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From the 1962 brochure

The PETER DUCK is an easily handled shoal-water cruising yacht giving maximum "liveability" with the minimum of upkeep.
Her hull form and modest draft enable her, if need be, to take the ground comfortably alongside a quay or in a soft mud berth. At sea, she is "a duck by name and duck by nature"—dry, buoyant, with a very easy motion. Despite the moderate area the yacht performs very satisfactorily under sail; the cut-away forefoot and clean run help her to turn to windward with a finger-light helm. The firm turn to the bilge and good beam mean that she sails with a small angle of heel and there is seldom need to reef.

For family cruising the PETER DUCK is in many ways unsurpassed in her tonnage. With a young family it is important that a yacht should be easy to control, should sail as nearly upright as possible, should have wide side decks and ample room in the cockpit, and plenty of room below. The accommodation should be so arranged that there are two sleeping cabins, a separate W.C., chart table and proper galley—a tall order in a 28-footer! PETER DUCK manages all these features and in addition can run her forefoot onto a sandy beach or anchor off in very little water, so that the 'bucket-and-spade brigade' can get ashore easily and enjoy themselves.
If time is short, then there is a powerful auxiliary to get you back to the mooring, or to windward, with the least possible delay. When more ambitious cruises are planned, the PETER DUCK, with her tabernacle, mast and shoal draft can explore the Dutch estuaries, canals and meers, or cruise the Brittany coasts with the prospect of a relatively fast and comfortable passage to and from the chosen cruising ground.

From Classic Boat Magazine

"The suitability of Peter Duck for comfortable shoal water cruising must have been obvious to a number of post-war yachtsmen, because 38 near-replicas were turned out in the 1960's by Porter and Haylett of Wroxham in Norfolk. Some modifications were made to the original design to make it more acceptable to the average yachtsman. These inevitably reflect changing tastes; the homely atmosphere of the original giving way to one with boat show appeal - more berths and less storage. The most notable change was the extra strake in the topsides to give standing headroom in the saloon. The mainmast tabernacle was moved onto the enlarged coachroof and supported by two athwartship bulkheads which turned the forepeak into a second two-berth cabin and allowed the heads to be placed in a separate compartment. The coal stove had to go, but there was now a sink in the galley with a fresh water pump from a large tank under the starboard saloon berth. A permanent chart table was built in opposite. Auxiliary power was significantly uprated by the installation of a larger engine, usually a 1.5 litre 4 cylinder Leyland diesel, giving motor sailer performance. The new generation of Peter Ducks were built of Iroko on oak frames, adding further weight and another 4 inches (100mm) of draught, but certainly not detracting from the easy, comfortable motion characteristic of the original".
Bernard Patrick, part owner of PD 12, Goosander

From the 1965 Boat Show Brochure 

"High bowed, transom sterned ketches with a bold sheer and a wide rubbing strake that is the signature of Laurent Giles. An easy to handle shoal water cruising yacht giving maximum liveability with the minimum of upkeep! At sea they are quoted as being "a duck by name and a duck by nature, dry, buoyant, with a very easy motion. The firm turn to the bilge and good beam meant they sailed well with a small angle of heel with seldom any need to reef. The boats were easy to handle with few crew and if necessary they could be managed by a single person. Their popularity lay in the fact that not only were they strongly built, safe and reliable in the open sea, they were also able to sail creeks because of their remarkably shallow draft. This provided other advantages including being able to reach anchorages and moorings denied to deeper keeled yachts. These factors, together with a comfortable full-sized headroom below decks, made the Peter Duck Class a most suitable choice for a young family. In addition, the boat was well mannered, it could sail as nearly upright as possible and had wide side decks as well as ample room below. The accommodation was arranged so that there were two sleeping cabins, a separate W.C.., chart table and a proper galley, the latter being a tall order in a 28 foot yacht of the period".

Broker's Comments

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She comes complete with this duck - a candle holder!

Unfortunately the owner of Gay Duckling is no longer with us and I have been asked to find her a new owner. She has obviously been very well looked after, but like all wooden boats there is usually more to do, and a planned routine of maintenance is necessary. 

Broad reach in a good blow under jib and mizzen

She needs a new owner who will get as much pleasure from her maintenance as from her sailing.  Give me a call for an interview!
Adrian Espin


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In this case we are acting as Brokers only. The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted.