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Denman Marine Newsletter

Hi Denman Marine, and welcome to the latest Denman Marine newsletter.


In this month's newsletter we have;

  • Wood Duck
  • Te Rapunga Update
  • 15% off plans
  • Build Updates
  • Barton - Wincher

If there is anything you would like to see in our future newsletters, discuss, query or order, please contact us via the contact form on our website.

Beautiful, easy to use recreational kayaks - Wood Duck kayaks are designed for just about everyone to enjoy on the water.  With big cockpits and ample stability, the emphasis is on comfort.  But these boats really paddle well!  Speed is excellent:  you can really cover the miles in a day, while tracking is solid in stiff crosswinds. Compact, easy-to-launch boats just seem to get used the most.  In a tenth of the time it takes to launch a heavy boat on a trailer or drag the big canoe down the lawn, you can slide one of these little kayaks into the water and be on your way.  Keep your Wood Duck on top of the car, ready to toss into all the interesting creeks in your county.

The Wood Ducks are among our easiest-to-build kits.  Panels are precision-cut on our computerized equipment, with puzzle-joints and pre-drilled stitching holes for fast and accurate assembly.  Sheathed in fiberglass inside and out, the Wood Duck will withstand real-world abuse on gravel or shell beaches, and will bounce over submerged stumps without harm.


Capacity is ample and meant to accommodate a broad range of paddlers.  Cockpits are 965mm long, for easy in and out, and your legs and knees will not be confined.  The Wood Duck 10 will carry paddlers up to 90kg, and the Wood Duck 12 will easily handle 115kg, plus gear.  Both boats can carry a heavy payload in the fore and aft compartments, enough for picnicking, camping or a whole lot of fishing gear.

Please see the Wood Ducks on our website for further details or to place an order. Otherwise please dont hesitate to get in touch with any questions you have.

The restoration of Te Rapunga continues, you can follow along via the Te Rapunga Instagram page for frequent updates.


Te Rapunga is the foundation for an amazing story about a man, a small boat and the many lives they influenced along the way. You can find more information on George Dibbern, Te Rapunga, and the restoration via our website.


You can also find us via our Denman Marine Instagram and Facebook accounts where you can see many more updates about past and present builds.

All plans and manual packages are 15% off during March. Head over to the Chesapeake Light Craft and Grain Surfboards sections to select your package and use the coupon code 15OFFPLANS during checkout to take advantage of this offer. This offer ends midnight 31/03/2022.

Please note the coupon code is case sensitive (all caps). This offer is valid from 03/03/22 till 31/03/22. Applicable to Chesapeake Light Craft and Grain DIY Sufboard plans and manual packages only. Plans pricing includes shipping within Australia, shipping for New Zealand is tailored to suit individual orders and will be quoted separately.

Trevor's Wood Duck 12

Edward's Skerry

Edward's Skerry

Video of Rob cutting his Eastport Nesting Pram in half

The Barton 'Wincher' - A specially designed rubber moulding which fits over the top of standard winches, converting them to self-tailing.

This simple operation works when the line is sheeted under load, which means the coils climb up the winch drum and then become gripped by the underside of the Wincher's rubber body.

Cleating is achieved by locking the sheet into the Wincher's ribbed central groove.

Barton 'Winchers' are easy to fit and available in four sizes to suit a wide range of popular winches. Full fitting instructions are included.

You can view and order Barton Marine hardware via our website, which includes the Barton Wincher. While there is currently a limited range on our website, we can supply any Barton hardware available and are confident you will find what you need in Barton's extensive catalogue. Please feel free to get in touch and discuss your requirements.

Contact Us


Please feel free to contact us at any time via our contact form to discuss your next boat or project.


Please note, all prices listed above are in Australian Dollars and include GST.

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