Steve Redmond's Whisp design provided the inspiration for Joe McAuliffe's KINGFISHER rowing skiff. Joe's design simplified construction in several ways, including using one plank per side rather than the three used for Whisp's lapstrake design and in having a straight fore edge rather than an outward-convex one on the inner stem. He also increased the beam by 2." Neighborhood trees provided wood for some key elements: the outer stem was made from a Siberian elm and the quarter knees were made from an Aleppo pine's natural knees.
David Schmidt and Michael Crisell built this 15'7" sharpie skiff, designed by Steve Redmond, under the watchful eye of James Younes in his boat shop in Suquamish, WA. They used okoume plywood, mahogany, and Western red cedar. Launched on October 24, 2002, they use the boat on the waters of Puget Sound, WA.