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02-09-2010, 11:27 AM
http://skiffbuilding.blogspot.com is an interesting blog by a person with intermediate skills struggling to build an authentic replica from Chapelle plans.

02-09-2010, 11:59 AM
Hi, and welcome to the forum!

Are you the builder/blogger? Are you aware of Rueul Parker's sharpie book? He took his plans from Chapelle, but his methods are more geared towards modern construction methods. He does include instructions for building a 14' skiff . . . .


Good luck!
Dave Gentry

02-10-2010, 04:46 PM
The builder, blogger is my brother in Florida. Will forward the ideas to him. Thanks.

Capt. Sharpie Strongback
02-11-2010, 10:23 AM
I'm the blogger/builder.

Yes, I do have Reuel Parker's book, and have already used some of his building ideas, and expect to use many more. I am aiming to make the boat faithful to the design's hull lines and sail plan, but am building of cold molded plywood for hull and deck, mostly clear fir for the rest, and epoxy bonding and sealing throughout. I actually met Howard Chapelle years ago, and he said he intended to update his Boatbuilding to reflect modern materials and methods, but he never did. So Parker's chapters on building with modern materials and methods are especially valuable.