The Duck Trap Wherry sparked the renewal of interest in wherries with her beautiful traditional lines and shapely transom–with good reason. The frosting on the cake is that she’s actually the easiest to build of all our wherries. We built the wherry in the photo above, and the Duck Trap Wherry pictured below was built by Dave Monley–that's him and his wife Elizabeth aboard. The other photo is of their Brittany Belle on her first row–our Brittanies settled right in to wherries too. The trick is not getting them aboard, the trick is convincing them that it's time to get out...
With her shapely champagne-glass transom, the Duck Trap Wherry has the look of a light Trap Skiff. A fast pulling boat based on proven lines, she keeps her bow up in rough going, though her forefoot is cut away to make her more maneuverable and to keep her from tripping in a following sea. Initial and secondary stability are high, and her long run aft insures her speed. If you had to pick one boat for recreational use in all conditions, you would be hard pressed to do better than this Duck Trap Wherry. Even better, she's the easiest to build of all our wherries.
And for those of you who may be under the erroneous impression that a Duck Trap Wherry is a delicate craft, we offer this photo of William & Anthony with builder Richard Honan (who built her from our plans) and his brother taken during the annual Snow Row in Hull, Massachusetts...
The plan consists of lines and offsets, construction details, and a combined sail plan, all printed on 24# paper. We also have a CD that details her construction all the way through, and the loftings for 14', 15', and 16' boats.
When you place an order for plans, understand that what you are purchasing is the construction rights for one time use only–and every plan page is so marked. A royalty amounting to 50% of the original cost of the plans is due on subsequent boats built from our boat plans. So if you decide you would like to build a second (or third, or fourth) Duck Trap Wherry for example, and the plans cost $65, then the royalty would only amount to $32.50 per boat.
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Posted by Josef on Mar 19th 2019
I received the plans for the Duck Trap Wherry, just days after placing the order, despite them being shipped to California. The plans arrived in perfect condition. I had an additional inquiry sent via email to Mr. Simmons which was promptly answered with a high level of detail.