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All Purpose Knockabout (Pub. No. 7031)

by Hi Sibley

No-nonsense, workaday skiff will support three children, one adult. Takes only 11 hours to build.

This boat has half again the load capacity of a conventional 12’ skiff and is designed for the simplest construction with ordinary hand tools. All materials are available at any lumberyard; the mastic tape and marine glue at a boatyard. General over-all dimenslpns are given in Fig. 1.

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How to Build a Quahogger: A Narragansett Bay Type (Pub. No. 7066)

by Michael P. Smith

An extremely useful and practical shoal draft working utility.

Recently we hired a contractor to repair the concrete piers on one of our bridges here in Narragansett Bay. Among the items of equipment he used were three outboard skiffs each powered with a 40 hp engine. Boxy in appearance, high-sided, with little or no flare, a straight vertical stem, vertical transom, flat bottom with little or no longitudinal rocker, as wide at the transom as they were amidships, they did not leave an impression of a goodlooking boat. Details at the gunwales were different but other than this they were nearly alike. (See drawings.) “Quahoggers” is what the contractor called them. My respect for these boats began almost immediately. We used them to haul material and ferry men back and forth between the beach and job site. They proved to be extremely fast and were excellent weight carriers. On calm days they could get up on a plane even when loaded. On rough days we carried seven men each trip with safety. I became interested in these boats and searched for plans with the idea of building one, but apparently plans for a “Quahogger” have never been published. I then started on a private research venture to learn more about these boats and to draw up a set of plans. I visited the waterfronts in Bristol, Warren, East Greenwich, Tiverton, and Newport. In each of these places I found “Quahoggers” being used as work boats, fishing boats, tongers, lobster boats and as small family yachts. I talked to owners and knowledgeable persons about them. No one knew anything about plans. One inquiry earned the reply that “Joe S. in Bristol will build you one, $250 unpainted.” A visit to Joe’s back yard showed that he had no plans but that he did have a building jig, and that he would build me a boat. Where did he get the jig? “Oh, my father made it years ago.” The “Quahogger” is the beginning of a type. Except for the ordinary flat-bottomed skiff, it has no forebearers and did not evolve from any earlier models. It is, I believe, the forerunner of another local type which is a very good looking skiff and that is the “Dutch Harbor Skiff.” From what I can gather, Quahoggers were first built in the Narragansett Bay area after the advent of the outboard engine, the weight of the engine aft dictating the
need for the very wide transom. these boats were first built by men in the shellfish trade. The boat satisfied their requirements for a simple, practical, seaworthy, heavy load carrying and economical skiff. Basically, present-day Quahoggers are the same as those first built. The Quahog skiff is a local type that doesn’t get much publicity. They are so common here on the Bay that a potential buyer would look and then pass them off as being too ordinary and too simple. Surprising as it may seem, however, they are fast, stable, economical and practical. One man who knows says, “they are the best platform available for pulling’ pots and tongin’, and they are fast; they’ve won every work boat race ever held in Newport.” Another expert says, “ . . . one of the nicest boats in the Bay for the purpose for which they are built.” They are that they can be driven right up on the beach for loading and unloading. Our workmen boarded and left over the bow onto a sandy beach without getting their feet wet, and the boats have enough power to back clear of the beach with a full load. Most of the work boats have only two seats, one in the bow and one in the stern. The rest of the boat is wide open for plenty of working space and accommodation for such gear as pots, pot haulers, rakes, tongs and baskets. The interior of all boats varied with their use, all being quite functional. Building a “Quahogger” is quite simple—you just set up the forms and wrap the planks around them.

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Combination Rowing, Sailing and Outboard Boat (Pub. No. 7804)

Designed by F.W. Goeller

Here is a handsome, heavy duty service boat that, properly built, will give years of service, and is well adapted to rowing, sailing or outboard use. She will take the largest outboards one would care to handle over her stern and she is designed not to squat at the stern. She will carry a big load and is not light. She is a heavy boat, built with all the trimmings that used to be seen in the old-time heavy yacht gigs.

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Whaleboat (Lines Only) (Pub. No. 7805)

Lines taken off by William H. Hand, Jr.

The New Bedford Whaleboat, in her time launched on all the oceans of the world, probably shows the maximum development reached in building small boats that were to be propelled by oars or sails. The men who manned them were interested in two things besides the first condition of seaworthiness: speed and silence. Lightness of construction was a prime factor in these craft. They were maneuvered entirely by manpower, lowered in the falls and hoisted again without the aid of such modern gear as power winches and the quick response needed during an attack could not be had in a heavy boat. The 28-footer shown in the accompanying lines weighed not much over 1,000 pounds.

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N.J. Seabright Skiff (Lines Only) (Pub. No. 7807)

Lines of Clinker-built Craft 18 ft. to 30 ft. overall

For landings on the open seacoast, such as the beaches of New Jersey or the southern shore of Long Island, the type known as the Seabright or New Jersey skiff was developed several years ago. The design was taken over by fishermen, and as is the case with many boats built for local use and with suitability for hard service as the main consideration, no real design was ever made. The lines shown here are not construction plans and cannot be used as such unless more work is put on them. They do, however, show the general contours of an especially seaworthy type that proved its usefulness under the hard conditions for which the boats were built. The lines were taken off an actual Seabright skiff by the late naval architect, Roger M. Haddock.

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