Re: Crab Skiffs
Crab skiffs on the bay and crabbing skiffs on Core Sound and crab skiffs being sold as plans all carry different meanings and shapes. You need to understand the limitations of taking an outright fishing skiff and have a sail rig to assist its propulsion. You need to also understand that even a flat bottom or a wharped vee bottom for shallow draft needs either a daggerboard or a swing keel to save your butt too and to actually steer your boat straight too while under sail.
Your rudder and centerboard will need to be matched if you plan on having a sailing skiff that will go windward. Bilge keels of false keelsons have nothing at all to do with sailing performance and handling, but installed in cross planked bottoms to strengthen the bottom. Conventional framing does not come into play in most of those builds except for the intregal parts and to transfer stresses across both the beam and length.
Several discussions and comments in a couple threads has addressed rocker bottoms. The flat bottom for sure will not sail like the rocker bottoms either. You need to figure out what you want. The overall length also needs to be under 14 foot if you wish not to title it. But if you use a motor anytime you will still need to title and numbers according to the current rules.
Your best bet is 15 foot for several reasons , interior room in a vee bow shape thats reduced by the trunk and seating arrangement unless you want to sit on the bottom inside too. Next would be to make use of materials even if you are going with solid wood which also comes in 16 foot, including the cedars.
Cheap materials? Thats subjective. Juniper is priced almost the same locally as the WRC too. The white pine is junk while the fasteners and bedding costs the same that you should be using for this boat.
Short of going with the juniper, go to several of the regular lumberyards and pick through their western red cedars which is still being sold in limited amounts and long lengths. Plans? The museum has several already proven too for less than the cost of several cases of beer. If you want a sailboat in that size look no further and get to work tommorrow.
Pretty boat Nathan, you posted while I was typing.
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