My first attempt at building anything out of wood was what I call the Drift Boat Skiff. The Drift Boat Skiff is plans built from the book, “THE WEEK END SKIFF” BY Richard Butz and John Montague. The Drift Boat Skiff has several modifications in seating, transom width, and oar lock placements, all to make it more “friendly” when negotiating the tight, shallow, and fast Michigan trout streams. It can be rowed from each of the 3 seats, the backs of which snap off and can face either direction. It can also be paddled, a necessity to get past downed trees and rocks on a tight river.
This A.R. True 14 foot LOA sailing skiff/dory was rescued from decades forgotten in a barn in 2010 and spent the next four years being stripped, refastened, and recaulked. The lower half of the transom was also replaced. Both of the cotton sails and the mast and boom are original. Seabiscuit (named, tongue-in-cheek, after the racehorse who also had an inauspicious start) now sails on the lakes of southern New Hampshire. Its owner, Mike Wozmak, can be contacted at email@example.com if you have any information about the date or lineage of this boat.
I was having difficulty getting out of my SOT kayak and needed a small skiff to row around the lake near my house. I wanted something I could put in the back of my S10 pickup, so I chose the Hannu 10 1/2 foot skiff. I have always liked the looks of cedar wood so decided to make all seats decking and rub rails of cedar. Seats and decking OK rub rails need to be of harder wood, But the boat does look good in the water. The high sides compared to the kayak are a breeze.
This is a relaunching of my rowing skiff. Brass plate on transom states: John D. Little Builder Old Lyme, Ct.
After researching, I believe him to be the same John D Little who moved from Connecticut to Maine and became somewhat famous for building catboats. If you publish the pictures, would you please indicate that I am interested in learning more about John D Little, particularly about his days in Connecticut, and would appreciate e-mails from readers at Brucelighty@aol.com.
A Classic Gulf Stream fishing boat designed to be lightweight, and to take a following sea better than it’s Dory predecessors. The hull lines were from plans*, with some modifications to the interior. A laminated tow-rail and, fold-down seating in the cockpit among them. Materials are Hydro-Tech marine plywood (scrafed planks), Sapele Mahogany framing and trim, with clear Douglas Fir keel and stem.
*(Dave Carnell’s plans for the Simmons Sea Skiff 18 are available from the Cape Fear Museum.)
These two boats were built at Boston Family Boat Building by 5th graders from the Boston Public Schools during the 2011/12 school year. We relaunched them on April 10 for the Boston Tea Party Ship Museum. They will use them as work boats to maintain the ships at the museum. The student boat builders are so proud to see them on the dock at the museum as we drive by every day on our way to and from the BFBB boat shop at the Fan Pier on Boston Harbor.
15 ft skiff designed by Phil Bolger and taken from Dynamite Payson's Instant Boats book. It was an enjoyable first boat project. I added an center rear seat and a bow seat. I launched her into San Diego Bay. There was a slight chop so she bounced a bit, but there really was very little weight in the boat. She has a very shallow draft. She is a dry boat and corners well. I am impressed with Phil Bolger designs and the tack and tape techniques.
When Jim Underwood of Yorktown, Virginia, started working on the glued-lap York River 12 skiff WE THREE, she had been lying upside down on the ground for several years. Consequently, she had a lot of rot on the top of her transom and stem (see picture at bottom). Her owner was ready to burn her, but Jim thought he could help. He removed the old transom and replaced it with a new laminated one, that he covered with epoxy. He also rebuilt the stem head and covered that with epoxy. Last, he sanded the whole boat down and gave her a new finish.
Steven Toedter used no plans to build this skiff for his 8-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Her instructions were to build it "strong." Constructed of Philippine mahogany plywood on clear Douglas fir frames, the boat is 7' LOA with a 3' beam. Caitlin will use NICOLE on the ponds and bayous around Houston, Texas. She was launched on August 1, 2001.