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|
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the War of 1812. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102112.htm.