Preview: Chesapeake Crabbing Skiff, by Doug Hylan

July 24, 2015

Doug Hylan

Some years ago, I was asked to draw a small version of the traditional skiff once commonly used by Chesapeake Bay crab fishermen.  I love this kind of project: converting old working boats for simpler plywood construction, with amateur builders in mind.  Although the use of plywood and epoxy can make the structure much simpler, I always tryto include a bit of traditional detailing, so that the old-timers will have to look twice.  I never cease to be in awe of the aesthetic qualities that our grandfathers insisted upon in their possessions, whether they be fishing boats, woodworking tools, or even machine tools.  Perhaps they felt that owning beautiful implements was compensation for the long hours they spent at work.

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