Skiff Style Wooden
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Hello Uncle John,
Several weeks ago my son, Daniel, and I started to build the SK-12 boat.
I was pleased with the simplicity of the design and we charged along
as though we knew what we were doing. We chose to coat the entire
boat with epoxy before we painted it. The bottom and floor of the
boat were fiber glassed to add durability. I never worked with
fiberglass before and was pleased with how easy it is. My wife
says that I've gone from a duct tape nut to a fiberglass fiend... I keep
looking for new projects with the left-over materials. I took
advantage of my digital camera and software and looked at different
color combinations before we actually painted the boat. This
weekend we launched it and had a wonderful time. It floats and
rows beautifully, even when loaded with two teenagers and an adult.
We received several compliments from other boaters. The
pride of accomplishment alone was worth the effort, the opportunity to
bond with my son is priceless.
Thanks, Larry Henson
After a long spring,
we finally had the chance to test our new sail boat, and it works
great. I changed the design slightly by shortening it to 8 foot long
to fit easily in to my truck. With the change in length, I moved the
center seat proportionally, and made the bow seat longer to run the
The sail was a used sail purchased over
the net in Florida. My daughter loves it.
This boat is handling well with 270 pounds
Thanks for the plans
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San Diego CA
Enclosed are photos of your
skiff. Had fun building it.
Thanks for your help.
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Dear Uncle John -
Here are some photographs of our
boat, May. I gave my husband Barry your rowing skiff
for Christmas and he had her ready for christening in May.
She performs beyond our expectations, and we have spent many
successful hours fishing in Louisiana salt waters with her.
Now Barry is ready to build a pirogue for duck hunting.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
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We finished our Skiff back in September and just now finally got the
photos scanned to a disk so we can send them to you. We built the boat
in our living room in a total building time of two weeks. Everything
went together very nicely. We used epoxy resin with sawdust filler to
glue the scarf joints, which were sanded by hand. The bottom and all
seams were glassed and given two coats of epoxy. The entire boat was
then epoxied, sanded, and the inside painted with clear water-based
polyurethane and the outside with a marine oil-based polyurethane.
Eyebolts were added for tying the boat on the car top. Oarlocks were
positioned and we were ready for our first trip to our favorite fishing
lake. The boat balances very nicely with me rowing, my wife in the stern
seat, and our 6 year old son in the bow seat. He sanded it himself prior
to painting. Our Skiff sits on sawhorses now, waiting for Spring and the
hungry trout of our local lakes. Thanks Uncle John for the great design.
Here are a couple of pics of our version of your Skiff Kit.
John of Marysville,
My son, Will, and I built one of your skiffs and have been using it
for several months now. I wanted to let you know that we are
enjoying it very much and that it has lasted through some heavy
usage just fine. The boat is light enough for two of us to
load on top of the car, for which we have developed a quick tie-down
system. In the water we use a trolling motor mounted off
center on the stern for more sitting room. The boat also
rows very well. About the only maintenance have had do is to
repaint the bottom runners where they scrape on the launching ramps.
We get out as often as we can, catch a lot of fish and have a lot of
fun in the boat.
Here is a good
picture showing my son Will and a nice bass. It is a good shot
of the boat too, which we are really using a lot. I have added a
couple of things: a yardstick on the inside of the starboard gunnel
for measuring fish: the one in the picture was 19.5 inches, and a
holder for a light we used on our one night time outing. Next
will be a cleat to hold an anchor line.
again for the great design. It works good.
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