Offshore capable shoal draft box boat.

I have been working on this Sharpie Junk Yawl design for the past year. It is a commission from a European family for an offshore capable shoal draft design that they would primarily use along the coast of France.

There is a lot of stuff packed into a 32′ x 8’x 20″ plywood box shaped sailboat here.

I have started to add felt pen colors to my drawings as I have found that most people have a hard time seeing through all the lines of a design when in just black and white. When the drawings are copied the colors are more subdued and I am quite happy with the results.

There are no measurements on these photos of the drawings as I am hoping to sell maybe a set of plans.

I will write about it on my other blog soon.

To answer questions please just email me as its way easier this way to answer.




Building a epoxy one off deck

These photos show the sequence of building a one off deck for a friends 17′ Envi home built skiff. He was building in Raka epoxy so that’s what I used. It took me 56 hours of work in his shop with his tools to build the deck and the 4 hatches. The deck is crowned.

Go to my blog chrismorejohn.blogspot next week for the complete explanation of this process.



 LITHIUM hull #2 

I am in the process in my spare time of building hull #2 from the LITHIUM mold. It will be my last flats skiff build as I will be off sailing to the Pacific this winter and will be looking for new adventures and different projects.

This skiff is sold and is going to be a tiller skiff with a 50 Hp on the stern. Follow along here as I post the build photos. She is being built in hand laid up vynelester resin with a solid skin with all core interior parts.

Old school building but you will see the differences in real costs of time, materials and what she will weigh when done











New design the JACKFISH 18 

I am presently designing a skiff to fit into the deep vee large outboard market for a Florida flats skiff manufacturer. This skiff will have a transom rating for a 150 hp outboard and will float on its lines at 9″ draft. These sketches are showing how it will go up against the two skiffs in this market the Maverick HPX and the CHITUM 18′ Skiff which has the same hull dimensions as the HPX. It looks like the Chittum designers used the HPX as a guide to their modification.









A new design for MACHETE MARINE

This is the hull design I did as per request for this company.

Its 24’x6-1/2′ x 5-8″ 



I met Matt Layden around 26 years ago. I went for sails with him on his Paradox design when we met up in the Exumas. The Buldocks were there to on his centerboard design. We all sailed each other’s boats.

It was lots of fun.

Here’s my idea of a small boat using Matts roller furling lug sail. I want to be able to sit outside on deck in good weather and have a ballasted keel setup. I also want to be able to lower the mast at sea or anytime easily so this is my version and a bit longer.

Here I am sailing PARADOX  

Lithium drawings from my blog post Including cost and time sheets








CONCHFISH 16 being built by Micheal Duckett And his son







Lithium latest pictures

     Last wet test before painting the hull. 410 lbs on the stern. Looking good. On her lines and waiting to take more weight.




















  Capt John Donnel is on the list.  
  Capt. Billy Knowles wants one  
  I am christening the Lithium with a bit of Rum

 285 lbs on the stern with 165 in the middle and 185 in the bow

Poles very well with Mermaids on the bow

Trollcraft 16′ flats fishing skiff

My good friend Eric Bornstein and I have been discussing the problems of fishing alone in a flats skiff having to pole about with an unbalanced skiff. What about just designing a skiff that is just set up to use a trolling motor for singlehanded fishing?  Forget about poling about and just have a balanced skiff that has enough battery power to push or pull you along all day long. 

This is my concept drawing. My idea is to have the weight sitting as low and as central as possible. The skiff will be very rough water capable to get you to and fro but be very quiet when the trolling motor is in use. This design is for guys that have bad knees so it has easy steps up to the Chittum designed enclosed fishing cage. I have drawn in twin small rudders that will be linked up to the tower pad via Dyneema lines to a whipstaff tiller. You will have your trolling motor controls right on the Chittum cage in front of you. You steer the boat with a nudge to port or starboard with your toe or foot. Super simple low tech.

The best thing in fishing with trolling motors is to set one low speed and just creep along. No up and down speeds to alert the fish you are coming…. Just a low constant hum. Now with you in the Chittum cage you can just cast about at leisure.

The bow is straight to help it not blow about so much. Just like in a Whitehall rowing skiff. When running at speed it’s always out of the water.

This skiff can have a tower too for when you’re lucky enough to have someone to pole you about.

Water ballast tanks are drawn in to give the skiff solid weight in windy conditions. They can be filled and drained without electricity.

Just think of all the no motor zones that will be happening soon. 

The trolling motors shown can be both or just the one on the stern.