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Small Boats Annual 2012

Editor’s Page: No Chainsaw Required
One fall, I was desperate to get my powerboat into my garage for a winter’s worth of work. The garage was in need of some repair anyhow when I began that project, but it was in need of some rebuilding by the time I finished. The boat, you see, was just slightly too long to be backed straight into this two-stall building … Continued on Page 5 of PDF version.

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Outfitting for Safety Part 2: Navigation & Seamanship

Small boats are certainly less demanding to navigate than large ones. However, navigation skills are still important to understand.

Outfitting for Safety Part 3: Emergencies & Flotation

The right preparation and equipment should get you through most emergencies. Often, it’s best simply to avoid situations that could turn ugly.

Outfitting for Safety Part 1: Introduction & Minimum Legal Requirements

Part of common sense is good preparation

The author heads to his boat for a day’s outing. He has his life jacket on, a sea bag full of gear over his shoulder, and an anchor and rode in a bucket.

XLNC Utility Skiff

A simple, efficient hull from William and John Atkin

For an easily driven motor launch, John and William Atkin developed the XLNC design with home builders in mind.

Hampton Sloop

A family boat

Simplicity is the hallmark of this boat. All of the hardware is shop-made, and auxiliary propulsion is provided by a pair of ash oars.

Peregrine 18

A fast pulling boat

This boat will not go down by the stern while being rowed at maximum speed or when loaded with wine, cheese, and cookies for an afternoon on the islands.

The Shaw & Tenney Whitehall

A classic, reinterpreted

A hull of traditional lapstrake appearance, but without the traditional worries of leaking and drying out.

The Sea Bird Yawl

Simplicity in a hard-chined cruiser

Simple enough to be built by amateurs, small enough to be singlehanded, and big enough for long passages

The No Mans Land Boat

A challenge with great potential

This heavy old fish boat holds her own and then some against other displacement hulls.

Wittholz 11′ Dinghy

An ode to a simpler time

Charles Wittholz designed his traditional 11' catboat dinghy for protected waters. While fun to sail, she is also well suited to work under oars and to serve as a tender to a larger boat.


An almost-traditional Thames skiff

Colin Galloway built this 19' Thames skiff to an Iain Oughtred design. Oughtred’s plans specify glued lapstrake plywood; Galloway substituted solid wood—“The Real Thing,” says Oughtred. “She really is a superb piece of work.”

The Rhodes 18

A racing daysailer

The Rhodes is the perfect daysailer for up to five people, or it can be raced by a crew of three in one-design fleets.

Lowell’s Amesbury Skiff

Building by

“…a boat that will teach the newcomer nuances of powerboat handling and seamanship while rewarding the more experienced with its capabilities.”


A proven cedar-strip touring canoe

Over three decades, the Redbird canoe has proven to be an exceptionally fine model for wilderness tripping. While its bow and stern profiles are inspired by Ojibwa rice-harvesting canoes, the epoxy-sheathed, cedar-strip construction is contemporary. This example was built by Edmund Pozniak and photographed on Clear Lake, Louisiana.

Salty Heaven

A sprightly cat-yawl for daysailing or camp-cruising

The author’s Salty Heaven, JESS, singlehanded in a fresh breeze. Sailed solo, the 17’ cat-yawl is fast and responsive. She will also happily carry passengers or a load of camping gear.

Devlin’s Pelicano

Inspired by pangas, in three flavors

“…saucy-looking, efficient, and seaworthy, and still unfancy enough that an ambitious amateur can realistically aspire to building one.”

The Norwalk Islands 18 and Its Cousins

A family of sharpies

“Having no jib, changing tacks on a sharpie is a matter of simply pushing the tiller over. The two sails look after themselves. ”


A double-paddle canoe

The 14’7” Fox double-paddle canoe, which weighs only 44 lbs, is casually portable. Its 6’8”-long cockpit offers considerable room, yet can be securely sealed with a spray skirt.

D-18 Myst

A camp-cruiser with good looks

The D-18 Myst has a striking profile and sail plan, and her general appearance prompts thoughts of British fishing boats of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Goliath Mini-Tug

A fanciful cruiser with workboat roots

The Goliath mini-tug from Glen-L Marine, at only 18' overall, is more than a simple caricature: It’s a bona-fide pocket-cruising powerboat, well proportioned and well performing.

Marsh Punt

Marsh Punt

A simple boat for calm waters

The punt, with its flat bottom and square ends, is among the simplest form of boats. Tad Lyford’s 13’6” Marsh Punt is meant for rowing in protected waters, and poling in shallows.

Starry Nights

Starry Nights

A magic carpet on the water

The 20' Starry Nights launch from Onion River Boatworks is a picnic launch in the finest tradition. Powered by a 3-hp electric motor, she is a gentle, quiet presence on the water.

Old Town Dinghy

The Old Town Dinghy

A classic in cedar and canvas

The Old Town dinghy, a classic yacht tender, was once a staple offering in the catalog of the Old Town Canoe Company. It’s a lightweight beauty with a bright-finished interior and a painted, canvas-sheathed hull. Structurally, it looks like a canoe, but it has the shape of a versatile small boat—one that motors, sails, and rows respectably.

Nesting Dinghy

A Nesting Dinghy

PT 11, a fine balance of form and function

By extensive ocean cruising, Russell Brown came to know what he valued in a nesting dinghy, and his PT 11, which weighs just 85 lbs, balances conflicting purposes of sailing, rowing, light weight, and compact stowage while still remaining a handsome boat.

Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff

Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff

A forgiving outboard-powered boat

The Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff seen here is a strip-planked, fiberglass-sheathed copy of a plank-on-frame hull designed by Joel White and built by Jimmy Steele in the 1970s.

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