Over 40 years ago, boatbuilder Ray Speck drew the lines for the Sid skiff. He was living in Sausalito, California, at the time and admired JAYNE, a skiff owned by the harbormaster, Sid Foster. with Sid's permission, Ray took the lines from the 12′5″ lapstrake skiff, and used those lines to develop a range of skiffs from 13′ to 18′ long.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, located in Port Hadlock, Washington, launched this Nordlund skiff in December last year. Built by instructor Ben Kahn’s 2013 Basic Boatbuilding Class, it is 11′ long, and weighs just over 100 pounds. The skiff is planked with western red cedar and Alaska yellow cedar over sawn frames. Guards and floorboards are Port Orford cedar. The stem and transom are sapele, and the oar pads are black locust.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building builds Flat-Iron skiffs during the first semester of each year-long class. The school accepts commissions for boats from 11′6″ to 16′ long. If the class is building on speculation, the boats are usually 11′6″ or 12′6″ long. The class also builds a pair of spruce or larch oars for each boat.