A Puddle Duck (PD) Racer

I finally decided to have a go at constructing and sailing a PD Racer.

The PD Racer is an adaption of a Bolger Brick by Shorty Routh when he was living in Houston.

It is a very open class, only the underwater shape and size are measured, all other decisions on construction are up to the builder.

See PDRacer. com for complete information on the class and building your own boat, and see the article in Wikipedia.



I am using 1/4 inch plywood for the sides, fore and aft transoms, and am using 3/8 inch (or what passes for 3/8 these days) for the bottom. I got lucky at the local lumberyard and after picking through the top third of a large stack of sheets of plywood found some suitable for this project.


The one of the sides just cut out.
Feb 5, 2007.


The chine bent over some sticks and glued down. There were a lot of clamps on it earlier until the glue setup.
I trimmed a 2x4 down, cut a bit out of it and used it for a substantial gunwale.
I expect this boat to be hard used and in need of a substantial gunwale. The glue used is PL Premium.


The sides built and set up to accept the fore and aft transoms.
Feb. 9, 2007.


The bottom on, and not yet trimmed off.


The bottom trimmed and the hull right side up.


Air box bulkheads installed - installing the bottom skids.
Feb 17, 2007


Cleaning glue on middle bottom skid - Feb 17, 2007.


Debbie and Mona cleaning glue on one of the bottom skids.


Model used to calculate the lateen sail size, set etc.


Air box bulkheads in place, mast step in, and mast fitting.
Joseph and Gerard added for scale.


The leeboard fittings..


Air boxes all closed.
The round hatch fittings were installed on the air box tops before the tops were glued and screwed down.


Measuring the sail. I was surprised to find that the material was 66 inches wide so no seaming will be necessary.
The material is woven polyester - pseudo linen... easy to handle and will not rot.


Fitting the yard attachment point.
Using the real thing is even better than other theoretical measurements.


Feb. 21 2007. It all fits. Crew model is Miss M. a friends sons girlfriend.
She looks comfortable and may learn to sail some day.


details - daggerboard style leeboard and rudder

The leeboard was adapted from a mahogany daggerboard that was given to me sometime back. Glad to see it properly used.

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The rudder was made with a single side rather than the rudder blade being sandwiched between two sides.
I shaped the blade to a moderate foil shape.
The tiller handle was artfully cut from a single 36 inch bit of 2x4.
This rudder assembly will raise up for launching or very shallow water use.
The tie down attaches to a small cleat
The tie to the up position (not installed in the picture)
ties up to the extended pivot bolt which fastens the tiller handle to the rudder head.
Two nuts followed by a washer and a wingnut keep that line from sliding off.
See the - Ready for sale - picture below for an illustration.


The mast partner was made wide enough to accomodate a couple of holes and become a pinrail.
Here you see 2 belaying pins which are masquerading as screwdrivers.


Images at point of auction - hull decorated by members of the graduating class at Discovery School.


Ready for sale. February 24, 2007.


The whole package included 4 lifejackets (2 adult, 1 small child, 1 medium child)
and auxiliary power (a commercially made 3ft paddle.)

The family who bought the boat has 4 sons.... soon to become sailors.


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