The Skiff Ambivalence

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Project by WispWoods posted 01-13-2009 01:33 AM 2453 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little flatbottomed skiff is almost as fun to row as it was to build, and that is how it got its name.

I learned, throught this boat and the experience of building it, the following things:

You can do anything, especially if you don’t know any better

I am not a boat designer.

It pays to follow directions.

There is very little in the world that compares with the satisfaction of cruising along is a boat that you built.

For $200 USD, it is a worthwhile project. That includes the cost of the materials to make the oars.

Give it a try, it will put a smile on your face!

-- - You begin thinking less, and feeling more.

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Tom Goodman

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#1 posted 01-13-2009 02:08 AM

Great job and just the right size. I have often thought about building me one. I am going to have to look for some plans of my own. Where do I find the plans for this particular one ?

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA. [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-13-2009 02:15 AM

She’s a beaut Captain! and certainly worth it to get an appreciative running mate like that, eh!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 01-13-2009 02:43 AM

I made my plans by combining a Joel White design from 10 wooden boats you can build and an internet article about building a cheap and dirty boat.

For 10 Wooden Boats

-- - You begin thinking less, and feeling more.

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#4 posted 01-13-2009 04:55 AM

Is she tippy? Looks really fun. Would you take a non-swimmer out in it?

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 01-13-2009 06:13 AM

Oh yeah, she is tippy! That is the biggest lesson from my re-design. I wanted larger sides, so I extened them by more than a few inches thinking, it will just give me more room above the original sheer line. WRONG! The bottom is so narrow, that if you don’t stand EXACTLY in the middle, you are going for a ride, or a swim rather.

I trust it to carry a load, and that would include non-swimmers, but I would instruct them to stay in the middle, and wouldn’t go real deep, which isn’t typically a problem in the small SD lakes I venture into.

-- - You begin thinking less, and feeling more.

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#6 posted 01-13-2009 06:36 AM

Sure, you’re lucky to have to skiff…but it’s the girl that’s the real prize…a great accomplishment on both accounts. Great women always know talent…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#7 posted 01-14-2009 11:42 PM

nice job

-- With God's help all things are possible- even woodworking

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#8 posted 08-25-2010 05:55 AM

I hope you had personal flotation devices with you.

-- Less is More.....expensive

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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 08-27-2010 05:44 AM

Great looking boat.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 08-27-2010 06:01 AM

Kudos 2 u

if only there were more like you

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

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#11 posted 08-28-2010 06:42 PM

Thanks all for your kind comments. She is a lovely boat and is holding up well throughout the years. I highly recommend building small boats as a minor investment which returns maximum fun!

-- - You begin thinking less, and feeling more.

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