For our 40th anniversary issue of WoodenBoat, we asked the magazine’s founder, Jon Wilson, to specify his current dream boat. He responded with specifications for an amphibious houseboat—one “with a measure of grace and more than a modicum of seaworthiness.” It was a challenging assignment, for the boat had to be liveable both on land and in the water—with ample storage, comfortable seating, and good seakeeping qualities.
George Wolfe and Dan Hamilton built this Gypsy skiff from Dynamite Payson’s book Build the New Instant Boats. He said the plans were very straightforward, and the boat went together easily. He did not expect to spend quite so long sanding to get her mirror finish. They spent 5 years on the construction using 1/4″ marine plywood for her hull, which they covered with epoxy and fiberglass. George used Crabcoat white paint on the finish. George took this picture of his son Dan, and Dan’s children, Aubrey and Kadin. She is powered by a 3-hp outboard.