100 Boat Designs Reviewed: Design Commentaries by the by Peter H. Spectre

By Peter H. Spectre

Famous because the editor of the best-selling annual Mariner's publication of Days, Peter Spectre lives in Spruce Head, Maine.

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Rope snotters do the work of stainless-steel or bronze gooseneck fittings — and then some. / h The Sharpie Book (International Marine, Camden, Maine, 1994), Reuel Parker gives us drawings for classic designs that have been adapted for sheet-plywood construction. W. , New York, 1951). The old boat is believed to have been built on Hoopers Island about 1906. Chapelle took the lines off her at Crisfield, Maryland, in 1943. This hull's shallow, almost flat-bottomed, forefoot allowed Parker to sheathe its virtually unaltered lines with sheet plywood.

Deadrise amidships (amount of V to the the notorious Chesapeake chop and will give it the bottom) ranged from 0 degrees to about 12 degrees. power to punch through now-ubiquitous powerboat Hulls were double-ended or transom-sterned. In fact, wakes. No matter what miracle goops and goos we the diversity in skiff design allowed watermen to iden- might employ in building this skiff today, I'd suggest tify a boat as the product of a particular county, if not not taking too much weight out of its structure.

We might note that this skiff and the Cambridge boat have their centerboards located far forward by yacht standards, and the boards are slightly smaller than expected. This arrangement has obvious advantages in working skiffs, and the added cockpit room will be appreciated in the daysailing derivatives. The happy configuration is made feasible by the forward bias of the sail plans' geometrical centers and by the far-aft lateral plane offered by large skegs and rudders. Before dropping the rig from the old skiff into the new skiff, Parker lopped about 20 inches off the mast.

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