid a seagoin' cruisin' ship as the pro built one and fire
our imagination. Why with "just a little work," why
I can be out there too! OK, so I'll plead guilty to being a "Dream
merchant" as a very irate spouse of a client called me. But
what's wrong with that? Seriously, look around at the world today
and tell me what's so terrible about immersing oneself in stout
|| She's about ready to go
in. All she needs is her bottom paint, and I hope Jerry paints
a fine sweeping white boot top to set the WL off.
the stern view. I love the outboard rudder and the windows in
the transom are a fine touch.
|| The ladder rungs bolted
to the rudder is a very sensible idea.
sorry, but fiberglass can't ever look this cool! And note the
heavy pipe rails!
I especially like the inside of this boat.
The layout is simple but being all natural wood, with exposed
frames and beams, really looks great. As you can see there isn't
a great deal of "fancy stuff." This sort of approach
is reminiscent of yachts built up through the 1960s but isn't
seen much today. Note how spacious the interior feels. It isn't
crammed with stuff. A big person can function in here.
back wall of the pilot house has a couch.
|| A fine helm, worthy of
|| From the front of the fwd.
cabin looking aft. The boat has a usable galley.
Back to the 38' Diesel Duck
|| The couch in the photo
above pulls out to make a guest bunk. This is far more sensible
to me than devoting an entire area to a guest cabin....