in Pictures:

the Harbor Skiff

From the Introduction...

I’ve lived and worked here on the Coast of Maine since the 60s. In all that time, I have seen countless skiffs, used them on salt and fresh water, and have built a bunch of them–I honestly can’t recall how many. Even the saddest of them had some good qualities, and some of them even looked good tethered to the town floats, but precious few were what I would call exceptional. The Harbor Skiff is one of the few.


Harbor Skiff cover

Harbor Skiff CD

The Harbor Skiff is 12'-0" overall with a 5'-0" beam, the maximum size skiff that can be left at the town float at Lincolnville Beach (Maine)...that's the reason for her size as well as her name.

The photo on the book's cover and on the CD was taken at the author's mooring on a still morning in October just after daybreak.

HS page 10

A page right out of the Duck Trap shop notebook is included along with the design information in the first chapter.

Chapters include:

The Design
Getting Started
Preparing for Planking


The chapter on Scarphing begins withexplaining the easiest ways to cut plank scarphs in the traditional way...and then continues with how to mechanize the process to cut them accurately in just seconds.

Enlarged view of page 29


The chapter on joinerwork details setting up a Harbor Skiff for one fisherman's particular needs, complete with side lockers and foredeck.

Enlarged view of page 58




Experience the entire process through 76 pages and 87 color photos.

Building the Harbor Skiff on CD
just US$25.00 + postage

Larry's HS

The email that came with this photo said:

Karen, Walter….. thanks for designing a sweet, sweet boat….
handles like a dream...launched today on a perfect (and rare) winter day.

Best, Larry

Please Note: All of our CDs are intended to be viewed on a computer monitor.
You CANNOT print from them.

Yes, we have a limited number of printed versions.

Building the Harbor Skiff...8.5" x 11" format/ 76 pages/87 photos
Color = $45........B&W=$30

The printed versions do not include the CD; each version is offered separately.

CD Specifications: Industry standard 48X 700MB compact disk (CD-R).
ISO 9660 format means that they are readable on both Macintosh and Windows computers.
Files are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format readable with version 4 or above.
Adobe Reader is available directly from Adobe as a free download.

By the way, the CD in its slim case weighs practically nothing,
so adding one to a book order won't impact your shipping charges at all.


Here's a link to the skiff page (scroll down for the Harbor Skiff).


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Lincolnville Beach, Maine 04849-0088

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