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Newfoundland Trap Skiff

The lines for these plans came from a 100-year-old builders' model. This is a clipper version of a working Trap Skiff with lapstrake planking and steamed frames, making her ideally suited to recreational use without compromising her seakeeping abilities.

Hull Dimensions:
LOA=19'-3" Beam=5'-2" Depth Amidships=1'-9"
Wt=450-600 lbs., depending on materials
and whether she's decked or open.

Click here to see the newest NTS, Mercedita.

Newfoundland Trap Skiff "Arundel"
The largest of the wherries, with her balanced ketch rig she is a superb sailer (plan for the alternate sloop rig is included). She can be built simply and left open, or fancy with mahogany deck and oval cockpit. She is one of the loveliest small craft ever designed. The plans consist of lines and offsets, construction plan and 2 sail plans.

Believe it or not, several of these have been built as "first boats" by folks who characterized themselves as novices! From the photos we've seen, they did beautiful work. Don't think you can build one? Others have.

Tip...Where the NTS is the most challenging of our boats to build, the CD provides a great preview of the building, should you want to assess the boat prior to investing in the plans or the lofting.

This is a very versatile design, with four different sail arrangements. We have built them as small as 18' overall. They can even be powered with a small inboard diesel or even a motor well for use with an outboard. The same plans could be used to build one as long as 24 feet simply by increasing the distance between stations proportionally.

These plans are drawn for traditional construction...cedar over oak lapstrake planking, copper and bronze fastened. But the very same plans can be used if you prefer the glued lapstrake construction method. The lines are the same. The only real differences are the planking material (we used 9mm Okoume marine ply) and the absence of steamed ribs--though some type of bracing is necessary to counter the strain the sail rig imposes on the hull.

FYI...This photo is of a glued lap Newfoundland Trap Skiff built here at Duck Trap and launched in August 2002.

She is built open as you can see, and features sawn frames, much like the original working boats.

"Thank You", launched August '02

Her Load-Rite trailer (once modified) is ideal for this design.

Like this shot?
This is one of the Trap Skiff photos available as a
free download to use for wallpaper on your monitor.

19'-3" Newfoundland Trap Skiff Plans...................................US$75.00
19'-10" Newfoundland Trap Skiff Lofting...................................125.00
Additional Sail Plan (drifter & storms).........................................12.00

Newfoundland Trap Skiff CD.........................................................25.00
The Newfoundland Trap Skiff (printed in full color).................65.00
The Newfoundland Trap Skiff (printed in b&w)..........................35.00

Lofting price includes delivery in the lower 48 states.

How to Order

Like the lines, but not quite up to tackling a boatbuilding project this size?
Then you'll want to take a look at our
Christmas Wherry.

>>>>Compare all 5 of our wherries<<<<

We've been told that our comparison chart is very helpful
If you are interested in learning considerably more about wherries
then you will want to take a look at the definitive book on the subject of


In 2004 we introduced our Boatbuilding in Pictures CDs.
We took better than 200 detail shots while were building the Trap Skiff shown just above,
and took even more of the Rhodes Wherry and the Duck Trap Wherry.

Check out the Trap Skiff CD.

Mercedita in the shop

Meet Mercedita. This shot was taken in our shop just before her final varnish was applied, and the shot below was taken as her rig was being checked...


How about another look at her under sail...

For those who don't know, her original set of white Dacron sails were stolen.
These British Tanbark replacement sails are were made by Gambell & Hunter.
The set also includes an overlapping drifter.


This is the shot that has been on our home page for some time. Note the autopilot attached to her tiller and the lighter colored filler pieces between the masts. Those provide a spot to roll out a couple of sleeping bags, or can be arranged to make a picnic table. Overnight, they usually rig a boom tent between the masts...

NTS overnight

Quite a versatile boat, don't you think?

And one just came up for sale...

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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