PDRacer Plans

The PDRacer is a phenomenal little class racing boat. It is cheap to build, fun to sail, and easy to transport. For families, scout troops, and community organizations, the PDRacer is an ideal trainer for novice sailors. Building one of these boats becomes a means of bridging the generation gap between parent and child or leader and youth. For old salts, this little box boat provides new challenges in all phases of construction and sailing. The PDRacer levels the playing field and allows tottering retirees to compete with agile youths. For professional builders, designers, and sailors, the creative challenges are endless. How can we make this little scow faster, lighter, safer, more seaworthy? For all these reasons and because the class is unique for its use of polytarp sails, PolySail International supports this rapidly growing class of environmentally friendly recreational and racing sailboats.

Redneck Duck – Intro

Redneck Duck – Intro

About the PD Racer The PD Racer is the brainchild of David “Shorty” Routh who believes that sailing should be a sport that is “cheap, creative, and …fun on the water.” PD Racers are basically 4’ x 8’ box boats that share a common hull up to a height of 10 inches....

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Redneck Duck – Plans

This is Page 2 of Building Instructions for the Redneck Racer Camp Boat. Cutting Guide Panel 1: Sides Panel 2: Inside Frames Panel 3: Decks Panel 4: Underdeck Framework Panel 5: Inside Frame Reinforcement Panel 6: Stern Transom Panel 7: Bow Transom Panel 8: Wishbone...

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Camp Sailboat Day 1

This is Page 3 of Building Instructions for the Redneck Racer Camp Boat. Summary of Activities Read over pp 1-19 of this Camp Sailboat project manual. Carefully review this summary of the day’s activities as well as the notes and tips before beginning. Note that most...

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Camp Sailboat Day 2

This is Page 4 of Building Instructions for the Redneck Racer Camp Boat. Summary of Activities Purchase materials. Purchase the following in #2 or better lumber in pine, fir, poplar, or cedar: (7) 1” x 2” x 8’ strips; (2) 1” x 3” x 8’ strips, (2) ½” x ¾” x 8’ clear...

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Camp Sailboat Day 3

This is Page 5 of Building Instructions for the Redneck Racer Camp Boat. Summary of Activities (This is a good day to involve children or grandchildren who might not have been present for earlier activities) Purchase paint materials. Buy a quart of exterior latex...

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Camp Sailboat Day 4

This is Page 6 of Building Instructions for the Redneck Racer Camp Boat. Summary of Activities  Purchase a 5 lb. weight and other materials for the leeboard and rudder. Try to find a 5 lb. flat barbell weight at a Play it Again Sports or similar sports store. These...

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Camp Sailboat Day 5

This is Page 7 of Building Instructions for the Redneck Racer Camp Boat. Summary of Activities Build a mast step. Using scrap ¼” BC plywood about 10” x 10” and a piece of 1” x 4” x 1’ board, you can make a mast step. Use the template provided in Panel 9 of the plans...

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Camp Sailboat Day 6

This is Page 8 of Building Instructions for the Redneck Racer Camp Boat. Summary of Activities Add lines and hardware: You will need the following: A dock line or painter for tying up your boat or anchoring it. Usually this line is fairly long and strong to allow for...

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Welcome to the World of PDRacers

This is Page 9 of Building Instructions for the Redneck Racer Camp Boat. Examples of PDRacers and Variations That the Author Has Built or Assisted in Building Since 2005 DID YOU KNOW?.... Styrofoam was originally developed as a lifeboat material for the US Navy. Lame...

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