the build

so I asked around and found some plans

these are the originals - they produce a really heavy but strong boat


Here  are some pdfs of the plans courtesy of the Duck Punters of West Mersea.






but a bloke named Flo Mo came up with some stitch and glue lightweight ones


Unfinished but useable stitch and glue plans:

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so I built the boat - first cut to first sail in a week.

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33 Responses to “the build”

  1. 6 December, 2011 at 11:09 pmPhilip McKee says:

    Dylan, what can I say, GREAT jumper ;0)

  2. 26 December, 2011 at 10:38 pm[email protected] says:

    The mother – in – law needs hanging.

    The song will come to me in
    a minute – though it does look a bit Tweenies sunshine
    I wont let the sun go down on me
    sun arises in the morning – Rolf Harris ?

  3. 2 December, 2012 at 11:04 pmGriffin says:

    So do you have to bow these up at a print shop? how much is a good quaility hull cost to build?

  4. 2 December, 2012 at 11:16 pmdylan winter says:

    mine cost under ¬£100 … I did mine on the cheap – others have done a much better job and spent more money – take a look at the other blogs about duck punts

    and a print shop should be able to deal with the repro of the plans – just bung the pdfs onto a memory stick and take them to the local print shop.

  5. 2 June, 2013 at 7:43 pmPeter Mumford says:

    I don’t see a sail plan in these downloads.I bet the sail is similar to the Optimist kids’ racer. But why isn’t it in the plans?

  6. 2 June, 2013 at 8:24 pmdylan winter says:

    std oppy rig

    slots straight in


  7. 30 March, 2014 at 3:32 pmANDREW BARTLETT says:

    Hello Dylan,
    I’m not sure which set of plans you were working from when you did your build, I’m thinking they were John Milgate’s but I notice yours doesn’t have a split in the topsides shortly before the stern -did you leave this out as part of your own adaptation? I am hoping to build one and thought your method looked very good, I liked the way you cut out the topsides holding the ply against the jig rather I suppose than going through the process of marking the ply sheets from the plans using coordinates. It looked as though you used a butt joint to join the two sections of topside ply? It all seemed to work very well. I assume that getting the jig and frames correct measurement wise is the most vitally important.
    Do you think the light build one ( which is the one I would like to attempt ) would be OK for me as I’m quite large :15 stone 6′ 2″ ?

  8. 30 March, 2014 at 4:49 pmdylan winter says:

    I could not see what the split was for – so I got rid of it

    I am 6 foot and 15 stone so no probs on the strength

    I just put epoxy and tape inside and out side between the frames – then removed the frames and taped the rest

    it came to gether really well

    I temporarilty screwed it to the frames – using a second bit of ply to stop the screws from breaking through the wood

    then once I had done the seams I removed all the screws – their work was done

    door architrave is very cheap and a lovely shape

    we have sailed it two up and they row them in races two up

    go for it


  9. 30 March, 2014 at 8:15 pmANDREW BARTLETT says:

    Thanks Dylan for your help I’m looking foreward to the challange. A.

  10. 31 March, 2014 at 6:52 amdylan winter says:

    it is the easiest boat to build you will ever come across

    remarkable little box


  11. 3 August, 2014 at 12:25 pmAndrew Bartlett says:

    Yes I did succumb yo the challenge which I found absorbing if exhausting and alittle frustrating at times certainly rewarding. I’m very pleased with the resulting duckpunt.
    My build was not a light one. It takes two able adults to lift my duckpunt . I used 9mm. exterior ply for the bottom 5mm for the topsides except 9mm also for the 2nd or additional topside plank. I used 9mm for the bottom being mindful of some landfalls in the area I was likely to do most of my sailing (Chichester Harbour) haing some sharp broken flint stones. I have kept the jig and frames in case I want to build a lighter one at a later date.For glue I used Epoxy resin but where it was easier I used CT1.
    A big thankyou to you Dylan without your videos ,access to plans and encouragement it would not even have occurred to me to build a duckpunt.
    Pictures can be seen on ‘’

  12. 3 August, 2014 at 5:52 pmdylan winter says:

    woo hoo andrew

    well done

    video here

  13. 5 August, 2014 at 8:09 amRusty Knorr says:

    This makes me so happy! I hope there are a hundred more Duckpunts built in the next few years! I dream of the day when I can go chase my buddies around the local waters, all of us sailing Punts and having as much fun as the Mersea chaps. Awesome! I love mine…go build one everyone!

