Preview: Building a Quarter-sized Skiff; A Post by OCH Guide Harry Bryan

February 26, 2015

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What a pleasant surprise to get this post from Harry! From the following, you can practice boatbuilding without needing a big shop, consuming a lot of material, or spending a lot of money. It’s a great way to learn. And a wonderful means of teaching youngsters what boatbuilding is all about. At the end, you’ll have a treasure for your mantle or a child will get an unusually fine toy. –Maynard

The Forty Inch Skiff


Two objectives are behind the creation of this design. The first is the building of a large model. While this skiff does not represent any specific design, its shape is typical of many small flat-bottomed craft. What is distinctive is its scale. In spite of the fact that it can easily be carried under one arm, it is one quarter the size of a fourteen-fot boat. There is something about a large model that draws you into it, and makes it easy to imagine the real thing. I have used the term

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