Last wet test before painting the hull. 410 lbs on the stern. Looking good. On her lines and waiting to take more weight.
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.
I have updated my old Whipray flats skiff design to reflect my current thinking. I feel the design shown here will be superior in many ways to the past design. I have changed the upper spray rails, the bottom chine, and added in an outer skeg to control high speed turns.
The plans can be purchased through me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org for $275.00 for the PDF files and as much email help you will need to build.
I will have a complete build discussion on my blog for this skiff and all skiff builders.
I have named this design after the small CONCHFISH that lives alongside the live Conch shell a highly shought after mollusk and shell that is very tasty in the Caribbean Sea. The fish will swim up inside the living conch when danger approaches. Bahamaians will tell you that the very small fish that you have just speared is a CONCHFISH because it is so small. In real life they are 1-2″ long. Your grouper might be 20″ long but to them it’s just a CONCHFISH.
Conchs can be found on grassy shallow banks.
I drew these when I was 15 years old. I am posting them here in case I lose them.
Just a bunch of school drawings for Biology class.
I found these the other day. They were drawn from the age of 15-19. I post them here because they will not be lost as I live a tenuous sailing Gypsy lifestyle of moving about. Our home in the Bahamas is a good place but it’s in the hurricane alley way. Once online then they are kinda safe… Or as long as this internet thing continues.
I have had boats on my mind forever.
I have had a few requests for more information on this pocket cruiser. I live on my sailboat the HOGFISH MAXIMUS full time and only have Internet when I go ashore where I can pick it up. I have not reached the point of buying antennas to reach long distances. With this in mind please just email me questions as I can then answer them back on the boat at night and send off when next ashore. With the blogs, and facebook I need WYFY to get at the questions so I then have to do this when ashore. Sorry I just don’t have the time for this….. But at night yes as I have time then.
Look at the scale for the drawings. You should be able to print out and draw up your own plans to suit you.
It takes me 80-100 hours to do a full set of plans for a flats skiff and the same for a boat like this being a bit less with all the calculations and such.
I hatch these ideas when on watch and cess them out over time. I have drawn in some people here to show scale for the dreamers in us. I’am 5’3″ tall. Perfect for most any boat. The people shown here are 5’6″ with that being the headroom designed.
You need to really get along to have two people onboard for any length of time.
Here’s what the difference from the two building methods will look like. My shapes are a bit complicated but I feel the extra work is worth the effort. I would still make a strong back jig to build or lay the panels over to make it easier to assemble.
This skiff could be built in core panels by laying the core on a flat surface butting up the pieces. Then glassing one side over the entire panel. This panel will then be very flexible. Lay the glassed side down to form the inside skin. Temporarily screw or stitch together. Pull off and fillet and glass the inside. Roll over and really round the panel edges- Chines to soften the chine, then glass.
The GNARLEY 18 Jsfm is my concept for the over the hill crowd that still wants to pole about. In flats skiffs you have to sit elbow to elbow when running to and fro. With this design you get to have your own Captains seat. Using a jet drive adapted 300 hp engine she will fly along in inches of water annoying everyone on the flat watching you do doughnuts at 50 mph.