Independence Boatworks

Builders of wooden boats for rowing, sailing, motoring or as nautical decoration.

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Rita's Boat, a practical flat-bottom skiff.

A flat-bottomed skiff which measures 7'5" in length, Rita's Boat is named after a good friend who passed away several years ago. Rita joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary late in her life and although she didn't own a boat of her own, she never hesitated to join in on various training operations, and always pulled her weight. We had built this skiff as an experiment, hoping to be able to make available an economical and practical alternative to our other lap strake designs, and offered to raffle off the prototype at our annual Change of Watch. When Rita's name was drawn as the winner, she couldn't have been more pleased to join the boat owners in the organization, and had a lot of great times using this skiff on Sandusky Bay with her children and grandchildren. Thereafter, this design soon became known as "Rita's Boat", and we have built many more of this pattern. We only hope that the other owners of this design have enjoyed using this skiff as much as Rita and her family did over the years.

Classic lines, yet economical construction

Light weight and easy to maneuver in and out of the water, Rita's Boat is a great first boat for the new boater, whether using it for rowing, as a fishing platform, or as a dinghy for a larger boat. It's beam at 4', and high freeboard make for a stable craft, with plenty of room for kids, the family dog, and the picnic basket.

Finished to your specifications

This particular model is finished with a bright varnished interior and transom, and a Teal Green painted bottom. Other colors and finishing options are available.

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1065 S. Jackson St.
Defiance, OH  43512