  14. 5 August, 2014 at 8:40 amdylan winter says:

    it makes me happy too – it really is the best value boat any man can make – it allows you to sail in places no other boats can go

  15. 28 December, 2014 at 9:07 amJim Wightman says:

    I’ve seen a duck punt rowed by two men, looked cool. I’m a canoeing and interested but live in Malta. You seem to have more fretboard than a canoe how does a duck punt fair in a slight chop. Could it cope with passing traffic in a harbour for instance. I’d like something I can row the wife off for a picnic on a calm day. A duck punt has a kwerky canoeness about it.

  16. 28 December, 2014 at 9:11 amdylan winter says:

    it is really a smooth water boat – small washes are fine but it would only take one eejit in a big mobo and you stand a good chance of getting wet

    it will carry the weight of three people no problems and it also kayak paddles really well. I sit on the mast step and paddle the boat backwards – again that works really well.


  17. 13 September, 2015 at 2:59 pmTheodore says:

    I’m building a duck punt but I have some problems understanding the plans. I thought that the first frames you attach to the jig finally become later the frames of the punt but when I compare page one and two of the plan the frames seem to be in different position.
    Could anyone help me with this one please?

  18. 13 September, 2015 at 3:39 pmdylan winter says:

    all the ladder frames drop out

    and you make new lighter ones at the places indicted

    have look at my vids


  19. 13 September, 2015 at 3:46 pmdylan winter says:

    the frames on the ladder back all drop out and you make new ones

    the idea is that one ladderback and set of frames can be used to make many boats

    they do not need to be strong – keep them light

  20. 13 September, 2015 at 6:29 pmTheodore says:

    Thank you very much!
    Now I can be shure of what I’m doing.
    I also have one more question if is not problem for you.
    Do I have to angle the bow and stern post in order to match the batten angle or should I add some wood there to keep the posts vertical?
    Thank you again for your reply!!!

  21. 13 September, 2015 at 6:37 pmdylan winter says:

    not sure what you mean

    do you have a picture of the problem


  22. 13 September, 2015 at 6:41 pmTheodore says:

    Sure but I’don’t know how to attach the picture…

  23. 13 September, 2015 at 7:00 pmdylan winter says:

    email it to me
    [email protected]

  24. 13 September, 2015 at 7:20 pmTheodore says:

    Ok done that Thank you!

  25. 15 June, 2016 at 5:05 pmKelvin Sykes says:

    The plans are very short on dimensioning and rely on scaling with one sheet showing a full size section. Can the dimensions be properly scaled from an A3 drawing? What was the size of the origonal drawings you recieved? What is the distance between the inslide edges of the jig?

  26. 6 August, 2016 at 7:13 amEd says:

    Great build, video and info.
    I know nothing about sailing except for an afternoon of fun on a Sunfish.

    It looks like a really great project. Where can I find more info on the sails?


  27. 6 August, 2016 at 7:56 amdylan winter says:

    then you know enough to sail a duck punt – the rig is a std arrangement from an optimist dinghy – there are lots of second hand sails around – my mast is a bannister and my sprit is a pair of broom handles epoxied together with a copper pipe fitting. building one is really, really easy. It is just a box.

  28. 13 December, 2016 at 7:25 pmduncan says:

    Hi Dylan, Many thanks for the encouragement. Your initial DP hhas a full-depth transom, is this a departure from the plans? Also bows (stem) not vertical. Duncan

  29. 11 July, 2017 at 4:36 pmColin says:


    Do you think a punt your size could hold 2 people, or would it need to be scaled up?


  30. 11 July, 2017 at 9:13 pmdylan winter says:

    it will hold two big men and a dog

    they have rowing races in them with two up

    they are real weight carriers – worry not


  31. 21 October, 2019 at 9:04 pmtom says:

    What are the boats painted with? Looks like the only fiberglass is on the joints. Thanks!

  32. 25 April, 2020 at 8:45 pmHoz Holla says:

    No centerboard or leeboard? How does it point upwind?

  33. 26 April, 2020 at 3:02 pmdylan winter says:

    you heel it a little and the hard chine acts as a long shallow leeboard – I also use a wide bladed canoe paddle as a steering oar – it is bloody magic the way it works.I was also cynical about it – but sailing is believing.

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