I am having to acknowledge the fact that I cannot get to the swampscott dory that I have been planning for a year. I started the layout on the stems and garboard and now I am stalled.
A faster build, for this season, might be an interesting 16 or 17' sailing skiff. I was looking at plans for the windward 17. I also like the lines on the Chincoteague Skiff (near the bottom of the page here: http://www.selway-fisher.com/OtherDB.htm). I recognize that rowboats and sailboats are compromised in one or both directions, but what about the rowing qualities of the v-bottom sailing skiff?
Second, aside from the tendency to reduce pounding, does the v-bottom give much more rough water performance over the flat-bottom skiff?
Last, I would really like to rig the boat with a spritsail, and thus a shorter mast, than one of the more modern rigs. But I am open to suggestion.
I would appreciate comments on these issues.