Ben Garveys

Here are a pair of boats that will feel right at home on the working waterfront. Both boats would make fine boatyard skiffs or small harbor ferries. Both would be fine for a little recreational fishing or getting around the lake on summer vacation.Garveys originated as shallow draft, burdensome, and very easily built boats for working the shallow bays and estuaries of the Jersey Shore. The advent of the internal combustion engine, and later, the outboard motor, ensured their survival since the hull form is actually much better suited to mechanical power than to the sailing rigs of the early boats. Doug Hylan has refined the BEN garveys a bit from their original form. They show a strong sheer and more rake to the bow transom for good looks, the buttock lines aft have been straightened out for planing speeds, and the construction is updated to make use of plywood and epoxy adhesives.See website.

Design Specs

Doug Hylan
Year of Design: 
Ben: 15'9" -- Big Ben: 19'0"
Ben: 5'7" -- Big Ben: 6'11"
Ben: 5" -- Big Ben: 7"
Ben: up to 40hp -- Big Ben: up to 85hp
Skill Level to Build: 
beginner to intermediate
$75 plus S&H
Contact Information: 

53 Benjamin River Drive

Brooklin ME 4616 Phone: 207-359-9807