Meadow Sailing in an English Duck Punt


Where the Thames enters Oxford it takes a big swing to the West and creates Port Meadow - 300 acres of common land.

it has its own wiki page,_Oxford

I have known the meadow for many years but have never sailed across it when the Thames is in flood

yesterday I did it


Port Meadow is to the east of a bend of the Thames, or the Isis as it is called by the Dons. It was given to the inhabitants of Oxford in the 10tht century as a reward for evicting the Danes from England



when the thames bursts its banks in the winter the meadow becomes a braided lake

so I bunged the duck punt on top of the polo and drove to Oxford

then I launched the boat into six inches of water


the flat bottom of the punt means that it can sail in just a few inches of water

the sailing is wonderful. I took the punt along the path that runs right through the middle of Oxford - normally it is a dusty track

build a duck punt lads - you can knock one up in a week - 16 hours if you are Julian from Lincoln - the matyerials will cost you £100 top wack - plus an opti mist rig

plans are free from here

This is about Duck Punt films, Dylan Winter's Blog.

13 Responses to “Meadow Sailing in an English Duck Punt”

  1. 1 January, 2013 at 3:25 pmHavelock Bingley says:

    Brilliant video,well done.I live on a fairly large shallow harbour here in Canada. Must build one of these punts for next spring. Thanks.

  2. 1 January, 2013 at 4:10 pmJohn says:

    Great video, looked fun. Was the buoyancy aid for extra warmth?

  3. 1 January, 2013 at 11:58 pmJulian Fisk says:

    Brilliant! I have to try it in my bit of the country.

  4. 2 January, 2013 at 5:01 pmSean says:

    Interesting–but I am left wondering WHO bent the fence apart enough to just fit the punt through!

  5. 2 January, 2013 at 7:13 pmdylan winter says:

    not me dude

    I tried getting it under the fence first but the tholes got in the way – then I spotted the bend… and we were in and away. It was a wonderful day

  6. 2 January, 2013 at 7:14 pmdylan winter says:

    christmas present, warmth and padding for the backrest – which is an old oak plank

  7. 2 January, 2013 at 7:14 pmdylan winter says:

    build one now… sail a duck punt before you die…. wonderful little boat

    exterior ply, 1 x 2 and door architrave. Julian built one in 16 hours using cascamite

    do it man

    it is the best fun an old man can have lieing on his back


  8. 2 January, 2013 at 7:41 pmJeff Cole says:

    Lovely blog Dylan, My Mac draws about 2-2.5″ and I sail it across the paddocks when our local, and small river spills over. About twice a year. Wire fences, some barbed, are the only inconvenience. I do get some strange looks and people have stopped to take a pic when I sailed in the roadside drainage ditch between the paddocks, you can use the farm gates for access.

  9. 3 January, 2013 at 11:06 amdylan winter says:

    got any snaps?

    – would love to see them


  10. 3 January, 2013 at 12:25 pmRon says:

    Wonderful stuff Dylan.
    Soon as I can figure out just WHERE I’m going to build one I’ll be down the builders merchants for some ply.

  11. 3 January, 2013 at 1:49 pmGreg Smith says:

    absolutely brilliant!

  12. 3 January, 2013 at 4:01 pmdylan winter says:

    at 57 it is good to be able to do something you have never done before

    want to have a go around the salt marshes in Essex next


  13. 3 January, 2013 at 7:02 pmJulian Fisk says:

    Try and beat the big guys at there own game?

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