I am in the process of making a Goat Island Skiff to sail myself. I started with a model awhile back and my son loves it.
My vision of the boat is with a mizzen and having the ability to sail it standard or as a yawl....
Parts are in progress, bulkheads are cut to plan, framed in timber, and bevelled to the millimeter. Transom is cut, framed, with a nice cleat at the top to strengthen and give the transom a beefier look. The stem, with its quickly winding bevel over only about 24", is cut on the table saw then finished by hand on the bench. Faying surfaces are slightly backed out to create the best bond.
The side panels and bulkheads, stem, transom are all dry fit to ensure everything works, which it did beautifully. I did line off the sheer and tweak that a little bit. Shop patterns were adjusted so that if more parts are made from them, they will be "all set".
This boat will be the first or second GIS Yawl to be built, all the others are the standard rig. The beauty of this version, is that it can be used as both. The boat goes together beautifully and sails like a dream. We were out in a local GIS last fall and, on a close reach with my wife lounging in the midship thwart, we caught up to and dropped a fleet of 420s racing. That was when I decided to look at building one.