15′ skiff DIABLO by Phil Bolger and taken from a Dynamite Payson book. I enjoyed this project. It was my first boat build. I tested with the outboard shown but will probably remove it. I modified the rear seat with a center seat, and added a bow seat. I took it out in San Diego bay. There was a slight chop so she bounced a bit. I like the way she corners. I am impressed with Phil Bolger’s designs and the tack-and-tape techniques. The inside finish is an epoxy texture coat. The hull paint color selection was largely influenced by a picture of a double-chine skiff I saw in WoodenBoat magazine. 20-hp is the maximum reccomended horsepower to use, but I went with it because it is what I had on hand, and because I think the custom rear seat framing helps distribute the forces. She is a “dry” boat. The spray rails and bow flair keep the spray diverted away.

Design Specs

Designer Name: 
Phil Bolger
Skiff / row or 20-hp outboard
Builder Name: 
Ken Sells
Home Port: 
San Diego
Launching Date: 
March 23, 2013