Glades Skiff concept

The idea I had here is to run this light weight skiff like the gill netters and mullet boat guys do. But by having the motor mounted up from the transom the skiff would be more balanced for poling alone or in winds. The small tunnel set up and the way to tilt the engine out of the well is different than the mullet skiffs as I don’t want a huge tunnel well like the skiffs of the past. I have used this set up in my sailboat designs and it works with a minimum of displacement loss.

This skiff will be very quiet with is rounded stern. It’s written up in detail on my other blog





  1. Tom

    I really like this design. I have certain issues that it might or might work with. Principally the main users of the boat will be 150 pounds different in weight. The typical poling configuration will be the 250 pounder forward, and the 100 pounder aft. In that configuration there is something to be said for having the motor aft. But on the occasion when 150 is poling 100 that would not be so great. Water ballast is a possibility along the proven lines of the Gougeon bailer arrangement. But a motor forward configuration isn’t all bad either.

    Also with so little poling horsepower, I am dubious about the value of the bulwark around the forward casting platform and side decks. I don’t know what it is there for, though it might run a little dryer for sure. I think it could be good for the colder lakes I frequent, but the wind resistance might take it out. And since details like that are hard to explain as they are unconventional on flats type skiffs, it might be as well for me to not include it. That would be a pity as it does give the boat a distinctive flair.

    My catamaran flats skiff has the motor mounted 3 feet forward of the “transoms” on a beam. It has given us some trouble, but in this case it is for a much heavier motor, and about 7 feet forward. I think the question of whether the boat will float on it’s lines given the weight inconsistencies is probably the most important as regards motor location, for us. Glades boats are not a whole lot beamier than canoes, so weight distribution is critical.

    The leg is running deep in the picture, if it would function well when less immersed, it might be possible to deal with the issues of it’s depth of penetration with a powered jackplate assembly.

    None of my remarks are critical, it’s just the process one goes through in aligning one’s needs with particular options.


  2. Tom

    Oh, the other point I am considering is the the motor tilt feature may be too horizontal for modern 4 strokes. I get that 2 strokes are lighter and in some respects to be preferred, but new ones can’t be had around here. I have several old ones, but I don’t know if my wife will allow me to run those as they produce too much pollution…


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