The Jersey Skiff is a stunning boat with a rich heritage. She was designed in the mid-1800’s to be beach-launched and rowed through surf for rescue and salvage work. This required a boat that was stable and fast, had a high carrying capacity, and was easy to handle even when short-handed. The resulting design marries the best attributes of the classic Whitehall and New England Dory hulls, as the the fine bow slices through chop without pounding, while the tumblehome transom tracks with the surety of a Whitehall. A small flat section on the bottom reduces draft, and allows the Jersey Skiff to sit solidly on a beach, while increasing stability whether rowing or sailing.
We offer two versions of the Jersey Skiff: an open boat and a decked version. The open boat is best for those primarily interested in using the Jersey Skiff for rowing, or who want the ultimate economical workhorse. Adding a deck (+4″ LOA / +60lbs. Displacement) will keep the boat drier when sailing in rough conditions and is very attractive. The deck is not required for structural integrity. Motors of up to 4 hp will work well with this boat, and long shaft motors are preferred. A motor can be clamped directly onto the transom of an open version but the decked version will require a bolt-on motor bracket.
– From C. S., of Kent, Wa. (17′ Jersey Skiff)
~ M. Johnston, Oregon
~ B. Raimo, Lahaina HI (17′ Jersey Skiff)
“With my feet strapped to the footstop, I tried to plant the slim blades squarely without digging (or “catching crabs”) while skipper Robertson steered us past the current rips. When I managed to coordinate my stroke with the sliding seat, the power of my leg muscles drove the boat nearly as fast as a cruising boat under engine on a parallel course.
This efficiency is a tribute to the lightweight composite materials (all-up the skiff weighs only 360 pounds) and the hull’s fine entry and a clean exit. “It is a shape that evolved over centuries and was dictated by purpose,” Robertson points out. These skiffs were used for fishing, surf rescues, even ocean crossings.”
“Sailing and rowing a small craft might be a throwback to the past, but in the light of reality its future looks increasingly bright.”
Click here to read the full article (pdf file). Reprinted with permission from Soundings Publications, LLC.
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|Jersey Skiff Specifications|
|No deck||With deck|
|DISPLACEMENT:||300 lbs||360 lbs|
|(Displacement shown is fiberglass, kevlar is unavailable in this model)|
|SAIL AREA:||Main, 63 sq. ft. Jib, 32 sq. ft.|