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Duckworks/Small Craft Advisor - Design Contest #1
Puget Sound solo cruiser
DEADLINE - Midnight, December 31, 2005
Our friends over at "Small Craft Advisor" have, agreed to join us as a co-sponsor of our annual design contest. We have decided that our contest and their
"SCA Design Challenge" would be best if combined. The competition will be a little stiffer, but we will all gain from the greater number of contestants and their ideas. The the
details are shown below—good luck! —Editor
You’re building a small boat for two weeks of summer solo
camp-cruising in Washington State’s south Puget Sound area. In
addition to the simple pleasures of just being on the water, you’re
looking forward to photographing wildlife and scenics along the
way. Your budget for the construction of the boat and all supplies
for the trip is $2500. You do not need to purchase pots,
pans, rain gear, sleeping bags, ordinary tents, or any gear a typical
outdoorsman might have on hand. You are also not required
to budget for tools or a place to build the boat. Finally, transportation
to and from the cruise need not be included in your
You will often sail in very shallow waters, and you may sometimes
have to contend with strong tidal currents in narrow channels
and between islands. As maximum currents can run faster
than the hull speed of most small boats, careful planning and the
ability to complete a passage reliably within a certain amount of
time could prove critical. The substantial wake from a ferry or
other large vessel could be an occasional consideration.
Rain and mist could potentially keep the boat’s topsides nearly
as wet as her keel for days on end, so some means of protection
will be required if you hope to have any comfort. Many shores
are posted no trespassing and no camping, so while you may be
able to camp ashore some nights, you’ll likely have to sleep aboard
others. Don’t leave home without a good cruising anchor. Extra
credit for boats that meet the primary needs and remain light
enough to dragged far up the beach and out of tidal range in a
Reprovisioning and the occasional hot shower can be had relatively
easily, as civilization will never be far away. Days are usually
mild, but nighttime temperatures can sometimes drop into
the 40s. Sunset can bring mosquitoes. Further research will enable
you to determine exactly what type of boat would be most appropriate.
- Good luck!
The contest organizers are Duckworks Magazine and
Small Craft Advisor.
All correspondence should be emailed to:
or addressed to:
P.O. Box 10
Harper, TX 78631, USA
The competition is open to anyone other than the following:
- Previous contest 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 organizers retain the right to
display at public shows, publish in Duckworks and Small Craft
Advisor (including its supplements and associated publications,
whether printed or electronic), in full or part, any submitted
material, written or electronic.
Only one entry per person will be judged. Due
to the number of entries we expect, and the fact that our judges
are busy people who generously volunteer their time, we limit
the volume of data that you may submit. Entries that do not
adhere to these specific limits will not be judged. Note that these
are maximum numbers and you do not need to pad your entry
to come up to these levels.
- Six drawings or sketches including but not limited to:
20 line list of boat’s statistics (measures, weights, etc.)
1000 word description of boat
100 line budget showing how the money is spent.
500 words of explanation of budget
100 word bio.
These submissions may be made by e-mail or snail mail in electronic
or “hard copy” versions. Please do not submit handwritten
text. Please make sure electronic submissions are hi-resolution
(300 dpi at printing size) for possible reproduction in print.
Judging will be based on the following:
The viability and merits of your boat design
How well the boat suits the overall trip and cruising grounds
Creative solutions and original design ideas
Judging will NOT be based on your mastery of any boat design
software. We like to see professional looking drawings, but
those will not get extra credit. What I am trying to say is don't
fail to enter because your drawings are just pencil sketches on
note paper. That will do fine.