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The 10.5ft Pointy Skiff Full Plans

The 10.5ft Pointy Skiff Full Plans

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CHAPTERTHIRTEEN
that would be wasted; it wouldn't make her go muchfaster and would only add more weight and bother.If you object to small motors because hey don't haveany reverse, ust remember that you can fill that void byturning them around 180 degrees.When you do, slowthe motor down to idle, and don't hesitate once youstart swiveling it around. Ned Grade, a New YorkEnglish teacher and the owner-builder of the 7 foot 9-inch Elegant Punt included in my first book, InstantBoats,was teaching his young son how to do this withthe mini-motor he had hung on her transom. He got asfar as "This is how to..," when they found themselvesup to their necks in water. He had paused just longenough at 90 degreeshard over to flip her in one quickmotion, furnishing a prime example of the old sawabout he who hesitates.Let's collect the makings and get one of these PointySkiffs in the water.Materials
. Two sheets~-inch 4-by-8-footAC exteriorply-
wood. One sheet %-inch 4-by-8-foot AC exterior 4-plyplywood for bottom. (If you can't get 4-ply, use ~-inchAC exterior 5-ply or, alternatively, use two sheetsof !,i-The Pointy Skiff was designed with the workingfisherman in mind, but she serves he pleasure-seekingboater just as well. Loadedwith a couple of tubs of bait,spare gas, two grown men, and the usual mishmashthrown in, her ample freeboard and her 4-foot 2-inchbeam ensure safe pass~ge rom dock to mother shipeven n a moderately steep chop. Or you can substitutethe average amily picnic for the above oad and headfor a nearby island.I planned to use her for fishing myself, but I droppedout of lobstering just about then and shelved the plansuntil I got my activities a ittle better organized. gaveaset to the Region Eight Vocational School n Rockland,but I had completely forgotten about that until one dayI saw their prototype sitting on a fisherman's float.Shewas built twice asheavy as needed,starting with a VB-inchcrossplanked bottom instead of the %-inchplywood called for and proceeding with heftier seats,extra framing-the works. But she looked as she wassupposed to. Ironically, it turned out she had beenbought by my brother-in-law, who has never had a kindword for anything Phil Bolger designed.When he said,"It's the best skiff I ever owned," weight and all, Idecided not to press the matter.The Pointy Skiff rows well with 6- to 6J.7.-foot ars,and a 2 or 3 h.p. outboard drives her easily. More than
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