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We have grown beyond our initial website, so are transitioning to our new site where you will find more photos, more information, and secure online ordering complete with shipping quotes. It is our hope that you will take the time to check it out, and let us know what you think.

Note:We are well aware that artifacts from our original sites can be found online, and some of those pages are years old and seriously out of date. For current imformation and pricing just click on over to .


If you're interested in traditionally designed lapstrake boats, you've come to the right place. And if you look a little further, you'll find a selection of hand carved decoys as well.


.Duck Trap Woodworking
......Traditional boats, plans, and tools.

Ducktrap Launch

This is End Game, our 17' Ducktrap Launch, designed in 2015 and built here over the Winter of 2015-2016. There is lots more information on her over on our new site.

Christmas Wherry

This is Guillemot, and her builder writes:

“My Christmas Wherry is absolutely ideal for the area I live in. She sails with the slightest breeze and is quite fast, very shallow draught makes her ideal for Samphire picking (a local delicacy!). She still turns heads and is an absolute delight, although you have to watch the gybes – I try to tack instead! – I couldn’t have picked a better design, thank you.

Bob Panrucker

Previous home page designs:

Plans, book, and CD for the Alli8

Looking for Esmeralda?

Click here.

Wonder where the Trap Skiff went? Never fear, she didn't go far.



Duck Trap Press
......Books from W. J. Simmons


Another lovely Duck Trap Wherry.

Her owner/builder writes:


Other photos on the Duck Trap Wherry page.

Duck Trap Decoys

What have we been up to lately? We've been making decoys for seabird restoration projects here and abroad–lots of decoys as this photo of Forster's Terns will attest...

300 terns

We also do Sooty Terns as well as Common, Arctic, Sandwich, and Least Terns.
Our Sooty Terns went to the South Pacific,
and our Sandwich Terns went to the UK.



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Black Duck

We do a lot of slicks–smooth bodied decoys like this guy with details painted. This lifesize black duck is one example of a competition grade floater. He's cedar bodied, hollowed out, and ballasted to ride right on the water. Here's another look at the detailing...

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About Us...

We've been in business here in Lincolnville Beach, Maine, since 1970.

On the map you'll find us on the shore of Penobscot Bay
about midway between Portland and Mt. Desert Island
...and in case you wondered, our company name derives from
the original name for this town.
Today, Duck Trap Village is situated within the
Town of Lincolnville.

We're primarily boatbuilders, but these days devote most of our time
to helping others build their own boats.
It's not an exaggeration to say that our plans come with free email and phone support.

If you want to contact us, click here for email.



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