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    Default Correia Skiff

    I'm looking for any information I can find about a class of flat-bottomed, lapstrake quahog skiffs built by Albert (or Alfred) Correia of New Bedford. He ran a boatshop from (I think) the 30's to the 60's and produced a series of 10', 12' and 14 foot boats. Multiple Google searches have turned up nada. I'm hoping to find, if not lines plans, then at least an original example that I can take lines off of.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Dave

    "Bíonn caora dhubh ar an tréad is gile."

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    Have you talked to the North Dartmouth Historical Society?

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    Lived next door to that boat shop when i was a kid it was Arnold Correia and his dad Joseph who built them.. long gone now my dad had a 12 ft skiff even had a custom storage seat in the stern...… I have no idea where it is now been about 60 years last known on Slocum River.... the Historical Society may be able to help you

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    Welcome aboard EK. Thanks for the update.

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    Default Re: Correia Skiff

    this forum is amazing

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    I can only add that the Correia-built skiffs were highly praised by the late Edwin B. Athearn. Ed was a commercial wooden boat maven, former commercial fisherman, and later in life the founder of the marine brokerage company SEABOATS, or Edwin B. Athearn Associates, of New Bedford. He wrote some good accounts of his travels and adventures with boats in CHRONICLES OF AN ISLANDER -- Martha's Vineyard History & Adventure.

    I have several hours of Ed holding forth on cassette tapes. If I find a reference to Correia skiffs on them I will report back.

    The Avila clan, Swordfishing for decades out of New Bedford were using out-board-powered skiffs for their "dory-men" to haul back harpooned Swordfish in the 1950s through 1970s. There is a good chance that they were using Correia skiffs. One of the family members in the area might still have one for examination.

    Is Thad referring to the OLD Dartmouth Historical Society, aka New Bedford Whaling Museum, as a an entity worth contacting? That institution could prove to be helpful if dstreck is still on the hunt.

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    That was my intent.

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    The Avila family were day fishermen went to school with Edmund Avila..the sistersown Little Peoples College in the New Bedford area great family

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    I was doing a web search, came across this old post...

    In 1958 when we lived in South Dartmouth, my father purchased a 14 foot flat iron Correia skiff. I believe that it was used when he got it. We still have it!
    About 15 years ago I rescued it from the back of my brothers truck on its way to the dump.
    In 2019 I took the lines off it and built a replica for dad's 92nd birthday. He thought the new one was the original one.
    I still have the forms and I'm considering building another.
    It's a good solid stable work (and play) boat.
    In 1959 he also purchased a 5.5 hp Evinrude that I restored and it runs like a champ.
    If any one is still following this post 11 years later let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stancioff View Post
    I was doing a web search, came across this old post...

    In 1958 when we lived in South Dartmouth, my father purchased a 14 foot flat iron Correia skiff. I believe that it was used when he got it. We still have it!
    About 15 years ago I rescued it from the back of my brothers truck on its way to the dump.
    In 2019 I took the lines off it and built a replica for dad's 92nd birthday. He thought the new one was the original one.
    I still have the forms and I'm considering building another.
    It's a good solid stable work (and play) boat.
    In 1959 he also purchased a 5.5 hp Evinrude that I restored and it runs like a champ.
    If any one is still following this post 11 years later let me know.

    It is good to hear that your attempt at replicating a classic was successful, and that the skiff is now serving you well.

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    I love these tidbits that come along. The old boats and their stories tie us together.
    Welcome aboard Stancioff, thanks for the update and nice story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpstalker View Post
    It is good to hear that your attempt at replicating a classic was successful, and that the skiff is now serving you well.
    I own the 12’ skiff. I believe mine is a 1948. My dad also bought it in the 1970’s. It was my childhood boat. I’ve saved it for many years. It is still in great shape. We all learned to row in it. Our 80 lb German shepherd sat in the front.
    I had never heard the term “flatiron skiff”. I do know they were built solid and used for sword fishing.
    I’m happy to send pictures or measurements. If any one needs them.

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    I’d love to see some pictures. Thank you

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    Welcome aboard SusanA, thanks for the info.

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    Default Re: Correia Skiff

    No photos?

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