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Any boat that can be built from our box of parts:

This contest is to be kept simple and unintimidating.

Simple in that required drawings will be as basic as needed to define the boat.

Unintimidating in that Professionals and Boat Design Students who have passed more than 40pct (2/5 yrs) of their Course are excluded.

The brief is simple and clear, with a lot of flexibility.

As a prize, the winning design will be built by the Duckworks Magazine staff.

Build any boat you can imagine from the following parts:

  • 2 -  4' x 8' sheets of 1/4" (or less)  " plywood
  • 2 - 10 foot 1 x 12's
  • 2 -  8 foot 2 x 4's
  • 2 - 10 foot x 1-1/2" dia. wood poles
  • 2 -  8 x 10 foot polytarps
  • 2 - 50 ' lengths of 1/4" nylon rope
  • unlimited glue, fasteners, paint, and duct tape.
  • a small outboard or trolling motor may be specified

Some additional lumber may be used for temporary forms.

Flotation may be used, as long as it is not structural.

When ripping or cutting lumber, you may figure a kerf of 1/16".

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Winners will be announced in the following categories:

  • Least left over material
  • Best match to intended use
  • Most elegant

One overall winner will be chosen from all entries, and that boat will be built by the Duckworks Magazine staff.  (Excluding any motor)

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The organizer of the Competition is Duckworks Magazine.

All correspondence should be emailed to…

Or addressed to……

Design Competition

Duckworks Magazine
P.O. Box 10
Harper, TX  78631, USA

The competition is open to anyone other than the following:

  • Last year's three winners
  • Professional Boat Designers
  • Career path Boat Design students who have completed 40% or more of their Course

Entrants retain Copyright of their designs or drawings. However, it is a condition of entry that the Organizer retains the right to display at public shows, publish in Duckworks (including its supplements and associated publications, whether printed or electronic), in full or part, any submitted material, written or electronic.

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Closing Date: Xmas Day 2001

1) Each entry must contain the following components:
A) Sheet or e-mail giving entrants name, contact details, two line autobiography & the following signed/dated statement:
"I enclose an entry for the Duckworks 2001 Amateur Design Competition.  I have read & understood the competition rules and agree to be bound by them."
B) A statement of intended use.  Such a limited supply of material can be thrown together randomly and probably make a serviceable boat.  We're interested in what you expect the boat to do. Not just a list of it's virtues and vices, but a good idea of why it's specially suited to one job or another, whether it's crabbing on the Chesapeake, bass fishing in the ponds of Florida or zipping around Buzzards bay with a small outboard.  At least one good paragraph should do it.

C) Either of the following:

(I) Scale drawings as listed. These must be on A4 ( 8-1/2 X 11 ) for scanning purposes. The minimal drawings list will normally be 3 sheets as listed, but can be put on less if clarity is retained.  Electronic entries should be not over 800 pixels wide, in *.gif* or *.jpg* format.  

Minimum drawing list:

  1. Profile including sail plan (if applicable)
  2. General Arrangement plan
  3. Three cross sections. 


(II) A model or full sized boat may be built and an adequate number of photos taken to give a fair representation.

D) Diagram and describe how the materials are cut into components.  We want to know how the ply is cut up, how the sails, tent, or bimini are cut from the tarps, how the boards are ripped to make gunwales, etc.  

E) List what type and quantity of fasteners are used.  They may include but are not necessarily limited to:

  • screws

  • nails 

  • epoxy or other type of glue

  • fiberglass, duct, or carpet tape

  • nuts, bolts, grommets, etc. 

3) Every sheet submitted must be clearly marked with the contestant's name and a space of equal size to the name provided beneath the name for judges' annotations. Unnamed sheets will not be considered.

4) Multiple entries may be submitted but each must be a full entry meeting all filing criteria on its own.  Each entry of multiples must be substantially different: iterations of a parent design must be submitted as a single entry.

5) Existing designs may be submitted as long as they are solely the intellectual property of the entrant.  Designs that are considered close mimicry of an existing design by other than the entrant will be queried with the entrant.

6) Duckworks will not be returning submissions.  Entrants should keep copies for their own files.

7) The Organizers are happy to clarify conditions of entry but cannot discuss your design prior to the closing date of Xmas Day 2001. However an existing entry may be superseded by an update prior to the closing date.

8) The Judges’ Decision is FINAL & no correspondence will be entered into.

9 There is no entry fee.

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Classic, Retro or Modern styling themes will be considered equally, as will mono or multihull types.  The idea is to get as many different boats from the same pile of materials as possible.  Judging for the overall winner will be based on a weighted mixture of the following criteria, which are not listed in any order.  Entrants would do well to be mindful of all.

  • Originality

  • General adherence to brief

  • Aesthetics

  • Seaworthiness, comfort, safety

  • Usability

  • Ability to perform stated use

  • Feasibility of construction

The Judges of the competition are last years winners:

Gavin Atkin

David Telles

Peter Vanderwaart

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