Lakes sailor builds 25-feet yacht in his garage

SAILING enthusiast Chris Ducker has spent months building his dream yacht – The Flying Duckman 13 – in the garage of his Bowness home.

The 17-Feet Class boat, which is actually 25ft long, took Mr Ducker three months to build, and will be officially launched on April 13.

Mr Ducker, 54, who is retired, has been sailing since he was 15 and is a member of the Royal Winderemere Yacht Club.

He said: “I just love being on the water. I enjoy building projects, and thought it would be a challenge to build a boat.

“I like to spend the summer months in Windermere sailing, and so wanted to build a yacht that I could race.”

The avid sailor, of Longlands Road, designed the hull with America’s Cup designer Ian Howlett, and built it with yacht builder Demon Yachts.

“I wanted to create a 17-feet yacht that had a similar hull shape to the most recently launched yachts, but looks more aggressive than the classic yachts, more like a modern sports boat,” said Mr Ducker. “I also wanted it to be easy to handle, even in strong winds, when I’m 80.

“Although I have spent considerable time on the design, look, and fit, of my yacht, the real key to the success of the project is being able to sail in one of the area’s largest competitive fleets.”

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Materials, including spruce, glass fibre, and epoxy resins, were used to build the yacht, which Mr Ducker hopes will be long-lasting.

He said: “I hope that in 100 years’ time the Flying Duck-man will become a classic yacht of the future that may be helmed by my great-grandchildren.

“Those who currently sail these great yachts are helping to preserve a piece of local history for future generations,” added the owner of Italian clothing company SLAM in Bowness.

Around 80 Windermere 17-Feet Class yachts have been built since 1908, and 30 still race on Windermere.

“The sleek lines of the classic yachts are much admired, and many would say add to the beauty of the area when seen out on the lake, racing on their regular Saturday slots throughout the summer,” he added.

Mr Ducker, who bought his first boat at the age of 20, but did not learn to swim until he was 30, described the building challenge as ‘fulfilling.’ He has bought an-other boat, which he also plans to put together in his garage and race in the J Boat World Championship, which SLAM is sponsoring, in June

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4:34pm Sat 28 Jan 12

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Would it KEEL you to publish a photo? It's not far to go to take one after all!
Would it KEEL you to publish a photo? It's not far to go to take one after all! Milkbutnosugarplease

4:34pm Sat 28 Jan 12

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Would it KEEL you to publish a photo? It's not far to go to take one after all!
Would it KEEL you to publish a photo? It's not far to go to take one after all! Milkbutnosugarplease

1:47am Sun 29 Jan 12

life cycle too says...

Y'awl have to go without it seems - the Gazette picture editor is all at sea!

Keep a lookout for him, and if you ketch sight of him, remind him of his obligations... or try a different tack, and demand a picture!

After all, there has been a boom in digital cameras of late - and you can get the prints on canvas too.

That's enough from me - I'm leaving you knots, rigging, mast, lines, anchors, bouys and many others!! :)
Y'awl have to go without it seems - the Gazette picture editor is all at sea! Keep a lookout for him, and if you ketch sight of him, remind him of his obligations... or try a different tack, and demand a picture! After all, there has been a boom in digital cameras of late - and you can get the prints on canvas too. That's enough from me - I'm leaving you knots, rigging, mast, lines, anchors, bouys and many others!! :) life cycle too

1:48am Sun 29 Jan 12

life cycle too says...

Y'awl have to go without it seems - the Gazette picture editor is all at sea!

Keep a lookout for him, and if you ketch sight of him, remind him of his obligations... or try a different tack, and demand a picture!

After all, there has been a boom in digital cameras of late - and you can get the prints on canvas too.

That's enough from me - I'm leaving you knots, rigging, mast, lines, anchors, bouys and many others!! :)
Y'awl have to go without it seems - the Gazette picture editor is all at sea! Keep a lookout for him, and if you ketch sight of him, remind him of his obligations... or try a different tack, and demand a picture! After all, there has been a boom in digital cameras of late - and you can get the prints on canvas too. That's enough from me - I'm leaving you knots, rigging, mast, lines, anchors, bouys and many others!! :) life cycle too

1:51am Sun 29 Jan 12

life cycle too says...

It seems the forum software thinks this was a two hulled catamaran, and repears everything twice!!
It seems the forum software thinks this was a two hulled catamaran, and repears everything twice!! life cycle too

1:51am Sun 29 Jan 12

life cycle too says...

It seems the forum software thinks this was a two hulled catamaran, and repears everything twice!!
It seems the forum software thinks this was a two hulled catamaran, and repears everything twice!! life cycle too

5:14pm Sun 29 Jan 12

lakesailor says...

Now I'm confused. It it him or me?
Now I'm confused. It it him or me? lakesailor

12:48pm Mon 30 Jan 12

life cycle too says...

lakesailor wrote:
Now I'm confused. It it him or me?
Both of your its... definitely him... I think!
[quote][p][bold]lakesailor[/bold] wrote: Now I'm confused. It it him or me?[/p][/quote]Both of your its... definitely him... I think! life cycle too

10:41pm Tue 31 Jan 12

lakesailor7 says...

this story gives impression Mr Ducker build the yacht , totally false story as it was built by a firm called demon yachts and if you go on there website you can see pics of the whole build process !!!!
this story gives impression Mr Ducker build the yacht , totally false story as it was built by a firm called demon yachts and if you go on there website you can see pics of the whole build process !!!! lakesailor7

10:41pm Tue 31 Jan 12

lakesailor7 says...

this story gives impression Mr Ducker build the yacht , totally false story as it was built by a firm called demon yachts and if you go on there website you can see pics of the whole build process !!!!
this story gives impression Mr Ducker build the yacht , totally false story as it was built by a firm called demon yachts and if you go on there website you can see pics of the whole build process !!!! lakesailor7

10:20am Wed 1 Feb 12

life cycle too says...

Alas, that is not unusual for the Gazette, who lack enough staff these days to do their job efficiently... or to sort out the forum software that allows double posts regularly!
Alas, that is not unusual for the Gazette, who lack enough staff these days to do their job efficiently... or to sort out the forum software that allows double posts regularly! life cycle too

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