'A boat you can cross an ocean in while in your slippers'
The 'quote' above is from the designer George Buehler and he has achieved his design goal in quite a few of his creations.
We have wanted one ever since 2004 when I talked to 'George' about the 38' foot design, but more about that in the page dedicated to our 382 Shiplet.
The boats have a cult following, very much like the Willard 40 pilot house (boats like our recent LAGOM). They are not flashy on the outside but look as capable as they really are, at a very slow speed. They are designed for long distance voyaging at a stately speed, very long distance indeed. Almost all are designed with a get-home or steadying-sail rig. The sails can also help extend the cruising range as long as you are sailing off the wind.
The Diesel Ducks built by Seahorse Marine are exquisite not just in the tank-like steel and stainless construction but also in the absolutely superb interior teak joinery and systems layout. As they are semi-custom there are differences between all of them and unless you have a couple of years to spend traveling to China to supervise the work you are better off buying a used one. If you have one that has been well built under a watchful owner's supervision you have a real gem. Even if you have the time to supervise there can be issues as you have little recourse if things go wrong and this is one example. Our friend Jeff has unfortunately sold his beautiful Moby Duck but his web site is chock full of great information, including one page dedicated to the question about bulding new or buying used.
The systems are extremely well laid out but not necessarily KISS; for example, Shiplet has four voltages on board, 12 and 24 DC and 110 and 220 AC. The four systems are not for international compatibility, that could have been satisfied by a shore power system capable of handling international inputs. Our four electrical systems introduce quite a lot of unneccessary complexity and incompatibilities. But, enough about that.
Some come equipped with paravanes (passive but very effective stabilizers), others don't and just rely on the steadying sails. To our knowledge none of them have fin stabilization or Seakeeper stabilization.
We mentioned the long range cruising capability and to give an idea of how long that range is: Shiplet has 1,725 gallons in 6 fuel tanks. While we cruise at 5.5 to 6 knots we burn between 1.25 to 1.5 gallons per hour. Our range in flat seas with no sail assist is somewhere between 5,750 and 8,280 NM on full tanks, with no reserve. A realistic number in flat seas is probably around 6,500 NM.
To read more about the line of Diesel Ducks go to the George Buehler site and start dreaming !
We absolutely love our 382 Diesel Duck and so do the dockwalkers who keep taking her picture and asking us questions.