The Marsh Duck
On the beach, Sucia Island
Welcome to my blog about designing, building and using the Marsh Duck, a light-weight sailing-rowing-cruising boat. She’s a sort of cross between a sailing canoe, an ocean rowing boat and a racing dinghy. Depending on your interests, look through the categories . . . and feel free to get in touch by comment or directly by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
She’s 18 feet long. The hull is 43 inches wide, with wings for hiking out adding almost 6 inches on each side (to 54 inches). She weighs about 130 lbs, 170 lbs with all sailing and rowing gear. Construction is stitch and glue using 1/8 and 1/4 inch ply with 6 oz fiberglass and epoxy.
First cruise was 6 weeks in the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound. I was very pleased with her performance. With slight improvements I expect she could be very competitive in Raids or will serve me for long cruises, months at a time – the inside passage to Alaska, the Caribbean, even across oceans. 2013 I spent 3 months cruising the inside waters from Port Townsend to the north end of Vancouver Island.
For a better sense of how I use her and what she’s like on the water I would suggest the categories “Cruising Reports” (under “Cruising”) and Videos.
Please note that the blog dates do not correspond to the dates pictures were taken, nor the time of the activities described. I don’t get to posting that often . . .