Our full-size reproduction of the Jersey Skiff can be easily handled by one person, yet sails comfortably with as many as 4 adults aboard. The Jersey Skiff can be equipped with up to 3 rowing positions.
The 17' Jersey Skiff under sail
17' Jersey Skiff Sailboat
A family enjoys the undecked version of our Jersey Skiff
17' Jersey Skiff
17' Jersey Skiff in the tropical sun
17' Jersey Skiff Sailboat
17' Jersey Skiff visits a tall ship
17' Jersey Skiff says hello during tall ship festival
Enjoying a 17' Jersey Skiff on Georgetown Lake, Montana
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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.

“I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed my Jersey Skiff. It has been a fantastic sailing boat for sailing the many lakes of Western Washington and Puget Sound. I am a long time boater but new to sailing and it has been a great, fun challenge to learn the art. The Jersey Skiff sails easy enough for a beginner like myself to quickly become comfortable, yet has more than enough performance to challenge any sailor. I have sailed it in flat calm to 20 knots of wind in rough seas on Puget Sound, having a great time all the way. It even rows well. It tracks straight and carry well with only 5-6 strokes a minute to keep it up to speed.” “The only problem I have had is getting away from the dock because so many people come by to ask and comment about my interesting boat.” “Thanks, Gig Harbor, it’s been a real treat getting to know you and the boat and I’m sure it will be for many years to come.”

– From C. S., of Kent, Wa. (17′ Jersey Skiff)

“I’ve been enjoying the skiff *tremendously* over the last few weeks. We’ve had great weather and although the yahoos are out in force on the Willamette River on weekend afternoons, it’s been wonderful sailing and rowing after work on weekdays and early mornings on the weekends. I’ve been out a few times per week for the last month or so, and it’s really given me a deeper appreciation of the skiff – it’s a great boat. I’ve gotten many admiring comments and questions about where it was built (I’m sending them all your way!).”

~ M. Johnston, Oregon

“The skiff again received many favorable or should I say enviable comments regarding her usefulness as a platform for our whale photography hobby. If you had a shop here I am sure you would be selling these boats like hotcakes. I have had several offers for our boat which has absolutely no chance of being sold. We use it four to six days a week dependent on the weather.”

~ B. Raimo, Lahaina HI (17′ Jersey Skiff)

From the Soundings Magazine article by Dieter Loibner, “On Sailing: Muscle power and wind are all you need

“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
LOA: 16’6″ 16’10″
BEAM: 69″
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.
Model-Specific Options:
  • Deck and no-deck versions
  • Genoa jib sail w/ roller furling
  • Storage hatches
  • Sliding rowing seat


All Our Boats:

17′ Jersey Skiff |16.5′ Melonseed | 16′ Dory | 15′ Lobster Boat | 14′ Whitehall | 12′ Scamp | 12′ Point Defiance | 10′ Navigator | 9.5′ Captain’s Gig | 8′ Nisqually