Sunday, October 23, 2011
Doryman Melonseed Skiff
Remember two weeks ago, when Doryman caught the Melonseed bug?
This is a sneak preview of the new Doryman Melonseed Skiff design.
A fresh development of this historical duck boat, the Doryman Melonseed is double-chined and planked in 6mm marine plywood. The planks above the waterline are glue-lapped and fastened with bronze nails. The garboard-to-wherry keel seam is stitch-and-glue.
Fiberglass covers the bottom, below the waterline, because this boat is intended for weekend gunkholing and exploring. The objective is to keep her light, though she must stand up to beach landings at all those tempting places you can reach in a shallow draft hunting design.
With it's flat, wherry type bottom, this boat will rest comfortably on the strand while you set up camp.
A spritboom sail and a pair of oars are all you need. All your gear will stow up forward, under the deck, leaving a roomy six foot cockpit for the skipper and crew. Half decks and a three inch coaming insure that no matter what the sea conditions, the adventurers will stay dry.
Doryman Melonseed Skiff (click on the image for a closer view)
Design Draft, centerboard up 4"
Centerboard down 3'-8"
Sail Area 119 sq. ft.