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Lucky, of Pizza Crusade, writes:

I saw your post on Tyvek sails, and immediately thought of the PDRacer (Puddle Duck Racer) – a little sailboat you can build for about $150 with tools most people already have. There’s a ton of info out there, as well as info so you can get involved with a local group of PDRacers – or start your own group. I haven’t built one yet, but can’t wait to try my hand at it.

When I was a young teen, my dad had a 37′ cabin cruiser for a while and I had a dinghy sailboat about this size (plastic). I loved that thing. This brings back fond memories.


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. andrew says:

    hey MAKE,

    I actually just built a PDRacer last week — we started Sunday afternoon, and worked evenings after work to finish in time for a weekend trip. They’re really remarkable boats and definitely the easiest way to get out on the water for cheap. Add that they’re great fun to build with a group and you have a great project for a weekend with some friends.

    Anyway, the standard material for a PDRacer sail is usually a regular blue garden tarp, $20 from home depot, or a heavy-duty one if you’re really conservative. You cut it to shape and take the strips of grommets you don’t need and put them on the head or luff or wherever. We made a really sweet rig this way, and it got the boat well up past hull speed without anything breaking :D


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