A rugged flat-bottom skiffs for row or power
It takes only a little time, money, and effort to build one of these rugged - yet simple - flat bottom skiffs. Every model includes details for TWO bottom profile shapes. Use the ROW OPTION with rockered bottom profile if you favor easy rowing or smaller motors and lower speeds under power. Or use the POWER OPTION with straight, flat bottom aft if you’ll be rowing less or want more speed and power.
Three nominal lengths and bottom widths are available. NB models can be car-topped, carried in many station wagons or pick-up trucks, and are easier to row. SB models offer a good balance of easy rowing or powering, spaciousness, and stability. WB models offer the ultimate in room, stability, and speed under power, yet are still practical to row.
All models show built-in buoyancy chambers (3) and optional aft thwart (if omitted, the aft buoyancy chambers form side seats instead). All models feature low-resistance straight-steering, dry-running hull shapes of ample depth for security. Yet the nicely flared topsides with fine dory-type V-bow entries slice through a chop with little loss of headway in a breeze.
Plans include instructions with material listings and fastening schedule. Simple joining methods detailed on the plans allow you to use 8' plywood throughout with either exterior or marine grade panels (full-length panels are optional). Construction takes place over three temporary forms set up on a simple building base for accuracy. The few internal members can largely be pre-beveled to eliminate most fairing. Only minimal power hand tools are required (saber saw, variable-speed drill), plus some hand tools so that anyone can do it, even first-timers!
Plans include FULL-SIZE PATTERNS for temporary frames, transom, and stem, instructions, matieral listings, and fastening schedule.
- Power or row option hull forms with each plan set
- No boatbuilding experience required
- Instructions especially for do-it-yourself builders
- No lofting or layouts required
- Frame-free structure - strong, simple, lightweight
- Quick, easy, & accurate building method
- Wide selection of sizes