A very light easily built Skiff. The Skiff is a modern adaptation of an age old design. Our skiff sails and motors as well as it rows and can accommodate a family of four. Due to its lightweight construction, it can be easily hoisted onto the deck of a larger boat or, if you have a large car, carried on a roof rack.
I purchased the Skiff from Fyne Boats in late October 2002, having never built a boat before and possessing average DIY skills. By Christmas the boat and sail kit were built, by February it was painted and varnished, then once the sail had arrived it was launched in March/April. Hand tools were appropriate for most of the build which was completed in evenings and the odd weekend. Telephone advice was always freely available from Fyne boats. No parts were missing and all accurately cut.
In the last 8 years the boat has been used extensively by our family for sailing and fishing. It sails and rows very well, but will also works with an electric outboard. One of the high points was sailing in Loch Sunart with our two boys accompanied by porpoises. A great family boat for sheltered waters.
Proper rowing and sailing skiffs are extraordinarily rare these days with most flat-bottomed skiffs designed for outboard motors. It is easy to forget what a pleasure it is to spend an afternoon in a handsome, easily-driven rowing skiff, a boat that glides effortlessly with each stroke without dragging its transom. Don't be deceived by the ample beam and stability; this boat rows well enough to cover miles in a day, whether it's to reach your fishing grounds or just to enjoy an afternoon on the water.
The Skiff is a swift boat with much flexibility of use. It has three seating positions: the buoyant tank aft and two lateral ones. The high seats allow for easier entry to the boat.
It readily accepts a small outboard motor, and sails like a dream when fitted with her leg-o-mutton sail. The basic kit includes everything you need to outfit her as a rowing boat or motorboat.
In July to September 2011, Classic Boat magazine features a three-part series of articles on building a Jimmy Skiff in three days at one of our supervised builds at our Lake District workshop.
The kit includes:
This is intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase. Reading this manual will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat. It is the manual that accompanies the kits. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. Scale drawings are used throughout as well as photographs of critical jobs.
If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price.
The plans of the panels with the cutting instructions are included so it is possible to build the boat from scratch using these plans and manual.
This option can be retrospectively fitted and it turns the Skiff hull into an able sailing boat. The unstayed mast is simple to install and remove. Any rig can be fitted but the leg o mutton one usually fitted is simple to work and has a boom that is well above the heads of the crew.
Under sail, the Skiff exhibits perfect balance and impeccable sailing manners in light or fresh breezes. The ‘leg-o-mutton’ sail is quick to set up and strike, with only the simplest controls, making the Jimmy Skiff a perfect boat for beginning sailors. The traditional sprit boom means that the crew will never get whacked in the head during a surprise jibe.
The option includes:
The sail option does not include the warp although we can supply it.