Plywood Skiffs

Discussion in 'Skiffs and Small Work Boats' started by El Mar, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Tuckerman

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    It's a weight saving measure
     
  2. El Mar

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    I see, minimalist approach. :wink:
     
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    So for you skiff owners.. What does say a 16 brockway or something a little smaller need for power? Want a wide stable platform that can cruise 12knts or so with me and 200lbs shellfish.
     
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    I have an old Johnson 40 that I'm saving for one of those boats. When the grandkids get bigger, I hope to build one with them some day. The oldest just turned 4, so I have a bit of a wait ahead of me. But he already loves to fish and crab. No fear!
     
  5. El Mar

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    Dux - 30 - 50 hp should do you good.
     
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    My ex-son-in-law's Brockway, I'm pretty sure it was 18 feet, had a 90hp Yamaha. That was plenty. I seldom felt the need to open it up all the way.

    That boat had a hard life, with not enough care. It was pretty limber by the time he got rid of it.
     

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    This is our 19 Brock it has a 4 stroke 25 on it
    1 person max :22 mph
    3 guys and gear max : 17 mph cruise 12
    My son and I have built 4 , you don't need a lot
    power
     

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    El Mar - I have a complete set of plans with full sized patterns to build the Glen L Kingfisher. 18' x 7'-6" x 10" draft center console, v hull, plywood construction. Not a bad looking hull. Would you have any interest in building this with your class? If so, the plans are yours.
     
  9. El Mar

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    Sure, can't guarantee we'll build it this year as most of my projects are planned out already but I would love to check out the plans and put it on file for a future project.
     
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    Hey El Mar,

    I remember seeing a lot of what looked like 14 foot brockway type skiffs being built in your high school classes - I've been reading the plans on the 14 footer from the sound school's web site with an eye to building one this winter.

    The section on the transom height is very confusing with the text and diagrams disagreeing with each other - even in the corrections section of the manual.

    Do you remember the overall height of the transom and the height at the motor mount for a short shaft motor (15 inches?) on the 14 footer?

    Thanks,

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  11. El Mar

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    Yes. 15" at the motor notch. As far as the other measurements, just make the transom higher than the sides. You can always cut them down after the boat is put together.

    I don't remember the dimensions off the top of my head but each one comes out a little different. It's a plywood boat, not a Rybovich.
     
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    Thanks for the word on the transom.

    Rybovich... funny one, had to look it up ;)
     
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    El Mar first let me say I think it is great what you are teaching about wooden boats. I had the pleasure of getting to know Earl Brockway a bit back in the 70's. Best quote " Don't want to put in a telephone. They'll only tax ya on it" I had a 16' skiff he built for me with no seats, 3/4 " bottom and 1/2 " sides. 2x6 ribs and not much rocker because I was gonna use a big motor on it. 25 hp. He was a true New England gentleman. The barrels in early pictures on this thread showing his boat building area. Were for moving boats any where he wanted. I only saw 1 old tire and wheel he used for bending his 2 by's A couple of things missing from your Brockway pics. Powdered glue and roofing tar. He used lots of both. And galvanized roofing nails. I used my boat for about 15 years then sold it for almost what I paid for it. Original price $360. Still have the bill of sale. 15 years later sold it for $300. Always stored on a trailer and always in my garage. Had a lot of hard use around the Ct River and L.I. Sound. I am new to this forum and just found your thread. Brought back so many pleasant memories. Now have a 24' Sea Way Hard Top Sport w/ 130 ETEC
     
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    Nice. Always love to hear Earl stories. I never met him.

    See if you can dig up some pics!!
     
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    Quotes from Earl.

    "Be careful of the dog, he bites a little". F*cker wouldn't let go of my pant leg. Big ass German Sheppard.

    "Don't show up to early, I don't like to get going til around ten".

    "Only deal with cash".
     
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    Grew up as a kid with a 16 foot Brockway. Pounded that thing through my teenage years. Me and a friend with a 25hp were all over the sound. Went to college and Dad sold it. Done with school and we went down to Earl's place. He came outside with the dog and said" Watch it, he don't like people." My friend ended up buying one of his last 14 footers. He actually signed. I tried to find one after that, but they were all hammered. I ended up building on from plans I got at Old Wharf- 16 Lumber Yard Skiff. Had it for 10 years, Have done fluke, bass, blackfish and clamming in the salt ponds. Mostly use it sea duck hunting in December and January. Nice to have a stable platform under you. I will find some pics and post them. Great thread going here
     
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    Nice work on that semi v Brockway.

    I have plans to start one this summer. Can they be scaled for a boat say 17'.
     
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    Yes they can.
     
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    Some projects that need to be finished by June 16th. :eek:
     

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    Hey El Mar.....

    I'm looking at / reading about these boats you've built... you said it is a Brockway design....by a local builder...you have built about 30 ?

    Is that a lady bug boat ??

    I like yours better...the rib supports are smaller ....

    I am not sure how to navigate this site...

    I may want to build one but where to start?

    The design I like shows a pix of a boat next to 2 shop vacs...boat is unfinished..has a cleat bolted to the fore deck...

    You know which one I'm speaking of?

    Can you email pictures to karl.beers@gmail.com ?
     

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