...Skiffs...

These are the utility vehicles of the marine world. Whether they are tied up to the town float or pulled up in the reeds at a pond, these little guys are inexpensive to build and just plain handy to have. We offer 4 skiffs and a punt: the Dory Skiff, the Maine Skiff, the Lobsterman's Skiff, the 12' Harbor Skiff, and the Lumberyard Punt.

Tip... If you are new to boatbuilding you'll want to take a close look at our Littlest Boats CD, because it shows how a skiff is set up and planked–photos make a big difference.

And we are working on another one right now on the Harbor Skiff.

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Dory Skiff

Hull Dimensions: LOA=9'-0" Beam=3'-10" Depth Amidships=1'-4" Wt=70 lbs
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This is not a typical skiff. Inslead of being flat sided, this one is actually round sided. She's a pretty little thing, but more work to build than a usual skiff because her planks have to be sawn to shape. That's not a big deal, but it does involve additional work. Better allow 80 hours building time.
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9'-0" Dory Skiff Plans.............................................................US$30.00
Building the 9'-7" Maine Skiff book with Dory Skiff plans........45.00
The Littlest Boats CD......................................................................25.00



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Maine Skiff

Hull Dimensions: LOA=9'-7" Beam=4'-0" Depth Amidships=1'-3 " Wt=65 lbs
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This is a Maine Skiff being built by a couple of teenagers. Construction is basic and requires a minimum of tools and materials.The single page plan details all scantlings, as you would expect, and the whole process is fully described in our book, Building the Maine Skiff
...and shown in pictures on our Littlest Boats CD. We don't want to mislead you, though. Since the one on the CD is a bed, it won't show you how to install the seat or the oarlocks. It does a very good job, however, of showing you how to set up and plank her, and how to install the rails.
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This is strictly a rowing boat for general use, and she could be powered with an electric kicker or a very light outboard. You wouldn't want a lot of weight hanging on her stern, when it really isn't necessary. Building time is about 40 hours..in fact, the instruction book is arranged into 40 sections each requiring about an hour's time.

9'-7" Maine Skiff Plans.....................................US$25.00
Building the 9'-7" Maine Skiff with plans.............40.00
Littlest Boats CD......................................................25.00
Lofting........................................................................75.00



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Lobsterman's Skiff

Hull Dimensions: LOA=9'-6" Beam=4'-6" Depth Amidships=1'-2 " Wt=68 lbs
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The Lobsterman's Skiff is a variant of the Maine Skiff, designed to carry more of a load. She also has an optional sail plan that includes a sprit rig and a leeboard. Professional building time about 50 hours.
9'-6" Lobsterman's Skiff Plans................................................US$25.00
Building the 9'-7" Maine Skiff book with Lob. Skiff plans..........40.00
Littlest Boats CD...............................................................................25.00



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Lumberyard Punt

Hull Dimensions: LOA=8'-0" Beam=4'-4" Depth Amidships=1'-4 " Wt=65 lbs
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A number of years ago we were asked to design a quick 'n dirty tender for use on the shores of Puget Sound. Because it was to take a daily beating on shingle beaches, it had to be cheap enough to be expendable...that meant easy to build with readily available materials. Hence her name. Everything in her can be purchased at your local lumberyard...or Home Depot if you really want to get exotic. Building time is 30 hours or less.
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Lumberyard Punt Plans....................................US$25.00
Lumberyard Punt Lofting..................................US$75.00
(Note: This is a fully annotated plan showing all construction details full size
and includes a lumber and fastening list.)

Sorry...our punt photos have gone missing.
As soon as our schedule permits we'll nail up a new one and take some photos.
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Harbor Skiff

Hull dimensions: LOA = 12'-0" Beam = 5'-0" Depth Amidships = 1'-3" Wt = 85lbs
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he Harbor Skiff is considerably larger than the others on this page. In fact, she's 12' long with a 5' beam, and complete with floatation chambers. She's a pretty thing with her round sides, much like our Dory Skiff. This particular one doesn't have floatation chambers, but when they are wanted, they go under the fore and aft seats.

Harbor Skiff

The plan consists of a single page...only it's about 14' long and 3' wide, because she has been drawn full size and all construction details are included. That means there is no lofting required so you can get right to the building.

Harbor Skiff

Lofted Harbor Skiff Plan..................................US$85.00
Book: Building the Harbor Skiff (color)...............$45.00
Same book in black and white..............................................$30.00
Building the Harbor Skiff on CD ..........................................$25.00

Full size Harbor Skiff plank patterns..................................$25.00
Plans for a planked 1" scale model.......................................$25.00
(both are detailed on our New Stuff page)

Info on Building the Harbor Skiff book & CD


Background image: a skiff rides at a mooring at Lincolnville Beach, Maine,on a typical January morning. That's not fog, it's Artic Seasmoke. The temperature was about -10 (-23C) when the photo was taken.
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Contact us by email or by phone at 207-789-5363

If you prefer mail, our address is:
Duck Trap Woodworking P.O.Box 88 Lincolnville Beach, ME 04849

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