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    Default Chappele crab skiff

    I posted this picture in a different thread, and Eddiebou PM'd me with questions about its dimensions. Seems he's building a similar boat. I met the owners last summer, when these pictures were taken, but have no way to contact them. Apparently, they built the boat to lines taken off a Chesapeake crab skiff by Howard Chappelle. I have his books "Boatbuilding", and "American Sailing Craft" but the design is not in either of those.

    Maybe someone here has a book with the design and might be willing to provide some dimensions.

    Thanks,

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    The lines can be found on page 59 of "The Work Boats of Smith Island" by Paula Johnson, copyright, 1997, Johns Hopkins University press, ISBN 0-8018-5484-9

    The title of the page is "Smith Island Crabbing Skiff", about 1904, lines taken 1940, H.I. Chapelle & J.L. Appleton.

    I'll see if I can scan it at the office tomorrow and post the scan.

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    Although, as I leaf through the book, Jim's picture posted above looks more like the "Very Small Crab Scrape Bateau" found on page 17 of the same book. I'll scan both tomorrow.

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    There also is a small publication called Chesapeake Crab Skiffs, or something similar. I believe the Chesapeake Maritime Museum sells it.

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    Quote Originally Posted by johngsandusky View Post
    There also is a small publication called Chesapeake Crab Skiffs, or something similar. I believe the Chesapeake Maritime Museum sells it.
    That is a great little book of plans for very little money.

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    This boat is based on one in the crabbing skiffs book but it's lines have not been published. Howard Chappelle slightly modified a boat he measured and drew these lines. The Smithsonian has these plans available .

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    Jim, thanks for the pm, I don't recall how I initially saw this picture. I would like to know more about the dimensions of this boat. It certainly does sit low in the water like a scrape. Depending on it's length, I think I might like just a bit more free-board. I don't like a boat with sides that are too high. The problem with scaling down a good looking vessel is, the waves don't scale down with it.
    Was this an issue? Did you ever put the gunwales under?

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    That can't be it ... the boat in the photo is not a double-ender.

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    Oh ; yeah .

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    Lines from the "Work Boats of Smith Island" mentioned above.




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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    This boat is built from plan HIC-303, 18' skiff. Plans are from the ships plan list from Smithsonian Institution, in the unpublished Chapelle collection of yachts and small craft.

    It is based on the boat in figure 3 of the CHESAPEAKE BAY CRABBING SKIFFS booklet from CBMM.

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    Many thanks to all who showed an interest here. Roger, I was hoping you would run with this, being familiar with the boat. The pictures at the end are particularly good. Thanks again.

    Eddie, I hope this answers your questions. I don't think you could get better information anywhere. Good luck and don't forget to post some pictures of your boat now that we're all curious.

    Jim

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    We have started a builder's website of boats of the Delaware Basin, and there is a section on the sharpies/crabbing skiffs. See www.traditionalsmallcraft.com. Mike Wick

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    Anyone interested in this boat should look at the WB online listings. I was just perusing them and see that he has recently listed it.

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    Way to find a 7yr old thread!

    So beautiful. I love the Chesapeake skiffs. There is just something about them

    https://www.woodenboat.com/boats-for...crabbing-skiff

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    Here is another photo or tow of that boat. One of me at the helm.

    Re-naming straits as necessary.

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    Re-naming straits as necessary.

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    Default Re: Chappele crab skiff

    Here is one built by a helicopter pilot down in San Diego. The build was inspired by posts that we all did here on the Forum of the original boat pictured above. It was a very clean build. Mostly ply, very precise epoxy work. IIRC, this was the owner's first build too. I did not have time to go out with the owner. He sent me a few pictures on the water, good looking thing. He built it very fast too, onloy a couple of months. When I took these photos, he had not yet launched.
    Re-naming straits as necessary.

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