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A small wooden skiff. V bottom, 15’ x 4’. A fast little rower and a right down respectable sailer. I have since added a centerboard and rudder and a small sprit rig. I’ve had many a fun outing in this little boat. It actually is wood underneath all the paint. It is made from BS1088 meranti plywood and fiberglass and epoxy covered. It has doug fir gnwales and trim around the thwarts/box seating/air chambers. All 316 stainless hardware that I polished. Bronze fasteners, what few of them there are. I hope to get started on another, more involved build of a larger skiff soon or maybe an Adirondak Guideboat.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#1 posted 11-08-2011 03:01 AM

oh my I hope to get to this level one day. most impressive.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 03:10 AM

THAT is a piece of beauty! Love the bow shape. I bet it does row quickly.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#4 posted 11-08-2011 03:21 AM

I absolutely love small wooden boats, this is no exception. She’s beautiful.

What a fun project.

You say she sails nicely, does that mean there is a mast I missed ?

What a great way to spend some time

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 03:29 AM

beautiful work. very elegant and looks very light on the water and on the eye – love that.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 03:45 AM

Wonderful job! Have you been able to put as many hours IN the boat as you spent ON the boat?

Not that you need to, building can be as much fun as sailing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-08-2011 04:23 AM

I love that boat !
Great looks and build and would love to spend time on the lake in it ,
nothing like relaxing and day dreaming !


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 11-08-2011 04:43 AM

Don’t know much about boats but that looks dreamy. The wood grain on the transom? does it for me.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 11-08-2011 05:27 AM

Very nice indeed!

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#10 posted 11-08-2011 05:28 AM

great job on a great project!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#11 posted 11-08-2011 05:53 AM

Beautiful boat. Good build. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-08-2011 06:03 AM

Positively gorgeous. A small sail boat is on my bucket list—yours is one to inspire!

-- --bch

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#13 posted 11-08-2011 07:13 AM

To all, Thanks very much for the kind words. I did recently add the centerboard and rudder and associated sailing bits to turn her into a row/sail boat but believe it or not, I don’t have any pics of her with any of that,including the sitka spruce mast. I had quite a few on my old computer which friggin crashed about a month ago. I lost many, many pics because I am too lazy to make any sort of backup. Maybe one day I’ll learn. :( She has been put into storage for the winter but when I bring her out next spring for some beautification, I’ll take some pics of the sailing version.
sras, you’re right, building, in my opinion as well, is as much fun as sailing or rowing her. I have spent many hours in her with my wife and daughters. We have a camp by Summersville Lake and have taken her with us everytime since her completion.
I honestly believe that everyone should have a boat. Any kind of boat, some kind of boat. They are so much fun and from what I have seen on here, you folks would build some beautiful boats.
I have a rather sizeable pile of materials in my shop right now just waiting to be transformed into a boat. I have a few sets of plans to choose from and as soon as I finish with my bedroom I plan to make a final decision as to which one it will be.
Again, thanks for all of the compliments. I’m glad you all enjoyed my little boat. I know that there is at least one more boatbuilder on here and I figure that there are a few more lurking.
My advice, if you want to build a boat, go for it. If I can do it you can do it too. I actually find it harder to build furniture than I do to build a boat. The kinds of boats I build anyway.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#14 posted 11-08-2011 09:06 AM

You have found your new calling…”Build Boats Bill”.

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#15 posted 11-08-2011 11:15 AM

A real beauty! Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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