RECREATIONAL ROWING SKIFF STOCK PLANS
|Rowing is one of the best forms of
exercise, and these designs allow you to get on the water with a boat to
suit your skills and your particular waterway.
The Tamar Skiff will be the easiest to put together, while the strip plank hulls will take a few weeks longer. Although the lapstrake boats look more complicated, once you have a plank or two down, the process speeds up quite a bit.
These boats are a project that will spread out over a couple of months, especially if you only have weekends to work on the project.
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The Tamar Skiff is a single chine, flat bottomed 4mm or 6mm thick plywood design, 4.20m long by 1.1m wide approx. This craft, with her higher freeboard and decked in areas, suits more open water conditions.
Plans include a sheet for construction and arrangement, and a full size sheet of mould station and stem profile templates.
The Pittwater Scull is a performance orientated, single chine, V-bottomed plywood hull, only 4.65m long and 770mm wide. Using 3mm thick ply and timber longitudinals, this boat comes out under 30 kgs. It can cope with choppy conditions without being swamped.
There are 4 plans covering lines, construction, full size templates for the mould stations and stem profile, and full size templates for the riggers.
My round bilge designs for the 4.24 m long single, and the bigger Rocks River and Greenwich Gig designs have their origins in the local watermen's craft used on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River. I documented and drew plans for the Sydney Heritage Fleets waterman skiff Kate in the early 1990s, and inspired by the shape of that craft I prepared my own designs.
At 4.24m long, the round bilged single seat design can be built in strip plank,(6mm WR Cedar and 200gsm fabric) or multi ply strakes, 4 or 6mm thick. It is also an open water boat, about 1.1m wide.
The plans cover construction/arrangement and full size templates for the mould stations and stem profile.
Two versions of the 4.24m design: the top one was built professionally as a glued lap strake hull. A separate design was sourced for the rowing seat and riggers.
The Rocks River Skiff, 4.7m and the Greenwich Gig, 5.5m, are close sisters, 1.24m wide. Both can be built in strip plank, ( 6-8mm WR Cedar and 200gsm fabric) or lap strake construction, ( 6mm plywood). Different seating arrangements are possible.
Plans cover construction/arrangement and full size templates for the mould stations and stem profile.