Duck Punt in 16 hours

As the nights draw in then boat building activity is starting again and news of duck punt developments have started to appear in my inbox.

First up is Julian from Lincolnshire who lives in a land criss crossed by dykes and narrow semi-navigable waterways. He built a bigger dinghy last year and decided that a Duck Punt would be a good thing to own

He made most of the boat using Cascamite and screwfix self driving screws s with just the odd bit of epoxy tape on the outside to protect the edges. He completed the hull in grey floor paint from Screwfix

he reckons he got the boat from first cut to be ready for the first coat of paint in 20 hours

here are the snaps.















































































Tim Marchetti in the USA , runs a timber machining company

specialising in cutting complicated shapes has been so smitten with the design that he has fed the details into his computer and has started working on a kit for the boat - he has cut the basic parts from three sheets of ply. He reckons that using a glue and screw method asnd one of his kits you could have a punt built in 16 hours


here are the snaps


And Rusty Knorr is building a wonderful punt - no expense spared - epoxy sheathed, bits of hardwood

he has a delightlfully ironic and well illustrated blog here

and finally


the lads from West Mersea having fun



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5 Responses to “Duck Punt in 16 hours”

  1. 17 October, 2012 at 10:42 amRusty Knorr says:

    Well, I have clearly missed something in the “build it simple, build it light, build it quick” line of thinking. Granted, it is my first boat build, but it feels like it is taking FOREVER. What have you done to me, Dylan?! Turned me into a damn boat builder, I guess. Certainly one who would never make a dime if I were getting paid, or I would have to charge $10,000 to build one of these for how long it has taken me. Still, it has been an enjoyable learning experience and I thank you for the inspiration to take it on. I imagine it is going to be immensely satisfying to sail a boat I built by myself with my own two hands. That is if I ever actually finish the damn thing…
    See my Duck Punt building blog at-

  2. 17 October, 2012 at 10:54 amDylan Winter says:

    but you are doing such a beautiful job – epoxy sheathed and everything

    the mast step is a work of art

    take a look lads

  3. 17 October, 2012 at 8:23 pmPaul Mullings says:

    Just loved the West Mersea film, absolutely brilliant

  4. 20 October, 2012 at 10:38 amBev Hunt says:

    Well I will be experiencing my first trip in the duck punt on Wednesday with Julian. Really looking forward to it!

  5. 20 November, 2012 at 8:54 pmJan Baggerman says:


    this duck punting lark is getting out of hand.
    People are building floating coffins left right and centre. Think of all the widows and fatherless children growing up in poverty just because their dads followed you when you spread Duck Puntism.
    When realizing how many followers the most bizarre creeds and beliefs count I am afraid that within my lifetime no water in Britain will be duckpuntless. I hereby urge all photographers in the UK, profs and amateurs, to start recording the sight of surface waters as yet not infested with duckpunts.
    That includes all private garden ponds and the Mistly Swan pond.

    Soon there will be more punts than ducks, and then what? Swan punts, goose punts, coot punts? Please think carefully before launching another craze that might be the undoing of gullable garden shed carpenters. Think of al those innocent children who will remember their fathers as men who lived in garages and garden sheds. Men who would only join their families at dinner once a week while they were in the house anyway to change into clean clothes and have a shower to wash the wood dust out of their hair.

    You have a a lot to answer for, Mr Duckpunt Winter.

    Keep at it.



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