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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double (WDD) #1: Overview

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 05-30-2020 04:32 AM 624 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Needing an Intervention?
I like to plan and build things from wood…the more complicated, the better! I especially enjoy building small boats. Previous boat builds included a tandem sea kayak, single racing kayak, single recreation kayak, mini ski boat, single performance/play kayak, skin-on-frame rowing shell, and three duck hunting layout boats. I even built a teardrop camper in 2016.

I recently finished part of my basement and lost some of my small boat storage. That leaves me with space for two kayaks on the ceiling, my rowing shell and triple kayak on the wall, and my Grumman Sportboat in the third stall of the garage. My wife’s single kayak occupies one space on the ceiling and that leaves me with one spot for a rereational kayak.

Can One Boat Do it All?
Having moved back to MN six years ago, I’ve settled into a number of outdoor activities that I enjoy a lot. These include fishing for northern pike, hunting ducks, kayaking on Lake Superior, and sailing.

I netted this 32” northern pike for my wife when we were kayak fishing. She didn’t have her own net as she had yet to experience the thrill of landing a toothy pike from a kayak and wasn’t “all in.” She has one now!

I caught this 38” northern pike while fishing from my Grumman Sportboat.

I’ve spent a lot of time searching for a boat that could safely and comfortably do all of these activities and I think the Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck Double kayak would work quite well. I sold my duck hunting layout boat and a solo canoe with a nice duck blind a few weeks ago. I’ll sell my Current Designs Solara 135 fishing kayak after I complete the build of the new kayak. The kit will arrive in the next few days. I hope to complete the build in about a month…that could be wishful thinking since I’m also in the final stages of finishing my basement!!!

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Why the Wood Duck Double will make a good Lake Superior kayak.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 05-30-2020 06:01 PM

1. nice story
2. nice fish
3. I’ll be watching for your posts.

Seriously, sounds like a good time project. Nice to have something you can lay out yourself for your own needs and do it they way you want instead of the way some company thinks you want it. I fish a bit but not from a kayak. But, not from something all that more involved wither. Keep posting..

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 05-30-2020 06:02 PM

For some reason it posted twice. Once above and once here….. I’ve deleted the text but can’t the comment.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 05-30-2020 07:21 PM

Thanks! This going to be a fun build with trying to make the boat do so many different things…hopefully well!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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metolius

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#4 posted 05-31-2020 12:23 AM

Its been a long time since Ive been around a stack of “Wooden Boat” magazines.
It seems that maybe you are fishing for some type of sailing canoe. ? of this sort ? https://www.duckworks.com/category-s/491.htm

-- derek / oregon

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#5 posted 05-31-2020 01:48 AM

Derek:
There are a lot of good designs in that link. I already bought the kit for the Wood Duck Double kayak. The sailing part is the lowest priority for me, but I plan to build the CLC kayak sailing rig with 10’ amas and akas.

I bought the plans last year with the intent of installing it on our triple kayak to boost our distances traveled per day and I’m glad that I waited. Putting this rig on the Wood Duck Double will make it a fun day sailer. We’ll just keep paddling our triple since it would be to complicated to land it with the wide sail rig at our favorite primitive campsites in the Apostle Islands. I plan to build the sail rig over the coming winter.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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