9/18/15 new photos
documenting the building of a wood
38 in Brazil
8/30/15 wood version
of the 472
Note: I finally figgered out how to make my
old web "building" program PageMill 3 run on a Win7
64 bit machine. There's some advantages to not knowing how things
are supposed to work (it's said pagemill won't work on a 64 bit
box but it do! Anyway, the site is getting cleaned up now!
NEW 41Plus-2 Diesel Duck
Seahorse built 462 "Luck Dragon"
Official Home of DIESEL DUCKS Presented by George Buehler Yacht Design
April 2013, a Seahorse 462 DUCK "Duckin
A", owned by David King, was headed
to SF from Ensenada, Mexico. Here is the report Jeff Appel sent
about the trip. David is a retired ship captain, and Jeff is an
experienced cruising powerboat owner currently waiting on delivery
of his own 462. Off Pt. Sur, just south of Monterey, there were
only two boats out there; David, and an 80 tugboat which was swamped
The 1300 mile trip was terrible! 17-20 foot
breaking very steep short interval head seas with 30-40 knots
of wind, down to 3 SOG knots at times. We were two days late to
the boat show. We used bouyweather.com for our forecasts. Never
again, they were completely wrong. The weather deteriorated very
quickly. We could not head to a safe harbor (east) to wait the
weather out because it would have meant exposing the boat broadside
to these breaking swell for a long period of time. It was either
head into them (north) or run with them (south). That is the bad
news. The good news is that the boat handled it with no problems.
Imagine waves constantly breaking against the bow and on the salon
roof and slamming against the pilothouse windows. The boat would
go up the steep swells after shrugging off the last breaking swell
and drop off of the back side with the bow down and then have
another wave immediately break over the bow again. I am completely
satisfied the boat can handle most anything. I am glad the flushdeck
Duck design does not have the deep sidedecks and deep cockpit
of the sedan style cruiser I used to own. That could have been
a major problem with the breaking swells.
to Seahorse Yachts and "Peking", a 462
DIESEL DUCK, honored as People's
Choice Award "BEST IN SHOW"
at the 2007 Mystic Trawlerfest.
462 Diesel Duck Video: by Passagemaker Magazine.
Cruise Report from The High Seas!
2/19/09 Marlene & Benno sent this email
via Satellite (what a world!) in the original
41 as they were approaching Cape Horn. Note the well
dressed German Yatchswoman at the door! Photos of the interior
these folks built themselves posted here.
| The Troller
Yacht Book is back in print! You can order it as a hard cover
book, an e-book, PDF, Kindle, and all those other formats out
there. Go to TrollerYachts.com
for ordering info and general NW lore!
22 years old when this photo was taken, visiting San Diego in
|| This 44 Seahorse
single handed a two year trip from China, through the
South Pacific ending up in Seattle. She currently cruises between
Seattle and Alaska.
But First, do
a Good Deed! Click The
Animal Rescue Site and
a dog gets a meal. It's free! Do it every day!
Dan Gill built this fine wood 44
and launched her in 2011
The Seahorse DUCKS
Seahorse Yachts is the exclusive builder
of the 382, 462, and 462 Sedan DUCKS. New in fall, 2014, the
492 and 60.
| A 41-Plus DUCK
was built by
Asboat Yacht Builders, Ltd., in Izmir, Turkey. She's
an affordable and able small ship capable of going wherever you
Stern View of Gail & Ross Anderson's
45-Plus, built by Townsend Bay Marine. Go for a Video Walk-Thru Tour!
| "Duck On The
Rocks." So far this 462 and Tommy's 44 have banged away
a few days on the rocks before getting dragged off, with no damage.
SEADUCTRESS hit an iceberg and raised 6" out of the
water before falling back, with no damage. There's a lot to be
said for a steel yacht! Oh, after getting free again, this boat
headed on across the Pacific, went through the Panama Canal,
and headed east. Click here to see some photos of the Panama Canal
The DIESEL DUCK family is steadily
growing. In the middle is the 48 DUCK showing her as she'd
be if built to their roots; a Pacific Northwest Salmon Troller.
She's surrounded by a few of her cruising relatives, ANY which
could be stripped down for fishin' if it was a different day and
age.... They all share that wonderful tradition of fuel efficiency
and seaworthiness. Read The Troller Yacht Book for more
For some reason "clicking"
on the email address doesn't always work. If it doesn't, copy
and paste it into your email address bar.
10/11/05 The new 55 DUCK heading north.
The original Diesel
Duck 48 (photo by Bob Lane)
P.O. Box 966, Freeland, WA 98249
Telephone & Fax: (360) 331-5866
| This "traditional"
44 DUCK sailed from China through the Red Sea, was sold in
Europe, and is now cruising the "Med." Her owners report
they use the head sail ("modified dhow") regularly
as it controls roll and adds to the mileage. NEWS! She's currently
in Sicily, and after 7 years of cruising, is for sale. If you want to start your voyage in the Med (all import
fees/rules paid, write, and I'll put you in touch with the owners.
Check out their blog: http://www.lesbirdsnest.com/ and, watch
A Seahorse 382
at sea. See more at &Diesel Duck 382
Venturelli Yachts in Italy is working up a special 44 DUCK Italiano!
Click HERE to see
more of what is being developed.
The indignities Gail puts my dog
A Seahorse built 55
DUCK in Seattle and a 462 anchored in Alaska
|| JULIAN ADDERLY was the first powerboat I designed and looking at
her years later, I see some Duckishness in her! Her plans are
available free in the first edition of Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding
or of course I sell large scale ones too quite reasonably. This
one was build in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia, I forget. They
modified my house design some but she still looks fine.