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Outboard Skiff

Constructed with 3/8 inch plywood planking over sawn oak frames, this design can be built to several different lengths, generally ranging from 12' to 18'. The slight V-bottom hull cuts through the chop easily, and the flat run aft allows the boat to plane well under moderate power. The 14'6'' design is designed to handle a 10 to 40 HP outboard engine. The Outboard Skiff design can make a great harbor cruiser, fishing boat, or runabout on the open water. The high freeboard increases this boats stability and keeps her passengers dry.



This 14'6'' design has classic lines to match her performance- she's laid out like a traditional launch, yet built like a sea skiff --able to take it!


This Outboard Skiff is equally suited for use as a runabout on island lakes and rivers, as she is for the rough choppy water. The engine can be controlled with the tiller, as pictured, or remotely with side or front mounted wheel steering.


Typically finished with a painted hull, the contrasting top strake of varnished ply adds both strength and character to this design.


Some of the features of this design include side-mounted wheel steering and engine controls, dry storage under the fore deck, and plenty of seating for a crew of five adults.

                      Another example of the outboard skiff.


NEW! After numerous inquiries from people looking for a small runabout, that would  handle a 5-10 HP motor, we have finally unveiled the Catawba Eleven. A lot of boat for eleven foot of length, the Catawba is easy to handle both in and out of water. Light weight at around 130 to 170 lbs, depending on the options selected, the Catawba Eleven has unlimited array of specifications from which to choose. The deck and side decks, enclosed forward compartment for storage, motor well, steering options, either tiller or wheel, seating arrangements, and finish are just some of the options that can be suited to your desires. This is definitely a design that is versatile, each one unique to its owners specifications. Construction is marine grade mahogany plywood over sawn frames, encapsulated in epoxy, with painted exterior and varnished deck and interior, as shown above (other options are available).

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Defiance, OH  43512