Re: [baidarka] Putz Double

Subject: Re: [baidarka] Putz Double
From: Peter Chopelas (
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 12:29:41 EDT

>has anyone out there built and
> used the Putz Walrus 18.5' boat? My family is growing and I'd feel
> more at ease paddling an open cockpit design with the children.

I rebuilt one of these in high school. It is not a bad for your intended
purpose, the sides are a bit high and the stablity is not as good for a
family boat (unless you have cargo packed low in it). I think using an
Aleut double (or triple?) hull as found on David Zimmerly's site
[] would yeild a better performing hull. If you do not
like the round cockpits you can always alter it to have one large oblong
coaming. I considered this for a famil boat myself, but eventually just
built every one their own single.

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