Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Traditional island skiffs were often flat bottom boats.These wooden boats were typically built upside down, with the bottom planks added last. The bottom planks ran from side to side, not from bow to stern. These boats were simple to construct, and could be built economically in just a few days. They were suitable for the calmer and shallower waters of Pamlico Sound.

A deadrise boat is better suited for rougher water. The deadrise boat is v-shaped in cross-section. Typically the forward section of the deadrise skiff is more sharply v-shaped, and the stern area much flatter. Bottom planks of a deadrise boat are laid fore and aft, not side to side.

An Ocracoke Island Deadrise Skiff

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  1. Anonymous8:13 PM

    like the mast you added...but yellow stay lines ?


  2. Jim, congratulations on a very clever observation!

  3. Anonymous4:09 PM

    nice boat but why do fisherman and farmers have a personal landfill in their yards. nice scenes but a lot of trash to look over....

  4. When you are working on a boat (or farm equipment, I suppose) you need lots of "stuff" -- paint cans, epoxy, blocks, rags, buckets, scrapers, etc. Sometimes we are just a little slow cleaning up, especially if it's a long-term project!