View Full Version : Custom Carolina-seen one???
02-19-2007, 09:59 AM
I am looking for an old carolina style center console,17-25 feet long to restore.Any year,any condition.I can fix anything.If you have seen one for sale please let me know.They have been building these types of boats around harkers island N.C. and outer banks over 40 years,so they must be some old ones around.I stay in south carolina,but will travel to get a boat.thanks
02-19-2007, 12:35 PM
Sounds like you're looking for a Simmons Sea Skiff? I don't really know what you're looking for if you're asking for a specific kind of boat from Harker's Island. (pronounced "Hoorkers Oyland" by locals - In other words, put marbles in your mouth and try to speak with a British Accent) Boy, I'm going to catch it for that one. Just kidding guys... :D
Most of the boats the guys use around there now are flat "Carolina Skiffs." Most of the old woodies that you still see burried in grass in their front yards serving as garden planters are home built jobs. Can't say that there's any one specific design though. This is a picture of a plan layout for a model skiff that I built some years ago that's very similar to those kinds of boats, but it gives you an idea.
02-20-2007, 07:37 AM
Not looking for a simmons.Looking for a boat with huge flare foward.They look just like the big sportfisherman ,just smaller.Thanks for the reply.
Nice skiff, small but nice!
Thad Van Gilder
02-20-2007, 08:23 AM
I have seen fiberglass ones from the 60's or 70's. older hulls somewhere around 20 feet. just like the big carolina sportfishers.
The last one I saw was at Minmar marina in the meadows. That would be on the ICW in Sea Isle City, NJ
02-20-2007, 08:30 AM
I know the type boats you are speaking about now. There are decendants of the Dutch and some European countries in that area that have built those typs of hulls and talk with a lot of accent left on the island. You may want to take a drive through the community looking in the backyards and I bet you could find one that needs some work and wanting a new home. Knock on the door and you may own one before sundown.
Plenty of plans available for a new build if you strike out looking for a project boat.
02-20-2007, 10:46 AM
Around here there is a very similar hull called a Lafitte skiff--lots of forward flare. You might try a web search (Yachtworld?) for Lafitte skiff and see if you turn up anything.
02-21-2007, 06:56 AM
Here's a beaut.:D
Plans are $235
02-24-2007, 06:13 PM
Nice boat.But I had rather restore an old one than build a new one this time.thanks
02-25-2007, 02:35 PM
You're going to have a hard time finding an old "sportfish" because there just were not that many of them built.
Honda, your thinking of whats known as a work boat or Harkers Island Skiff. Sorry your plans are way off. Brady Lewis started putting a little flare in his skiffs back in the 30's and taught the locals on Harkers island how to do it. The style caught on "across the sound" to the rest of the NC. When the boys started building sport fish they added the "Harkers Island flare" and the "Carolina Boat" was born. There hasn't been much of a demand for smaller (under 45') until the last 10 yrs. The builders couldn't compete with the plastic boats. Now with a 26' sport fish selling for 100k, there are lots of small boats being build.
Try googling Omie Tillit, Alex Wilis, Warren Oneil, Buddy Harris or Buddy Canady.
There is an 80's model for sale at Motts Channel ,On Wrightsville Beach NC, I think it's a Buddy Canady. Its about 25' . Priced under 40 grand. For sale by Offshore something yacht brokers.
02-26-2007, 08:57 AM
You've GOT to be from Beaufort... Who's got the mullet bucket now anyways, East or West?
Well, I didn't say that the skiff I posted was exact, just gives a basic idea. The boats I grew up with were a few sheets of plywood tacked together with bailing wire and waterproofed with duct tape with an ancient 2-stroke loosly screwed to a motor well. We'd get to Shackleford Banks with a bailing bucket in one hand and a prayer in the other...
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