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Old 07-12-2007, 12:38   #1
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Diesel Ducks

Anyone have one or have any information on them. Good or bad?

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Old 07-12-2007, 13:01   #2
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Hey Scott

Welcome aboard. Are you interested in the design aspects of the ducks or the ones out there floating now? A lot of them were amateur built and more nowadays are custom or factory built. One, Idlewyld (sp?) transited most of the arctic yr before last and then circumnavigated the world. I believe it was custom build in aluminum.

I've only ever seen one close up and that was built here in Ontario in steel and outfitted by the owners. I believe they've cross the Atlantic with it and are in the med. Other than that, from what I've read they seem to be capable passagemakers if outfitted properly.

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Old 07-12-2007, 13:51   #3
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I really hate to sound so naive, but what is a Diesel Duck? A type of boat?
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Old 07-12-2007, 14:24   #4
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I really hate to sound so naive, but what is a Diesel Duck? A type of boat?

Yeah, but I don't know why anyone would want to circumnavigate in one.

Ride the Ducks of Seattle

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Old 07-12-2007, 15:40   #5
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Diesel Duck antithesis of multihull...

Diesel Ducks are designed by George Beuhler.

Imagine going to sea in a massively overdesigned, massively overstrength steel boat with redundant systems.

Some people have no sense of the romance of the sea.
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Old 07-12-2007, 23:03   #6
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There's a guy here in Zhuhai China who builds them. His name is Bill Kimley. His company is called Seahorse Marine. Here's the link:
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Old 08-12-2007, 17:11   #7
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George Beuler did a podcast for 'FurledSails.com', diesel ducks and seahorse marine are mentioned.

George Buehler Yacht Design Home Page

FurledSails.com Podcast #77 George Buehler

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They are worth a very serious look !!
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There is a flock of 3 new delivery Ducks within 20 yards of my slip. Handsome boats with a lot of practical design ideas. I enjoyed a 10 day cruise last month on one and can see the attraction if you don’t want to sail
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We have a couple of them here floating around the SF Bay taking out tourists. I don't know, they don't look like the most seaworthy of boats with their low freeboard. It seems like it would be really easy to swamp a duck (No pun intended)
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We seem to be talking about two different animals:
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DUK-W Amphibian Truck
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Thanks Gord

I'm glad you clarified that Gord - I only saw the picture of the truck and was thinking that there is no way I'm getting in that for anything except to cross a very small, shallow pond with no wind blowing.
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I didn't know what a diesel duck was, but with the circumnavigation, I knew it wasn't what I posted, The Seattle Ride the Ducks. I was making a funny, hence the in my post.

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My dream is to won a 462 Diesel Duck. For the $ and seaworthiness nothing compares.
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I first saw one the amphibious Ducks last week in Rotorua (tourist town in NZ). Massive prop on the things. The skipper/driver needed to hold a commercial captain's license as well a passenger service (bus) driver's license. Apparently they have trouble finding people qualified for both. (anyone want to shift to NZ?)
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