I've been reading about everybody's pursuits and am quite amazed at the skill and craftsmanship exhibited by this group. I've been wanting to build a skiff for some time now. This past fall, I finally quit wishing and started doing. I wanted a small boat that required little power and maintenance. I also wanted a boat that was stable and could carry a load well. This craft would be used for crabbing and fishing as well as hauling the wife and friends to dinner at our local waterfront establishments. The ladybug, lumber yard and long point skiffs all seemed to fit the bill. While I liked the long point best for esthetic reasons, I liked Walters design both for the beam and the simple ruggedness of it. So a Lumber Yard Skiff it was.
The bow stem was cut from 4x4 ash
The transom taking shape. It is constructed from two layers of 3/4" meranti ply.
The side panels were cut from 5/8" meranti ply. The aft portion of the sides are full length half sheets. There was a mild curve call for to limit the amount of rocker in the bottom. I scaled up the plan in CAD and printed out full sized templates to make the cut easy and accurate as possible.
The forward side panels were done in the same fashion.
At this point the kid in me couldn't resist... I had to stand everything up and take a peak at what she might look like.