Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer

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Blog series by Napaman updated 01-10-2016 04:31 AM 13 parts 94226 reads 142 comments total

Part 1: Why a PDR? First steps...

11-22-2011 04:55 AM by Napaman | 7 comments »

Why a Puddle Duck Racer (aka A PDR or PD Racer)? Check out this great resource on the pdr site: A few weeks ago I made a big decision…to put my Weekender Sailboat (see blog on 1st sail boat here: ) on TEMPORARY HIATUS to build a PDR. My Weekender build has gone well overall considering that I have never built a boat…and I am learning a lot…but I find myself going on and off the build for mont...

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Part 2: Sides to Panels...week 1 continues...

11-22-2011 06:27 AM by Napaman | 6 comments »

The next steps on my PDR took me about a week…I took the 4 sides sheets and added stringers… Since the sheets are only 1/4” you need a wider edge in order to attach the boat bottom, and decks… In photo (A): you can see the first panel with I did after school one day before the weather got wet a few weeks ago…the leading edge the panel is where the bow or front of the boat will attach… In photo (B): once I had the first panel done I decided to c...

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Part 3: Week 3---GOING THREE DEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

11-22-2011 06:53 AM by Napaman | 7 comments »

Ok…this week is not over…but I am super happy to say that in 3+ weeks of work I am now three d…it took me a year to get there on my Weekender…so I am really enjoying a project that goes fast…and feels so manageable… (A)The first step to going three d was the framing pieces that connect the panels. The first piece I made did not work…I was going to put this piece in…and then another two small spacers (one in each air box). I quickly realized...

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Part 4: Bottom's UP!

11-23-2011 12:30 AM by Napaman | 12 comments »

Well I was feeling a little guilty about a 4th blog in less then 24 hours…but then I checked my e-mail and had 12 new project posts from Lazy Larry (Degoose)... So here it is…THE BOTTOM is glued and screwed…and went pretty well…Sarah helped me which made it all possible… First I had to let the bottom bend over night…the ends had the toughest time flexing all the way down…so I was a bit worried the bow end would not go down… Then I reali...

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Part 5: Hull is COMPLETE!

12-11-2011 02:47 AM by Napaman | 16 comments »

Well after a busy first 3 weeks in the build I had a slow two weeks since Thanksgiving weekend ended… But today—-I finished off the hull by putting on the bow and transom pieces (boat ends). Seemed to take me forever but its done…and now once the epoxy firms up I will start working inside the boat…with only one more week of school….WOOT I cant wait! This is the finished shot…you can see my other sail boat build in the back… This ...

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Part 6: Sailing Rigs?

02-15-2012 03:46 AM by Napaman | 15 comments »

Would love some thoughts and feedback on which sailing rig to use… The website has a nice section on it…but basically gives ideas for many… The plans I am following call for a sunfish sail set…making the spars and rig… I am leaning to following the plans…just because I will have all the details to follow…even though the pdr website describes many options—-there are no “exact” instructions… SORRY no new photo...

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Part 7: Sidetracked--like her name????

02-21-2012 04:37 AM by Napaman | 15 comments »

Well…finally some pictures for all of you…and I decided to honor my good friend WARREN PERCELL by naming my PDR ”SIDETRACKED”... Sidetracked is my new boats name—-since this little boat has sidetracked me from my bigger sail boat build (Weekender Sailboat). Since my last update I have only had weekends—-but other then traveling last weekend I have worked at least a little bit on the boat (s) each weekend…little things…LOTS of filling and s...

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Part 8: Non-update Update on both boats! (same as Weekender Blog)

10-18-2012 05:02 PM by Napaman | 7 comments »

Dear Friends… I am sorry that I have not updated you…its been a tough year and I hope to get moving again. I wanted to let all of you know “where” I have been since my last update—which as of today was 298 days ago!!! Last January! Its crazy to think that I passed my 5 year LJ anniversary and I missed it completely! I have let a few LJ’s know that our life has changed immensely…I am no longer in Napa…but 500 miles to the south…Las...

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Part 9: I touched the PDR...

09-30-2013 01:20 AM by Napaman | 13 comments »

Well its hard to believe that it has been nearly a year since my last update—-and this second little boat which was supposed to be a quick build so I could get on the water will nearly be 2 years into the build…embarrassing! However…after the toughest two years of my life…TWO moves, unemployment, job changes and so on and so on…I finally got both my boats arranged on the patio this weekend. Since we moved back to our house in Napa (where I have lots of buil...

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Part 10: mast collar and step

11-11-2013 01:19 AM by Napaman | 10 comments »

Hey…3 day weekends. Finally a chance to play. below are unglued parts…commemrs on strength before I glue them down. on bottom is 3/4 ply base. Then the step which has a 1/4 base with 3 more 1/4 with hole. Then 2 1/2 ” mast (scrap in now). At bow is two 3/4 ply sandwiching 3/4 pine bow ppiece. thinking of putting support pieces under bow for strength… also need thoughts on mast using leg o mutton which calls for 16 foot mast. Already have sail. 16 is long. ...

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Part 11: Rough construction nearly done...getting closer...

01-13-2014 01:48 AM by Napaman | 10 comments »

Well…vacation has its perks when it comes to the stressed out teacher…this past week I really got moving again (FINALLY) after a super tough couple of years…it felt like we were finally home for the first time in two years even though we have been home since July… My goal was simple…get as far as I could…and change gears from perfection to—-’git er done’... I really wanted to rough out all the remaining parts for the boat and not fin...

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Part 12: yellow

04-13-2015 03:13 AM by Napaman | 10 comments »

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Part 13: PDR Dolly...and new shop!!!

01-10-2016 04:31 AM by Napaman | 14 comments »

Well…I was not going to post this…but since it has been so long…maybe it was time to share the good news…after a few tough years we bought a new house.. and.. there is lots of building room! My shop space doubled…and i can SEE …because my electrical works…before I ran my shop from an extension cord connected to the house 30 feet away… This is my first woodworking in my new shop…it will allow me to easily move th...

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