A 13ft 6in by 5ft 8in skiff re-drawn for modern plywood
and epoxy resin construction
Craig O'Donnell sent me a collection of jpegs of an old skiff design drawn by Edwin
Schock some time ago, which made me think that I should draw up a ply-and-epoxy version of
the plans and make them freely available via my Web pages. Here they are - many of the key
dimensions have been included in the files, but any others can easily be obtained using a
free and easily obtainable CAD package - check my software pages for details of how to
If you wish to build this simple and rather traditional flattie, I think it is
essential to make a model before you start; both the model and the boat will be straighter
and truer if they are built using a strongback, as shown in the drawings.
Unless you are absolutely confident you know how to proceed, I would also strongly
suggest that you buy a basic text on boatbuilding. There are many around, but one that
seems particularly suited to the task of building this boat would be Reuel Parker's 'The
Sharpie Book'. This gives good advice on materials and techniques, and comes from someone
who really knows his subject.
Scantling-wise, I think that 3/8in waterproof ply sides and a half inch waterproof ply
bottom will serve well. However the nesting is done, there should be plenty of half-inch
material left over for making seats etc.
This is what the hull looks like:
This is the strongback:
The zip file contains a large gif showing how to cut out the sides, and also giving a
suggestion for how the bottom might be nested.
Here are the all-important bulkheads, together with construction details. I have not
included the gunwales in this illustration - you'll have to imagine them!
As drawn, the bulkheads are suitable for rowing or using a small outboard. However,
either a set of solid bulkheads enclosing built-in bouyancy or a set of bouyancy bags will
be required for a sailing version.
Finally, here's a sailplan I developed following a suggestion