Stonington Skiff

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  1. raindropfx

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    This is my 16' Stonington Skiff I picked up last year. .. . .. ..river play boat for me and my boy. These boats were built by the Shaffer family in Stonington Connecticut. .. . . .my home town. They were very popular boats for clamming, crabbing, and the flea fleet lobstermen. They could hold a bunch of gear and have really high gunwales. . . .very stable boats. They haven't been made for some time. Well. . . .. .the real ones. A builder in Bristol R.I. bought the mold, but changed it up a bit. In order to get the new ones USCG approved they put floatation under the deck. This lowered the gunwale hight and aren't as stable to work out of.

    My boy has a few more years before it's all his. .. . . .. .!!
     

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    I had this one 35 years ago. Your right they are strong, well built boats.
     

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  3. myentourage

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    This looks like the one my father just sold. Did you buy that boat in fairhaven Mass? I wasn't very happy when he sold that boat. He reinforced the deck for the same amount of money that he sold it for. But it looks like it went to a good home. Looks good.
     
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    . . .. . ..the boat in the pic was bought locally. It never left the area. HOWEVER. .. . . . I just bought another Stonington Skiff this morning that came from Mass. . .. . it is the same exact color. Very good shape. The hull is 1957!! Could be your father's old one. . . .. the guy I got it from bought it out of Mass to use a tender.. .. . .he found a different boat.

    . . .. . . . As to why I bought another one. .. . . .it's a sickness!
     
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    Yeah if the inside is grey then that prob is the one. Ill post a pic mine tomorrow, its setup for bay scalloping.
     
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    MY Stonington
     

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    . . . .. .my Misses snapped a quick camera pic. She's taking the growing number of toys very well... ......we're both hoping there will be a much bigger one in the water by the end of summer!!
     

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    Yup thats my dads on the right i remember those reg numbers
     
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    It's in pretty dardn good shape for a '57 hull. . ... .how come he decided to sell?
     
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    He is crazy i wanted to kill him for selling that boat. He did alot of work to it. He goes out in the bay here and it gets a little choppy and he says the boat didn't have enough weight up front, he couldn't get the bow down. Having a 25HP ETEC didn't help, those motors are extremely heavy for the size. So he sells the boat and buys a piece of shit aluminum that is going to leak like hell. I can't even talk about it. Lmao..........:D
     
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    I love these skiffs. I see some here in Jersey
     
  12. Andyf32

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    Did you find that second one in the waterford area on craigslist last week?
     
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    . . .. .. .sure did Andy. It didn't last long. I picked it up about 6-7 hours after he posted it.
     
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    Nice grab! I saw that on Craigslist and was going to jump on it but when I went back to get the info it was gone, good for you, I will keep looking. I am looking for one to keep at Schaffers this summer. I have a Boston Whaler but like the skiff better for that area for fishing, clamming etc. Good luck with them.
     
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    . .. . .. .now that would have definitely been 'full circle' if this boat ended up back at Shaffer's! I'm down there quite a bit in the summer.. . .Alan runs a great business. Nice thing about having a skiff there is you can shoot out under the bridge. I'm thinking about keeping it at Cardinal Cove. That's where I picked up the first one. Another great location.
     
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    Bump. Im looking for one. If anyone has a line on one let me know.
     
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    Do you collect Stonington Skiffs? The one I bought from you was sitting right were youre new one is, not to long ago. I put a 20hp mercury four stroke on it and I love it.
     
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    I have a stonington skiff that is for sale. The motor doesn't work, but the boat itself is an original. I have pictures - would like the boat to go to someone who appreciates these skiffs!
     
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    Message sent. Thanks for the swift response!
     
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    Thanks for the PM
     
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