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I currently own a trailer sailor but have found that setup time and slow speeds have kept me from really going anywhere with my pocket cruiser. I am looking for a cruising skiff that is economical to buy and maintain, fast and fairly seaworthy and comfortable for quick trips.
I would consider building something but it would have to be very simple as my time is limited. Are there plans available for the Pacific City Skiff?
There are not yet plans available for the small Pacific City Skiff. We have had numerious inquires and will soon begin the project of working up a set of plans that we hope to have available by early next year.
Meantime here is a suggestion for a small buildable skiff that would have some speed on the water (relative term compared to a sailing vessel), carry a decent load safely, and would have a high degree of sea keeping ability as long as piloted with care...
John Gardners “The Dory Book” is a treasure trove of practical vessels. The 16-Foot Semi-Dory is a fine candidate for your purposes. This skiff is built with plywood and using the Stitch & Tape – Tape & Seam epoxy building method (check out System Three SilverTip Marine Epoxy ), leave out the floor boards, and she would be quite light. This skiff features 16’ LOA, Beam of 5+', a Bow 3’+ above the water, a Motor Well and one could power her with an older 2 cycle 25 hp. outboard. Or maybe one of the new 4 cycle outboards by Tohatsu (18 hp.) or Honda (the 20 Hp.) to get the speed (a 4 cycle 25 hp. maybe a little too heavy for a this boats' narrow transom).
One could also buy a similar vessel in fiberglass called the 16’ Amesbury Dory Skiff from the Stur-Dee Boat Co in Tiverton RI.
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