|Henry Pigott Meeting the Mail Boat|
These boats were generally built upside down. The sides were built first; then the bottom planks were attached. These utilitarian boats were characterized by a sharp angle, called a chine, where the sides met the bottom.
Outer Banks boat builders laid the bottom planks transversely (from side to side). The photo below is of a skiff lying in a yard on Howard Street.
Today, most island fishermen work from fiberglass boats.
Our Ocracoke Newsletter for this month is an article by Philip Howard, My Ocracoke, Living amidst 250 years of Howard family history. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082116.htm.