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This reinforced ash motor mount clamps to gunwales with easy to use phenolic knobs and stainless hardware. Webbing straps with cam buckles for securely lashing a boat to a roof rack or kayak trolley. This is a boat that not only thinks its a twenty footer but manages to convince most other people that she's much bigger than she really is as well. I had planned on using the sports rowing boat Seagull as my getaway boat over the Christmas period but when out on the river with a group of the Traditional Small Craft Society members I was bullied (he offered me money, an unfair tactic) into selling her to a guy who had just rowed the eight miles up and back in a little pram dinghy.
Other considerations were that I wanted to be able to tent her and sleep two on board, she could not be too big for wife Jan or 12 year old daughter Sarina to sail single handed but she still had to accommodate two adults, a twelve and a three in enough comfort to prevent friction between the junior members of the crew, and still be seaworthy enough to cope with my coastal cruising ambitions. Houdini has a high power to weight ratio which makes her fast and nimble, exciting to sail while the wide beam and high freeboard keep her safe if some skippers enthusiasm overtakes caution. My Father died that February, and family considerations shelved Houdini for a while, then a job came along that I could not turn down but which required us to move house down to Rotorua, all of a sudden there were a lot of jobs with urgent tags on them so once again Houdini had to wait. The wait was worthwhile though, she got finished in Gordon Newcombes (Plywood and Marine Supplies, the best plywood shop around) showroom, Derek Hickman made me an excellent sail, and she was eventually launched into the fresh water of Lake Rotoiti. There is nothing unorthodox in the structure and any ordinary handyman (handyperson feels a very clumsy word to me, so sorry ladies, please feel included should I slip up again) could build one of these in short order. In any new boat there is a little of trying something new, Houdini has a lot of this, derived from the American Cape Cod Catboats to a certain degree I wanted to avoid their notoriously difficult downwind handling and tendency to be heavy on the helm so situated the centreboard well forward with a very large skeg and an oversize rudder aft. The sprit boomed standing lugsail rig is a favourite of mine, giving a lot of area for not much money and short spars that stow within the boat when on the trailer. She'd look very cute as a gaff sloop, and would, I have no doubt have a very wide appeal but my feeling is that the extra windage, weight aloft and cost would not be worth the improvement in appearance. This kit is for those who do not wish to spend time cutting the wood and sourcing the materials. The kit is constructed in a slightly different way to the manner described in the DVD; thus to avoid confusion the DVD is not included. This is for potential kit-builders only: it does not help with building the boat from plans because the construction method is not the same.
If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price. I had been asked by an aid organization to design the simplest possible inshore and estuary fishing boat for the people of East Timor, the villagers were dependent upon their boats for their survival, they fish from them, use them as the village truck, ambulance, taxi, hearse and wedding carriage. Construction plywood and builders yard lumber were readily available and were consistent with the skills and tools available, and I chose galvanised steel fastenings and builders polyurethane adhesives which were cheaper than the epoxy and bronze normally used.
Barry built the first few boats under his house, I'd designed a longer and even simpler boat consistent with the Timorese preference for canoes and they were a huge success.
He now lives in East Timor and works with the United Nations Fisheries officer directing a group of locals building new boats as hard as they can go. David Bliss built a prototype of this shorter design which has proven to be everything that we had hoped from her. I have cleaned up the styling a little, and have given her seats and buoyancy tanks consistent with her five person capacity, switched from the cheap and rusty options for the fastenings to stainless steel and have specified marine glues.
She has a narrow flat bottom panel with a very fine entry to reduce wave impact, this planing shoe gives her the ability to plane a heavy load with a relatively small motor. With the ability to launch off a beach, skim along in very shallow water, carry a large load with a small engine, and still cope with the rigours of inshore fishing, this is a versatile and tough little fisherman. 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. With her wide side decks, ample freeboard and high coamings Houdini is a dry boat, her sharp underwater sections make her stable and much faster than many would expect, while the amount of room is just amazing!
As a cruiser she needed plenty of storage space, she needed to be dry and comfortable and also had to be suited to my three year old sons need to scramble around.
She has a single standing lugsail on bamboo spars (the budget was a major consideration!) and a self draining floor which runs from the mast step back to the stem sheets providing a seven foot (2.1 metre) long sleeping space on each side of the centrecase, a big locker under the foredeck and more storage under the sternsheets (the raised seats aft).
The building started off well, she took three weeks of evenings from when I started that Sunday afternoon to get the boat planked up, centreboard case and anchor well in, seats and self draining floor framed and fitted. This had the added benefit of freeing up much of the space in the cockpit improving the accommodation no end and oddly enough the underwater foils being far apart seems to contribute to the boats directional stability which is phenomenal for such a short, fat little boat. These rigs are close winded, easy to handle, have a low centre of effort and are incredibly powerful reaching and running. Perhaps when I get the 5.3 m versions plans done the gaffer will be a more practical alternative. David Nichols himself explains and demonstrates each step from the building of the frame to the sanding of the hull. The method of construction has been slightly changed to make it easier to build from pre-cut panels.
Unlike with most of our kits the constructor will want to make layout changes to suit fishing equipment etc. Boats are their life, and the country needed several thousand of them to help recover from a disastrous war. There were a whole lot of 15HP Yamaha outboards in the United Nations store, so we could use those for power. The chine panels are well veed to ease her motion in a seaway and the topsides are flared enough to keep her dry inside.
One which will take less labour and cash to build than most, and one which will get you out there.
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. One could happily accommodate six or seven adults for an afternoon sail, or four big kids plus a mountain of camping gear for a week away. They will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat but do not provide sufficient information to actually do so. The boat had to be really simple to build, really tough to cope with the constant use and very seaworthy as the boats had to work in all possible conditions.
So successful in fact that I thought she would fit the bill for recreational fishers and duck shooters as well. This shape is a well proven one and ideal for the shot sloppy waves of the lakes and estuarys that she is intended for. 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. 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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