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Swift Skiff SUP

This turned out to be one of the most satisfying little projects!  With a contract to design a couple of touring and fishing stand-up paddle boards for a customer in Florida, Mother’s Day right around the corner, and my wife away for a couple of weeks, I took this opportunity to build the first prototype before sending the kits to the customer.  

All of the plywood parts were cut on a CNC router and fit perfectly together.  

Every step of the way seemed to only take an hour or so before moving onto the next step.  This was perfect for working in the evenings before dinner or after the kids were in bed.  The interior structure and the plywood skins went together quickly and soon we had a board.  

I got the kids involved with as much as possible.  They really enjoyed picking out the decorative fabric and helping to create the turtle artwork.  

With just a few days before Mother’s Day, the paint and prep work finally began.  It was hard to convince our 5 year old that we couldn’t just paint the whole thing pink!

In the end, it was a nice surprise and she really loved it. 

We were quite happy with the performance of the board.  It is stable, paddles fast, and cuts through small chop.  I was also pleased that it only weighed 32.5 lbs. with all of that decoration, a mere 1/2 lb. lighter than calculated. 

We have two models available; a 12′ version and a 13′ version.  The shapes are the same but the 13 footer has much more capacity for carrying gear like a cooler, fish box, rods, etc. 

For more info, please see the Swift Skiff SUP page. 

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Island Trail 22 – Sea Trials

I had the great pleasure to join George Blackford, the builder of the Island Trail 22, for a couple of days of sea trials.  The weather was perfect (albeit warm for this Northerner) for the start of trials: sunny skies, flat water, and consistent wind. Continue reading

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Fish Stories

Some stories you just can’t make up!  We just got this report from Jason Corsini of Quiet Waters Boatworks:
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Hill 16 At The Maryland Boatbuilders Show

If you are looking for something to do on the Eastern Shore of Maryland this weekend, check out the Maryland Boatbuilders and Dealer Expo in Cambridge.  Quiet Waters Boatworks will be displaying their beautiful example of our Hill 16 design.  

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The Hill 16 – First Sea Trials

Probably the most anticipated (and anxious) moment for any boatbuilder or designer during the construction process is the first launch.  Does she sit on her lines?  Does she look good in her natural environment?  These are only a couple of the loaded questions that are answered at that exact moment. Continue reading

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Impromptu Photo Shoot

At a recent visit to Quiet Waters Boatworks, we dragged Mike from Mike Phillips Photography along to get a few good shots of The Hill 16 construction.  This was no easy task as it was a small space with poor lighting and cedar dust floating in the air!  It turned out great and it was a lot of fun.  Hopefully in a few months we can drag Mike back down to Annapolis for some launch pictures when the The Hill 16 is completed. 

The goal of the shoot was to capture the boat at this raw stage where you can begin to see everything coming together to form the curvaceous hull. 

Besides my ugly mug in the shot, let me know what you think! 

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L’Arche Sea Trials

Anybody for some dinghy sailing?  Getting close to the finish of our L’Arche dinghy build, it was time for some sea trials! 
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Island Trail 22 design published in Woodenboat Magazine

Our Island Trail 22 design was acknowledged as a notable entrant in the 2011 Woodenboat/Professional Boatbuilder magazines international design competition!   Continue reading

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Welcome to Cerny Yacht Design

The launch of our new website,, is finally here!  It has taken eight months, but with the help of Smart Solutions of Annapolis, we are very excited about the final product. 

You will find our full portfolio of designs ranging from an 11′ foam core electric dinghy to a 50′ contemporary powerboat including our collection of Stock Plans that will soon be available for purchase to build your own boat.  Additionally, we will be maintaining The Nav Station Blog where you will be kept updated about our Boats Under Construction and designs that we are currently working on in the Drafting Table.  In the section, Observations of a Boat Nut, you can read all sorts of articles about interesting boat-related events, museums, discussions of boats of the world, and other interesting topics. 

Check it out, stop back often, and while you’re here, let us know what you think in the comment sections. 

See you on the water,

Kurt Cerny

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