Unfortunately my circumstances have changed and I will probably need to move house in june.
This is just thinking aloud, and probably a bad idea, but I'm trying to make the best of a bad situation.
Skiffs of this size were probably used mostly in sheltered creeks, rivers, etc for crabbing, not in the open bay. An alternative, easy to build boat would be one of the FAO designs intended to be built inexpensively and easily by fisherman in less developed areas.
In short, the boats weren't designed as a platform for retrieving heavy crab pots from the bottom. Area (4 miles noth of oban)is sheltered from waves, none over 2'6'' but winds are changeable and gusty due to mountains and valleys. The other thing to keep in mind is that Hylan's design is a recreational *adaptation* of a traditional workboat type.
When a good designer adapts a workboat for recreation, he or she will usually alter the characteristics of the design, given that the demands and needs of a recreational user are not the same as those of a working waterman. Among small boat enthusiasts the Yorkshire Coble is legendary for its seaworthiness and unique styling. Based on traditional crabbing skiff documentation by Howard Chapelle, this has proven to be a fast and stable boat that can carry a real load. LITTLE CRAB is a foot shorter than Bill’s boat, but it will still be a capacious tender for a larger yacht. As a sailing boat, LITTLE CRAB will make a fine weekend camp cruiser, with room for a couple of sleeping bags when the mid-ships slip thwart is removed.
The boat is intended to be built upside down over widely spaced molds set up on a ladder frame. LITTLE CRAB will make a fine father & son project (no slight intended, ladies), but take a piece of advice from an old dad – even a small boat takes time, and kids grow up fast. Location: Arlington, WA-USA there are lots of plans available, and lots of designers willing to design something for you. Originally Posted by Petros there are lots of plans available, and lots of designers willing to design something for you. Location: WNY Carolina Dory Plans Here is a link to some Carolina dory plans that another member is building. They are a relatively inexpensive plan and I think the designer is available if you have questions.
Originally Posted by LP Here is a link to some Carolina dory plans that another member is building. Originally Posted by Rapp Thanks I ended up going with him,I friended him on facebook and after going back and forth he's going to design a 16 ft version of the boat,I'm very excited and looking forward to building my first boat,and glad I found this forum,as I'm sure even as an experienced woodworker I'll have many questions.Appreciate the input !! When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. The flat bottom maximises initial stability for casting or working traps, while making the hull extremely easy to build and easy to drive.


The Peeler Skiff's displacement is about 1300 pounds, giving it a maximum payload of about 1000 pounds (450 kg), including people, motor, fuel, battery and gear. The kit is intricately thought out, with all kinds of slot-together refinements for quick building.
Kit builders assemble the computer-cut sides and bottom with puzzle joints, stitch the hull together, drop bulkheads into slots cut by the computer, then apply layers of epoxy and fibreglass for stiffness. The centre console option provides a place to mount a steering wheel, throttle and other controls in the Peeler Skiff. The result of several prototypes and careful ergonomic study, this centre console is sleek, strong and neatly integrated into the Peeler Skiff's interior layout. Designed as a retrofit package to be added to an existing Peeler Skiff, the centre console may also be incorporated from the beginning during hull assembly. The plans include full-size drawings for every part in the boat and detailed instructions on shopping for materials and fabricating parts. This manual does not contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this manual.
After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form. When you have studied the plans, your next step might be to order the printed instruction manual, which will walk you through the project step-by-step. To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. Developed for launching off steep shingle surf beaches and fishing along the iron bound shores of England's North East coast, these open boats are among the worlds most able small craft.
Although the ones I have seen working had a large roller, like bicycle wheel size roller attached to the gunwale.
While primarily a sailing skiff, she is reasonably handy under oars and easily driven with a tiny outboard.
Bill Page, boatbuilder and traditional marine hardware tycoon, asked for a 14′ version to use as a tender for his new power cruiser.
She will row and tow reasonable well, and will provide reassuring stability when getting aboard.
She would also make a great boat for young adventurers; light and shallow enough to be pushed off the beach (or that unseen shallow spot), simple and moderately sized rig, rewarding rowing, and good stability. With monumental stability and a big, open interior, it's just the thing for crabbing, fishing, exploring, or just knocking around.
A 15 HP motor yielded 23 knots on the GPS in flat water, but that's not a great use for the Peeler. It could certainly be driven by sail power, but it is optimised for an outboard motor and we won't be offering any plans or instructions for adding a sailing rig. Flat-bottomed power skiffs go back a hundred years and they will always bring you home if the skipper exercises proper seamanship.
The two prototypes led to a thickened bottom to eliminate flex at 15 HP and to improve handling in chop.


Foam-filled flotation tanks fore and aft are part of the hull structure and provide over 1200 lb of positive flotation. The front of the console provides a passenger seat with a large storage compartment beneath a hinged lid. It's built with the same 9 mm okoume marine plywood, stitched-and-glued together with epoxy and sheathed in fibreglass.
Peeler builders working from a kit may have enough epoxy left to complete the centre console, but might need to order additional epoxy. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the build and also a step by step guide to construction. The plans and manual contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit.
The plan was to build that boat and use it for small scale semi-comericial crab and lobster fishing mainly for the fun of it, perhaps 25-30 pots. He wanted a skiff with lots of stability that would be primarily powered by an electric trolling motor, but I was surprised by how well this boat rowed. While the stitch and glue method is conceptually simple and unintimidating, it can produce inexact hull shapes, and in my experience, it is no faster and far less pleasurable than my method. We found that the Peeler Skiff can be kept on a plane in the typical wind chop found in the lakes, bays, and rivers that are its natural habitat. Other minor tweaks included the addition of spray rails aft and the extension of bottom skids further forward. From plans, it's just 9 sheets of plywood, give or take, a bit of timber for the rails, and a roll of fibreglass.
It is secured permanently to the hull with epoxy fillets and fibreglass, contributing noticeably to the overall stiffness of the hull.
Any time saved in avoiding temporary molds and wooden stems and chines is more than taken up in shmooing and sanding epoxy and fiberglass.
If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price. In the end, you will take more pride in having learned to shape a piece of wood than you will in the muscles you’ve built sanding epoxy fillets. Also, the addition of broken inwales will require a little bit more woodworking skill – but we think it's worth it.
The Peeler Skiff is within reach of a first-time boatbuilder who has a little bit of experience with epoxy and with woodworking.




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