Back before there was such a thing as the WoodenBoat School, we taught boatbuilding classes in our boatshop at Ducktrap. This book was written for the first year classes in 1980. Building the 9'-7" Maine Skiff was written to guide you through the layout and construction of this good little boat. In it you will find step-by-step coverage of skiff building from lofting and reading plans through completion. You will learn how to make the moulds and set them up, get out the bottom panel and chines, make the stem and transom, get out and install her planks, and install the frames and rails.
Sound like a lot of work? It's not bad broken down into its individual components. It is arranged in 40 individual lessons requiring about an hour apiece, though individual working times will vary from one builder to another. There are no illustrations within the book, because the scale building plans for the Maine Skiff are included for ready reference.
This is basic boatbuilding, and an excellent way for anyone interested in building flat bottom boats to begin. Building the 9'-7" Maine Skiff is particularly popular among those with little or no prior boatbuilding experience.
We're no longer teaching in our shop, but are pleased to report that The WoodenBoat School is going strong over on the other side of the bay in Brooklin. And one of their teachers was one of our first students way back when.