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.
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.
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.
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.)